Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Hal Turner - More Serious
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Case against blogger transferred to ‘more serious’ division
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
By Mary E. O’Leary, Register Topics Editor
HARTFORD — Hal Turner, blogger and Internet radio host, Monday had his inciting injury case transferred to the division of Superior Court in Hartford that deals with more serious offenses.
The New Jersey resident’s attorney, Matthew Potter, said his client was not in court because he was still in federal custody.
Turner was free on $25,000 bail last month from the Connecticut charges when he was arrested in a separate federal case in which he is charged with threatening to assault and murder three U.S. judges in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
Turner, characterized as an anti-Semite and white supremacist by anti-racism groups, is due back in Superior Court July 28 to enter a plea to charges he incited his followers to injure state Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, state Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, and state ethics commission worker Thomas Jones.
The class C felony carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Potter also filed a motion seeking permission for attorney Michael Orozco, Turner’s s New Jersey lawyer, to assist in the Connecticut case. Orozco is not licensed to practice in Connecticut.
Turner was arrested by state Capitol police in early June after he used his Web site to urge people to “take up arms” against the three men over a bill that would have given Roman Catholic lay members more control over parish finances and over a lobbying issue.
Lawlor and McDonald are co-chairmen of the Judiciary Committee where the bill originated. Jones was the person who notified the Diocese of Bridgeport it was being investigated over a possible ethics violation by not registering as a lobbyist when it organized a massive rally against the bill.
The bill was killed before it even had a public hearing, while the ethics inquiry was dropped this month on the recommendation of state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
Turner, 47, called the three Connecticut men “tyrannical scumbags,” and advocated Catholics “take up arms and put down this tyranny by force.” He promised to release their home addresses at a later date.
“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,” he said.
On June 24, FBI agents arrested Turner at his home in North Bergen, N.J., charging him with threatening to assault or murder Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook, Judge Richard Posner and Judge William Bauer when the 7th Circuit upheld a gun ban in Chicago.
He put the judges’ public work addresses and a map of the Dirksen Federal Building on the Web site and promised to post their home addresses.
In the same blog, he referred to a U.S. District case in Chicago where a gunman killed the mother and husband of U.S. District Court Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow Feb. 28, 2005, after Lefkow ruled in another church case.
“Apparently, the 7th U.S. Circuit court didn’t get the hint after those killings. It appears another lesson is needed,” Turner posted, the affidavit says.
The FBI questioned Turner in the 2005 killings; he was not charged. Two years before the murders he had said on his radio show that Lefkow “was worthy of being killed.”
In January 2009, Turner railed against a judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals for a specific ruling and said that jurist would do well to remember what had happened to Lefkow. “After I heaped scorn upon (Lefkow,) someone went to her house and gunned down her family,” Turner said, according to the affidavit.
Magistrate Judge Michael A. Shipp in New Jersey found Turner was a danger to the community, denied him bail a second time and ordered him sent to Illinois.
On June 26, Turner recorded a message to his followers seeking money, and broadcast names of the FBI agents who arrested him, judicial officials said.
Mary E. O’Leary can be reached at 789-5731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Nikki at 7/15/2009 06:29:00 PM