Internet Radio Host Trial Begins in Brooklyn
March 2, 2010 1 Comment
Hal Turner, a Bergen county web radio talk show host, has been characterized as a white supremacist and an anti-Semite. A trial accusing him of encouraging listeners to murder three federal appellate judges, begins today in Brooklyn at the Cadman Plaza federal courthouse.
In June of last year, according to prosecutors, Turner was so outraged by the ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago, (which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court), upholding a handgun ban in Chicago, he posted threats on his Internet blog saying the judges “deserved to be killed”. In a subsequent post, he provided the names, work addresses, phone numbers and photos of the judges and called them “traitors” and said “their blood will replenish the tree of liberty”.
The justices involved were Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook, Judge Richard Posner and Judge William Bauer, all from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The venue for the trials was moved to the District Court for the Eastern District of New York from the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, on the defense’s contention that Turner couldn’t get a fair trial in the city where the judges work.
Turner’s first trial ended in a mistrial in December when the jury deadlocked with a majority favoring acquittal.
Despite objections from the defense, the three judges have been permitted to testify and will do so next week.