Wednesday, December 02, 2009



Federal case against neo-Nazi to go to trial next week

Judge puts aside First Amendment issues for now.

By Laurence Hammack

A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss charges against a white supremacist, setting the stage for a trial that will determine whether the man’s hate-filled rants were free speech or illegal threats.

William A. White, commander of the Roanoke-based American National Socialist Workers Party, is scheduled to go on trial starting next week in U.S. District Court.

After hearing defense arguments today that White’s e-mails and online postings were protected by the First Amendment, Judge James Turk denied a motion to dismiss the charges.

"I think the indictment is sufficient to go to trial," Turk said. "It may not be sufficient to go to a jury."

The judge’s comments suggest that after federal prosecutors put on their case against White, he might reconsider whether the neo-Nazi’s actions amounted to true threats, which are not protected by the U.S. Constitution.

White is charged with using e-mail, the telephone and his now defunct Web site to threaten about a half-dozen people across the country, usually after they said or did something that offended his racist beliefs.


  1. Ahhh can't we put it off longer? I just love to see the asshole behind bars.

  2. Dirty Judges in Roanoke can be bought.

  3. What a study in contrasts! Hal Turner, a hysterical drama queen and publicity whore, selling out people right and left to stay out of jail.

    Compare him with Bill White, a stand-up trooper who has retained his basic human dignity as well as his rock-solid fidelity to the Cause.

    Bill White has earned my respect for his professional attitude, while Hal Turner is about as significant as a piece of gum stuck to the bottom of my shoe.

  4. Hopefully this nonsense will be over with.

    I do find it interesting that the wheels of justice turns just a slight bit faster for Turner than it does for White.

  5. That is certainly an interesting fact.

  6. Bill is a trooper for sure.

  7. Hal Turner sending in a fake bomb threat to nail Bill White it was revealed in court today.

    Honestly, I hope White sues the living hell out of Hal for that one.

  8. Thanks Schwartz, I'll tell Bill about that.


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