Hal Turner Gets 33 Months For Making Death Threats On Website
December 22, 2010 at 8:13 AM (PT)
A right-wing NEW JERSEY Internet radio host and blogger was sentenced to 33 months in prison TUESDAY for calling for the killings of three CHICAGO federal appellate judges on his website last year, reports the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. HAL TURNER was convicted in AUGUST by a federal jury in Brooklyn of threatening to assault and kill the three judges on the 7th Circuit U.S. COURT OF APPEALS in CHICAGO. Two earlier trials had ended with the juries deadlocked.
When Judges RICHARD POSNER, FRANK EASTERBROOK and WILLIAM BAUER upheld a lower court ruling dismissing challenges to CHICAGO's ban on handguns (which The U.S. SUPREME COURT later struck down), TURNER wrote on his website that all three judges "deserve to be killed." The postings included photographs, phone numbers, work addresses and room numbers of the judges, as well as a photo and map of the DIRKSEN U.S. COURTHOUSE.
Lawyers for TURNER argued his statements were protected by his First Amendment right to free speech and that he was coached on the line between protected speech and threats by federal agents while he informed for the FBI on right-wing groups.