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Hate blogger Harold "Hal'' Turner of North Bergen is planning to plead innocent next week when he goes before a Connecticut judge on charges he threatened state lawmakers, his lawyer said.
Turner is also facing unrelated federal charges accusing him of threatening to kill three Chicago-based federal judges.
He's due back in in Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday.
Turner was charged after urging his blog readers to "take up arms" against state Sen. Andrew McDonald and Rep. Michael Lawlor.
Turner was angry over legislation that would have given lay members of Roman Catholic churches more control over their parishes' finances. The bill was withdrawn in March.
There is a chance the hearing could be postponed. Turner is currently in jail without bond in Illinois, where he is accused of threatening to kill three federal judges.
I think the chances of a postponement are pretty darned good given his current situation. Something tells me that Hartford might have to wait a little while.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 30, 2009
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Orozco, Attorney at law
ARREST OF RADIO HOST HAL TURNER
Chicago, IL –
On June 2, 2009, Hal Turner, sitting in his home in New Jersey, opined on his web site that the recent opinion of three judges in the Seventh Circuit was unconstitutional. That opinion was legally protected free speech pursuant to numerous rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Three weeks later, the FBI executed a search warrant on his home in North Bergen. Nothing illegal was found, yet Mr. Turner was arrested and charged with violating a federal statute which makes it a crime to threaten to assault or injury a judge in retaliation of the performance of their official duties. Mr. Turner never, under any circumstances, meant this communication to be seen as a true threat to these judges.
Since his incarceration Mr. Turner has been subjected to de-humanizing conditions at jail. This is not justice; this is the persecution and mistreatment of Mr. Turner through administrative means. He has been denied medical treatment; he has been denied access to a means to contact his family for weeks, as well as his attorneys; he has been declared a high level threat despite the fact that he has never committed an act of violence, and; had caps on his teeth removed as he was told they could be used as a weapon. Currently Mr. Turner’s blood pressure has reached an alarming number, yet he has received no medical attention. The pleas from his family to the jail have gone unanswered.
At the July 28th, 2009 bond hearing, Magistrate Judge Ashman gave Mr. Turner’s attorneys more time to produce evidence of his prior acts while working as an FBI informant and immediately after which resulted in numerous lives being saved and sophisticated military hardware from being placed into the black market.
First, Hal Turner did more than "opine" that the Judge's rulings were unconstitutional. He said that they should be killed and provided a map to their offices. Whether or not this is protected by the First Amendment is the issue. But, for an attorney to issue such a erroneous and misleading statement flies in the face of all of those following the case. Tell the damned truth and let's go from there.
Secondly - Hal Turner has access to a physician and is not being denied medical attention when necessary. The guards and employees there are, for the most part, highly professional and the last thing that they want is someone dying on their watch.
Yes...his phone calls are being curtailed - largely because of the stunt that he pulled earlier with putting out a recorded message; also because he is considered a high level threat which places him under special administrative measures. Hal cries a lot these days. He is prone to hysteria. That alone will cause his blood-pressure to increase.
Now that it has become public that he worked with the feds - does he or his wife want him sent into the general population? Perhaps they believe he would be better off "socializing?"