Yesterday the charges against William "Bill" White were dismissed in Chicago. After reading the decision and the case law cited, I have to agree with the dismissal of the charges. There are a couple of things that really trouble me...
1) When Bill was arrested and the indictment was made public, I made a statement that is generally true. I said that usually the charges and evidence brought before a grand jury do not reflect everything they have on a person. Generally speaking, they usually have much more than they show.
Hence it is incomprehensible to me that the government did not have more than what they did when they arrested White. That really bothers me. From that, we can speculate on many possibilities - three of which are dominating the discussion surrounding this case:
A) Was this nothing more than a boondoggle on the part of law-enforcement and prosecutors?
B) Was this a clear-cut case of government harassment over unpopular opinions or speech?
C) Did Bill White give the government what they really wanted in exchange for the dismissal?
As previously stated, it is beyond my comprehension that the powers that be would bring such a flimsy and faulty case to the court.
Now, to say that I am disappointed would be a magnanimous understatement. Like many others, I had looked forward to the courtroom drama and the precedent that might be set. While there are several previous rulings that have emanated from prior cases involving Freedom of Speech, there are still many questions to be answered.
2) What happens now should concern all of us. Even though White still has to face similar charges in Roanoke, it would probably not be too prudent to assume anything less than another dismissal. I will take a wait and see attitude on that one.
However, should Bill White become free of all charges, it might be safe to assume that one of several things could transpire:
A) We will be subjected to endless months of Bill's lies, exaggerations, distortions, and self-aggrandizement. And/or...
B) We will be subjected to endless months of the racists among us saluting Bill White as some kind of "champion of the white cause." And/or...
C) We might witness the re-emergence of his American National Socialist Worker's Party attracting every misfit and miscreant in the white nationalist movement. Or..
D) Bill White might join forces with Frazier Glenn Miller given the propensity of both men for ratting out their comrades.
E) Of course, White could do the smart thing and try to rebuild his life sans the movement spending more time with his wife and daughter and reinventing himself into a decent husband and father. That would be the preferable, although the most remote, of all possibilities.
America is unequivocally the greatest country on Earth. It is unique and, without question, affords the most liberties to its citizens. No one - and I mean no one - wants to see that change.
In the case of Bill White, the judge was, in my opinion, absolutely correct. If all that was brought to the table was what was listed, then the case was faulty, lacked legal authority, and was very poorly prepared. Shame on them. Many of us believed that there was more evidence and more charges that would be forthcoming as the government "built" its case. That didn't happen.
How this might impact the Hal Turner case is, of course, anyone's guess. There are many similarities between the two. There are also some differences - fuel for another discussion.
As the white nationalists and constitutional purists celebrate what they believe is a victory for free speech, many questions are still left unanswered and will probably remain so for many years to come. The debate will continue. And we'll all wait for the next round. You can bet, "Juror A" won't rest any easier.