As someone who has covered Bill White and all of his wild and zany exploits - (and yes, that's exactly what his actions were since they were only engaged in to satisfy his craving for notoriety) - I feel compelled to say a few words regarding today's sentencing and Bill White's ongoing saga.
According to WSLS, Channel 10 News, and other sources, Bill White has remained a contentious individual even while in custody. One can only speculate at how difficult it must have been to serve as the defense attorney for the "Millionaire Nazi" (if you believe) whose personality disorder necessitates his own self-aggrandizement and constant nurturing of his fragmented ego.
Even though David Damico, attornery for the defense, successfuly represented White Chicago, and achieved a certain level of success in the Roanoke trial in that he was able to convince a jury to bring in "not guilty" verdicts on several of the charges, he apparently fell short in Bill's eyes. Or perhaps it was just a contol thing. You see, Bill just couldn't leave it alone.
For the past few months, White has been filing motions on his own behalf. An act of defiance? Frustration? Nah...it's just Bill White showing everyone how "smart" he is. Of course, the net effect was simply antagonizing the Court. He's really good at that.
So...Bill has been acting out. We expected as much. Given the fact that he could very well be walking the streets of Roanoke again in about eight months, we expect more acting out is on the horizon. Oh...he'll be on probation and forbidden to use the internet - uh...huh. We'll see how that works out for him. One thing Bill White is NOT good at is self-control and circumventing authority is something he really prides himself on.
Oh yeah - and because he is a convicted felon - he can't carry a gun. At least, he can't get caught with a gun.
The one ray of hope in all of this is that White has burned a lot of bridges and not held in the highest regard among other white nationalists - although, as a whole, they have a very short memory and the really lame and needy among them will hold him up as some sort of martyr for the cause - after all, he IS considered one of their "prisoners of war."
If I sound cynical, it's because when it comes to Bill, I AM cynical. The best one can hope for in all of this is that upon his release he will realize that his wife and child have suffered enough at his hangs and that he has a lot of reparations to make. We can hope...but, this is Bill we're talking about.
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