Tuesday, August 17, 2010

After three trials, Hal Turner convicted on charges of threatening federal judges




Hate Blogger Convicted of Threats After Three Trials

August 16, 2010
By David Kravets

Three trials later, authorities have finally won a criminal conviction against Hal Turner, the New Jersey hate blogger charged with threatening to kill federal appeals court judges.

Turner was convicted in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday of threatening to assault or murder a federal official or judge, and faces a maximum 10-year prison term under the law, with a likely 10 to 16 months under federal sentencing guidelines. His sentencing date has not been set.

He blogged at turnerradionetwork.blogspot.com that the three judges of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit of Appeals should be “killed” for upholding a Chicago handgun ban last year.

“Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions,” the 47-year-old blogger wrote.

He also posted addresses, photos, maps and other identifying information about Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer.

The first mistrial was in December and the other in March after jurors were hopelessly deadlocked. Juries in the second and third trial heard testimony from the judges who said they felt threatened by Turner’s writings.


Turner, who was jailed following the verdict, claimed he was a Federal Bureau of Investigation informant (.pdf) paid to disseminate right-wing rhetoric. Facing up to a decade in prison if convicted, Turner maintained the First Amendment protected his speech.

Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, applauded the verdict.

“There is no place in society for threatening federal judges with violence. Period,” he said in a statement. “We are grateful that the jury saw these threats for what they were and rejected any notion that they were acceptable speech.”

Turner’s counsel was not immediately available for comment.
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/08/turner/



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3 comments:

Joe White said...

Another abuse of the justice system by Fitzgerald. Why did the first 2 juries deadlock? Because the case was not strong enough - that's why. If you stack the right jury, eventually they'll do what you want.

Lone Wolf said...

^I agree with you Joe. Even though Turner is a Fed informant scumbag, what he said was protected under the First Amendment. All he said was that some individuals "deserve" to die.

My question is why ZOG turned on their own agent provocateur and informant.

Anonymous said...

THIS IS A DARK DAY FOR AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM.
COULD PEOPLE CALL JUDGES GANGSTERS IN ROBES?

This is a dark day for American Justice. America is becoming a police state, worse than 3rd world countries. Hearing this shocking news, I am ashamed to be an American. America is truly an evil empire--thanks to our crooked corrupt tyrannical judiciary.

Hal Tuner merely said that Judges "deserved" to die. Deserving is an opinion of worth. It is NOT a threat. How could the jurors have been so stupid?

The American Judiciary has basically become like a criminal gang--if they are offended, they can frame anybody and have him put in jail--first amendment laws and the constitution be damned.

Criminals in robes and their henchmen--the prosecutors, and the gullible suckers they install as jurors--are the real threat to all of us.

If we do not stand up against his Judicial crime against humanity, we are in serious trouble. It is time to prosecute the prosecutors and the Judges for their lawless rampages and free Mr. Turner.