On January 5th 2011, after a three-day trial, former national socialist activist Bill White, who was once the commander of the American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP), has been convicted on one count of solicitation by an anonymous jury in Chicago. White was accused of threatening the former foreman of the Matt Hale jury, Mark Hoffman; Hoffman had earned special attention from White because he is a gay Jew who was involved in a full-blown homosexual relationship with a Negro male at the time.
Initially, no sentencing date was set. White's attorney, Nishay Sanan, said his next move will be to petition a judge to have a bond hearing on either January 18th or a few days afterward, although it could be as early as January 11th. Although White could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Sanan expects federal prosecutors to ask for at least three years. Sanan said he will argue at sentencing that White's time served should count toward his Chicago punishment. With the exception of a few days when White was released on bond in the late summer of 2009, White has been in prison since October 2008, some of it in relation to his previous Federal conviction. Update January 18th: Although Bill White's previous sentence has now expired, he will remain in custody; sentencing date now set for April 6th.
WSLS Channel 10 has published the full press release by the U.S. Attorney's Office. The Roanoke Times also has a current story. Other sources of information not already linked in the body of this post:
-- Bill White Trial Update blog: Note that the webmaster of this blog may take it down in the future.
-- Vanguard News Network Forum thread beginning December 2009.
-- Stormfront discussion thread.
White was accused of soliciting violence against Hoffman, the foreman of the federal jury in Chicago that convicted another pro-White activist, Matthew Hale, in 2004. Judge Lynn Adelman initially had dismissed the indictment against White in July 2009, but a federal appeals court in Chicago reinstated the solicitation charge in the summer of 2010.
During the trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney William Hogan detailed how White reacted exultantly in 2005 when he heard U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow found her husband and mother murdered. After reading the entry from Overthrow.com, Hogan pointed at White in orchestrated disgust and melodramatically proclaimed “This ghoul sitting over here is washing his hands in Lefkow family blood”.
Prosecutors also called two former ANSWP members to testify about their involvement in the ANSWP. Each allegedly received letters from White after he was arrested with instructions on how they should testify before a grand jury, asserting that the website did not encourage criminal activity. One of them, identified as former Midwest Region Leader Michael S. Burks, testified he interpreted some of White’s postings as invitations to do harm to others. “I don’t know any other definition of ‘kill,’” Burks said, referring to one of White’s postings. “When you give out his address and tell ‘em: ‘Kill this bastard,’ I don’t know what else it could mean.” Burks never had much stroke within the White nationalist community, being banned multiple times from the Vanguard News Network Forum for harassing and flaming proven activists and exposing VNN Forum webmaster Alex Linder to potential criminal liability.
The second former member giving testimony was not identified in the media, but has been identified as Phil Anderson by the Bill White Trial blog. This revelation is quite disappointing because Anderson has a reputation as being a standup proven activist who started the Illinois National Socialist Front (INSF) after the arrest of Bill White. Note that the INSF website has been scrubbed down and reduced to "placeholder" status only.
But the prosecution's "superstar" was Mark Hoffman himself. Hoffman said he was sitting in his office at Northwestern University when he got the first call. The man on the other end of the line already had his cell phone number. He then recited Hoffman’s home address and birth date. But it was the last question that struck fear in him, Hoffman said.
“Did you serve on the Matt Hale jury?”
“I don’t remember,” was the best Hoffman said he could reply.
“That’s all I need to know,” the man said, then abruptly hung up, according to Hoffman. Hoffman then claimed he was deluged with text messages afterward, although he ultimately admitted he had not been threatened with physical harm. Nevertheless, Hoffman said he changed his phone number after someone left a phone message saying: “F---ing Jew bastard, are you too busy f---ing your n----- buddy? Pick up the phone.”
Nevertheless, the prosecution contended that Bill White, even if he didn't want to personally harm Mark Hoffman, was trying to incite someone else to do it, and the jury swallowed it after less than one day's deliberations. The First Amendment implications of this case are chilling. There's also inconsistency in enforcement; the Bill White Trial blog notes some interesting contradictions:
-- The anti-racist Lady Liberty's Lamp had a bank president's home address posted on their site, and were not prosecuted for "soliciting".
-- When Bill White posted the home addresses of the Jena Six thugs on his website, no action was taken.