Mistrial Declared in Racist Hate Blogger Hal Turner’s Case

December 8, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The trial of vile white supremacist blogger and Internet radio host Hal Turner, charged with making death threats against three Chicago area federal appellate judges, ended in a mistrial on Monday. The jurors were hopelessly deadlocked with a reported vote of 9-3 to acquit Turner for lack of evidence. Federal prosecutors intend to retry Turner in March. Turner’s case was complicated by his role, as a FBI informant. He claimed that his threatening online rhetoric was encourage by the FBI. And that when he ventured too far, making death threats, the FBI arrested him.

Hal Turner, 47, of North Bergen, NJ has been spreading his odious brand of hate and racism, since the 1990s. He began his infamous hate-filled Internet radio show in 2002. At some point post 9/11 in 2003, he was recruited by the FBI to act as an undercover informant in the ugly white supremacist and neo-Nazi community. Although Turner insists he began his work as a federal white hate informant much earlier, in 2002.

Nevertheless, Turner published death threats against three federal 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.

And that wasn’t the first time Turner has threatened public officials. He has made a habit of posting threats over the years, which have turned more violent. The white supremacist also faces charges for inciting violence against Connecticut officials, state Rep. Michael Lawlor, state Sen. Andrew McDonald and state ethics commission officer Thomas Jones, threatening to publish their home addresses.

“It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally. These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die, wrote Turner in his blog, threatening the officials. Connecticut police described Turner’s statements as, “…above and beyond the threshold of free speech.”

Turner has past associations with Fox News host Sean Hannity and MSNBC’s right-wing pundit Pat Buchanan. Max Blumenthal’s 2005 piece in the Nation, entitled “Hannity’s Soul-Mate of Hate,” offers a detailed analysis of Sean Hannity’s earlier association with white supremacist Hal Turner.

Turner faces a maximum prison sentence of up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine on the Chicago-based federal charge and one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for the state Connecticut charges.


Photo Source: AP Photo/State Capitol Police


2 Responses to “Mistrial Declared in Racist Hate Blogger Hal Turner’s Case”

  1. Richard on December 8th, 2009 2:46 pm

    You are in error sir! Matt Hale had nothing to do with those or any other Judges killings. What is you deal you can just say white supremacist and those persons rights do not matter?

    Hal has the right to put those peoples information on the net and in the next breath threaten them. They are judges and are under threat from anyone no matter what. use that brain of yours other than to corrupt the minds of proud white people.

  2. Jill Henry on December 9th, 2009 4:12 pm

    Isn’t “white supremacist” redundent?

    Words like supremacist and racist are simply code words that mean whitey.

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