Shock Jock Hal Turner Calls 33-Month Jail Sentence ‘Legal Skullduggery’
December 21, 2010
(ChattahBox US News)–Neo-Nazi blogger and Internet radio host Hal Turner was sentenced to 33-months in federal prison for his earlier conviction on charges of threatening to murder three Chicago-based federal appellate judges. Before he was led away from the courtroom, Turner railed for an hour, slamming the prosecutors and the judge for convicting him based on what he said were lies. The extremist shock jock also said the conviction and sentence violated his First Amendment rights. But the court and federal prosecutors rejected the argument that threatening the lives of federal judges was legally protected speech.
“’The charge against me was a lie from the beginning and the verdict was invalid because it was based on fraud,” Turner said. He accused the judge of “legal skullduggery” for changing the legal definition of a threat, ignoring 40 years of Supreme Court case law on freedom of speech, and presiding over a “three-ring circus” that resorted to magic tricks to fool a jury.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane McArthur had actually requested that Turner be sentenced to six-years, because of the serious nature of the threats.
“This is beyond opinion … beyond commentary. He wanted this to threaten and intimidate these judges to change their ways,” she said. The judges, from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, testified they feared for their lives, she said.
As previously reported by ChattahBox, Turner was arrested last year for threatening to murder the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges Frank Easterbrook, Richard Posner and William Bauer:
“Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed,” said Turner in one of his more threatening postings. “Apparently, the 7th U.S. Circuit court didn’t get the hint after those killings, it appears another lesson is needed.” Turner was referring the murders of a Chicago judge and family members, solicited by white supremacist, Matt Hale.
“In addition to the death threats, Turner published the judges’ photographs, work addresses, telephone numbers, room numbers and a photo of the building where they worked.”
Turner was finally convicted in August, after two mistrials with deadlocked juries. His case became complicated after his role as an FBI informant in the White Supremacist community came to light.
Turner’s attorney says he plans to appeal the conviction and sentence.