There are a couple of postscripts on the George Christie case. Christie was sentenced August 15 to a year in prison.
And Christie, who is now free to talk to anybody he wants, has shared with this page the statement he made to Judge George H. Wu at his sentencing and given his permission for this page to put his words into the public record. His words speak for themselves.
Also, Nick Mead, the British documentarian whose film about Christie became an element in Christie’s case, wanted to reply “to a few questions raised about the film” on the site. So Mead’s comments are published here too.
George Christie Speaks
“The man that law enforcement is pursuing no longer exists. Like the Western outlaws of old he walked into a new century and vanished. He is gone, and I ask you to let him rest in peace.
“It’s true, for forty years I rode with the Hells Angels. Thirty-five of those as one of its leaders and spokesmen. Although I am no longer a member or participant in that lifestyle, it is hard to separate my past from the present for many people, as well as the man from the myth, and that includes myself at times.
“Over time I have tried to become smarter, wiser and more tempered. I’ve not always taken the correct turns in life but when I have realized I was off course I have always tried my best to once again find true north.
“Several years ago I made a decision to not just relinquish my office, but to end my tenure as a club member: A difficult personal decision I knew would arouse suspicion in many. Through providence, I found myself on a road down which I was no longer willing to take my wife and young son.
“As a leader, you can either fish each day for your men or teach them to fish for themselves. I thought I had taught them the art of fishing. I made a mistake in judgment as their leader. And, as I slowly let go of power it created a vacuum. That set off a power struggle that created a series of events that brings me before the court.
“Although I did not personally direct anyone, I accept that if I am truly guilty of anything it is a lack of leadership. So I stand here before you ready to accept the punishment for the crimes I’ve pled guilty to and once again find true north.”
Nick Mead Speaks
“We anticipate a few screenings of the original ‘slightly happier ending’ version of the film during September. And we anticipate that George will speak at those screenings. We no longer have to adhere to the threats of the Government and their employees.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there has never been any secret about this film. If the government had asked I would have happily screened the film for them. It’s George’s story. We have nothing to hide. Fact is they didn’t ask, and instead chose to slam the film in court. They haven’t seen it. No one has.
“There has also been a slight error in the reporting. The screening in Ventura was never intended for potential buyers of the film. In fact distribution for it has been attached for months. It was intended as a thank you to the people of Ventura and all proceeds of the premiere were going to an autism charity. George’s son is autistic.
“We will need to shoot a slightly different ending now that George has been delivered some jail time. We want to make a little feature out of the government’s ‘paid informant’ who perjured himself, saying one thing in one case and something totally contradictory in another. I guess when you’re a “paid informant” you say what you are paid to say. Hence the term, ‘paid informant.’
“And, in case there is any doubt, unlike the Discovery Channel, we do not thank the ATF in the end credits.”