Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Department Of Justice Blatantly Rigging Second Hal Turner Trial In Their Favor, Seek To Preclude Testimony About Turner Being An FBI Informant
Although the White Nationalist community remains deeply disappointed in Hal Turner turning out to be a snitch, it is appropriate to keep informed about the Federal government's blatant oppression of him. After all, a real White activist, Bill White, has already been victimized by similar tactics, and any of us who engage in pro-White advocacy online could be next. Hal Turner has been used as a test bed by the Feds to see how much repression the American people will tolerate.
NorthJersey.com reports that the Department of Justice is openly and flagrantly attempting to rig the upcoming second Hal Turner trial, set to begin March 1st, in favor of the Federal government. Federal prosecutors are seeking to bar Turner from revealing his longtime role as a FBI informant to a jury when he is retried for allegedly threatening three appeals court judges from Chicago. This despite the fact that the FBI itself has publicly admitted to using Turner as an informant and compensating him handsomely for his services. Turner's first trial ended in a mistrial on December 7th after the jury reported it was hopelessly deadlocked.
Prosecutors want U.S. District Judge Donald Walter to preclude Turner’s lawyers from referring to his background as a confidential source for the FBI unless they plan to present evidence, which they contend “can only come from the testimony of the defendant himself.” Otherwise, they say in motion papers, “allowing argument or questioning of the government’s witnesses about [Turner’s] status as an informant is nothing but an irrelevant sideshow designed to distract and confuse the jury.”
When Federal prosecutors tried similar tactics in the first trial, Turner’s lawyers countered by arguing that he was a highly-regarded source who was entrusted to gather information on white supremacist movements at home and abroad, and was not guilty because the FBI taught him what he could and could not say. But when the government attempted to present evidence to rebut the defense’s claims, the judge ruled such evidence was inadmissible because Turner presented no evidence that he was trained to threaten public figures. Thus the government wants to preclude the informant issue from being raised during the trial in the first place.
However, the fact that Turner was an FBI informant is absolutely germane to the case and forms a critical part of Turner's defense strategy. To strip him of the ability to use the informant argument would result in crippling his defense - and facilitate a wrongful conviction based upon incomplete evidence. This is exactly what the government wants - to stack the deck against Turner in the first place.
The Department of Justice is NOT interested in justice.
Even during the interregnum between the two trials, the Department of Justice has sought to censor Hal Turner. The Family Of Hal Turner blog reports that when Hal Turner sought to accept an invitation to appear on 60 Minutes, despite the fact that the terms of Turner's release on bail forbid him from giving media interviews without permission from the court. Turner's lawyers asked Judge Donald Walter for permission to give the interview, and initially, Judge Walter said "Yes" but told defense attorneys to check with the government to see how they feel. But when the U.S. Attorney realized such an interview would disrupt the government's ownership of the story, he objected to allowing the interview to take place; subsequently, Judge Walter refused permission, thus spiking the interview.
The Department of Justice does not merely want to convict Hal Turner; they want to bury him and flush him down the Orwellian memory hole.
I do NOT recommend sending Hal Turner any money to help with his defense. He has earned the contempt and scorn of the White Nationalist community by manipulating us with his fairy stories and begging for money for seven years. But what he has not earned - and does NOT deserve - is to be railroaded into a ZOG pen for 10-20 years just because he was posting provocative information on the Internet. Consequently, expressions of moral support are appropriate, not for the sake of Hal Turner, but for the sake of the First Amendment, which is clearly under attack. If the Feds can get away with burying Hal Turner, it will increase the likelihood of them coming after us next.
If we wait until Don Black, Alex Linder, or Kevin McDonald are sitting in a Federal docket before we stand up for the First Amendment, it will be too late.