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It will not be a Merry Christmas for Hal Turner. On December 21st, 2010, U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter put a big lump of coal in his stocking when he sentenced Turner to 33 months in prison threatening three Chicago judges in an Internet blog post (he will be credited with the eight months time already served). In addition, he was also sentenced to three years of supervised release at the end of his imprisonment, during which time he will be banned from participating in Internet or satellite radio programming. The first six months of the supervised release will be home confinement.
Judge Walter deliberately chose the lowest possible sentence within the Federal sentencing guidelines. In addition, all sources remain mum about the fact that Turner still has Connecticut state charges to deal with; in that case, Turner is accused of inciting injury to persons for urging blog readers to "take up arms" against state lawmakers there who proposed legislation to give Roman Catholic lay members more control over parish finances.
Media stories from the official FBI press release, as well as NorthJersey.com, the New York Daily News, and NJ.com. In addition, Nimbusters is currently running a poll for Informant of the Decade, in which Hal Turner is currently leading.
Sentencing guidelines called for 33 to 41 months, but prosecutors said a longer sentence of six years was warranted because Turner also committed at least two acts of obstruction of justice by giving false testimony at his trials and attempting to intimidate a key witness, his FBI handler, to prevent the handler from testifying against him. Prosecutors even claimed that Turner arranged for tobacco, a contraband substance, to be smuggled to him at the detention center in a package marked "legal mail".
Turner was not charged with or prosecuted for obstruction of justice, though, so this is an example of prosecutors trying to backdoor additional charges even after the fact.
Prior to the sentence being pronounced, Hal Turner delivered an hour-long speech in which he blasted Judge Walter and the Chicago-based assistant U.S. attorneys who prosecuted him. He accused them of lying and manipulating the justice system to finally score a conviction after three trials. “The charge against me was a lie from the beginning and the verdict was invalid because it was based on fraud,” Turner said. He accused the judge of “legal skullduggery” for changing the legal definition of a threat, ignoring 40 years of Supreme Court case law on freedom of speech, and presiding over a “three-ring circus” that resorted to magic tricks to fool a jury.
Turner's attorney, Ronald G. Russo, said they plan to file an appeal.
The day before his sentencing, Turner sent an e-mail message from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, in which he speculated that he would get slammed with a maximum 10-year prison term. "Frankly, any sentence they give me other than probation is gonna be a death sentence," Turner wrote. Turner also wrote that the Aryan Brotherhood, Aryan Nations, neo-Nazis and skinheads all will be out to get him in prison "because of the work I did against their interests. And if it isn't one of those groups that kill me, it will be one of the minority groups who get told I'm some evil racist whatever".
In another e-mail sent to his wife, Phyllis, Hal Turner wrote "There are two types of people who get murdered in federal prison: child molesters and 'snitches,' While I didn't 'snitch' on anyone; (a snitch is someone who rats out someone else to get themselves out of trouble) I seriously doubt the Aryan Brotherhood will draw any distinction between a 'snitch' and a national security intelligence operative, which is what I did with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force."
It's true that AB probably won't draw any distinction, because when the channers hacked Turner's website a couple of years ago, they uncovered an e-mail Turner sent to his FBI handlers in which he bragged about how "his fierce rhetoric flushed out another crazy", or words to that effect. His intent was to draw out and burn gullible individuals who might vent their spleens in a moment of frustration. That's called functioning as an agent provocateur; the distinction between being a snitch and an agent provocateur is academic.
But from a First Amendment perspective, the conviction of Turner is nothing to celebrate. His conviction has just increased the potential legal exposure of anyone who publicly advocates for the White community, or who even merely promotes patriotism in general. Don't forget -- many in the law enforcement community have been indoctrinated by ADL and SPLC handlers who transmit their anti-White biases to cops and prosecutors.