UPDATE: Updated 8:40 p.m.
Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski has ordered William A. White held without bond
FROM MR. SCHWARTZ...
BREAKING, CHICAGO GRAND JURY INDCTS WHITE... Notice the words CHICAGO GRAND JURY, not ROANOKE grand jury. Did they have White fooled or what????
Just hours before neo-Nazi activist William A. White’s preliminary hearing in Roanoke on a charge of encouraging violence against a federal juror, authorities announced today that White has been indicted on the same charge by a federal grand jury in Chicago.
The development clears the way for White to stand trial in Chicago, although he is still scheduled to appear in federal court this afternoon for a bond hearing.
The grand jury indicted White Tuesday on a charge of soliciting injury to the foreman of a jury that convicted a fellow white supremacist, Matthew Hale, of plotting to kill a federal judge in Chicago, authorities announced today.
Last month, White posted the juror’s name, address and telephone numbers to his Web site, overthrow.com.
By calling the man a "Gay, anti-racist" juror who played a key role in Hale’s conviction and making his whereabouts known, federal prosecutors contend, White intended for someone to act on the information by harming or threatening the juror.
White, 31, was arrested Friday. He had been scheduled to attend a preliminary hearing this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, where Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski was to have determined whether there was probable cause to support the charge.
But now that a Chicago grand jury has already made that finding and indicted White, there’s no need for a preliminary hearing.
The indictment outlines a number of other cases in which White has posted personal information about his self-proclaimed enemies and made veiled threats, including a call last year to "Lynch the Jena 6" — a reference to six black teenagers whose arrest on assault charges triggered a major civil rights march in Jena, La.