In Day 3 of the Hal Turner Federal trial in Brooklyn on December 3rd, 2009, the big surprise to most observers was that after the prosecution presented their six witnesses, the defense called NO witnesses. The dramatic free-speech defense hinted at by Turner defense attorney Michael Orozco never materialized. Both sides have rested their cases. Also read a much more detailed account published by Daryle Lamont Jenkins on One People's Project; despite DLJ's reputation as an anti, the report is fairly objective.
Note: You can review all posts on the Hal Turner Federal trial HERE, with the most recent post appearing first.
Both the prosecution and the defense will present closing arguments on Thursday December 4th, after which the case will go to the jury. There are already unsubstantiated rumours floating around the Web that the judge may dismiss the case after the final arguments instead of delivering it to the jury. Even if that happens, Turner still has the Connecticut state incitement charges to face, in which he's accused of targeting Senator Andrew McDonald, Rep. Michael Lawlor and Thomas Jones, an enforcement officer at the Office of State Ethics, with comments considered by police to be incendiary. If convicted of inciting injury to persons or property, Turner faces a maximum prison sentence of up to 10 years.
William Norman Grigg, a longtime member of the John Birch Society, discusses the Hal Turner case on Pro Libertate. He describes Turner as just another prefabricated fascist in an assembly line of FBI provocateurs, comparing him with infamous FBI snitch David Gletty, who organized an NSM rally in Orlando, FL in 2006. Grigg also believes the NSM to be an FBI-controlled false-flag operation; to further support his contention, he refers to a recent mainstream immigration reform rally in Phoenix in which NSM operative J.T. Ready shows up...brandishing a Hitler poster. One of the ralliers attempted to seize the poster, triggering a physical altercation. Even more interesting is that Phoenix New Times antiracist blogger Stephen Lemons gets downright chummy with Ready.
This, in turn, induced ALIPAC's volatile, unstable, and egotistical William Gheen, who desperately seeks absolution from the SPLC, to chimp out and send a hysterical e-mail to Dr. David Duke and Stormfront, virtually "ordering" them to stay out of his organization's business. What better for the Feds than to use "white nationalist" provocateurs to sow division and dissension within the immigration reform movement, as well as to make legitimate white nationalists look like fools.
I wonder if Bill White ever dreamed that when he was standing beside Hal Turner at that NSM rally, that he was standing beside a world-class snitch. I also wonder if Turner has anything to do with White's own legal troubles.