Wednesday, September 02, 2009
National Socialist Activist Bill White Back In Roanoke To Face More Federal Charges, Bond Hearing September 10th, Free Speech Defense Anticipated
On September 2nd, 2009, the Roanoke Times reports that national socialist activist Bill White, who is still officially the commander of the dormant American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP), has finally returned to Roanoke and is preparing to face another battery of Federal charges stemming from his prior activism. A short report has also been published by WDBJ Channel 7.
During a brief hearing on Tuesday September 1st in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski told White, who has been locked up since October 2008, that he is entitled to another bond hearing, despite the fact that the same Urbanski originally denied him bond last year prior to the Chicago case. This does not necessarily signal the Urbanski might reach a different decision on bond this time, but does reflect the fact that this is a different case, and that Urbanski might favorably consider the fact that the Chicago charges were quashed. There is a chance Bill White might be granted bail - but he might have to agree to a series of onerous restrictions like the ones originally proposed for Hal Turner in that case. In particular, White might be asked to stay off the Internet and even agree not to have access to a personal computer in exchange for bail.
In the Chicago case, Bill White was originally charged with solicitation for posting online the name, address and telephone number of the Jewish foreman of a Chicago jury that railroaded Matt Hale. But on July 21st, a federal judge rejected the government's theory that White solicited violence against the juror, ruling his actions were protected by the First Amendment. Roanoke attorneys David Damico and Ray Ferris, who have yet to be officially hired by White but appeared in court Tuesday on his behalf, said after the hearing that they would consider a free-speech defense to the charges similar to the one that was used successfully in Chicago. Update: On September 4th, WDBJ reports that the two lawyers now have been officially hired by White.
But complicating the issue in Roanoke is the fact that Bill White actually faces many more charges, and that there is more than one "victim". Among White's targets were the so-called "civil rights attorney" Richard Warman in Canada, the nationally syndicated black newspaper columnist Leonard "Cry Me A River" Pitts, and an obscure small-town black mayor in New Jersey. Specifically, he was charged with five counts of communicating threats in interstate commerce, one count of communicating an extortionate threat in interstate commerce, and one count of witness intimidation.
If found guilty of communicating threats in interstate commerce, White could face a maximum punishment of five years in prison for each count of the indictment. If found guilty of communicating extortionate threats in interstate commerce, White could face a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison. If found guilty of witness intimidation, White faces a maximum punishment of ten years in prison. Each of the aforementioned charges also entails a potential fine of up to $250,000.
The 19-page Roanoke indictment can be read HERE (loads slowly).
Bill White's financial posture appears to be more favorable than it once was. According to this post on this VNN Forum thread, his Chapter 11 cleared in late July with the release of about $1 million in debt, without any substantial loss of rental income. He states that his estate continues to generate $17,000 - $18,000 per month of income, his debt payments are down in the $7,500 range, and for the first time in nine months he is positioned to return to buying property. Visit the FreeBillWhite website for more information on this case.