(May 24, 2013) Political activist Adam Kokesh was released from the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center Friday night, May 24. The former Marine was charged with a felony for actions during a legalization of marijuana rally. Those felonies have been reduced to citations.
Kokesh was held in jail and allegedly denied the right to make one phone call during his four days of incarceration, during which he was held in a "federal cage." Friends and family members have protested outside the courthouse, crying for the release of Kokesh.
Kokesh was arrested May 18 while exercising his First Amendment rights during a public protest. On May 24, Kokesh posted to his radio show Adam vs. The Man :
"When a government has repeatedly and deliberately failed to follow its own laws, violated the fundamental human rights of its citizens, threatened the sanctity of a free press, created institutions intended to eliminate privacy of communication, waged war at the behest of special interest that threatens the public safety, killed hundreds of children with drone strikes, imprisoned and destroyed the lives of countless individuals for victimless crimes, stifled economic opportunity to maintain the dominance of the financial elite, stolen from the people through an absurd system of taxation and inflation, sold future generations into debt slavery, and abused it is power to suppress political opposition, it is unfit to exist and it becomes the duty of the people to alter or abolish that government by whatever means necessary to secure liberty and ensure peace.