I just talked to Barrett Brown. He was fresh out of the bathtub and sounded no worse for his three days in prison. “I got to go back to Seagoville and see some of my old buddies,” Barrett said. “Then today, they came in and told me, ‘You won. Get your stuff ready.’ An assistant from the halfway house had to come and pick me up in his car.”
Barrett says they made him sign some documents at the halfway house that make no sense, given that he was ostensibly re-arrested for not getting permission to talk to the media. One of the forms he was asked to sign gives the BOP permission to talk to the media about him.
Major credit for freeing Barrett goes to David M. Siegal, a New York-based Haynes and Boone attorney who worked with our Dallas-based Haynes and Boone attorney, Jason Bloom. In a written statement, Siegal said: “The treatment of Barrett Brown by the Bureau of Prisons was unjustified and in violation of his First Amendment Free Speech Rights. Unfortunately, Barrett was forced to spend three days in a federal penitentiary when he should have been out living his life. We are happy we were able to work with Barrett and his family to achieve his return home today.”
Barrett said he’ll be along tomorrow on FrontBurner with a few words about what the last three days were like. Stay tuned.