Friday, September 16, 2011

Jury Holds Their Nose, Finds Former FBI Informant Hal Turner Not Guilty Of Threatening And Inciting Violence In Hartford, Connecticut

On Friday September 16th, 2011, a jury of four men and two women found former Internet shock jock and FBI informant Hal Turner not guilty on a felony charge of inciting injury and a misdemeanor charge of threatening, but according to the Hartford Courant, the jury had to hold their nose to acquit him. Other stories published by NBC Connecticut and Business Week. Turner could have been sentenced to up to 11 years in prison if convicted on both charges.

The jury wasn't too happy about the fact that the prosecution failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt. Juror Ann Parise said that although they found him not guilty, they didn't think he was innocent, and considered the blog post prompting the charges to be outrageous. Parise added that the jurors found the testimony of two of Turner's targets, Andrew McDonald and Thomas K. Jones, credible, and felt badly for their sakes that they could not convict Turner.

An unidentified male juror explained that no one could agree on the elements of the case. He said that while jurors believed that Turner terrorized McDonald and Jones, both of whom testified at the trial, Turner did not incite others to harm them. The money shot by the juror: "No one considered him [Turner] a likable person. No one thought he was someone you'd want to have a beer with, but the law is the law."



Turner, who served as his own lawyer with technical assistance from John Stawicki, a public defender, was pleased with the verdict. He maintained throughout the trial that his prosecution was simply retaliation by the state for speech it did not like. During his closing argument on September 16th, Turner said "The state is prosecuting me simply for uttering words and there's a problem with that, because in the United State of America people are supposed to be free to express their opinions." He claimed that he never urged anyone to specifically attack the men he targeted. In addition to McDonald and Jones, Turner had also targeted Michael Lawlor in 2009 over legislation sponsored by McDonald and Lawlor that would have given lay members more say in the financial matters of the Roman Catholic Church. Jones, an official in the state ethics office, was targeted because he decided to investigate whether church officials violated lobbying laws in protesting the bill. Lawlor and McDonald were also adamant advocates of same-sex marriage legislation and appeared to be trying to legislatively punish the church for standing against their agenda.

On June 2nd, 2009, Turner wrote that he would give out the home addresses of Lawlor, McDonald and Jones on his radio program, and also wrote "These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die...If any state attorney, police department or court thinks they're going to get uppity with us about this; I suspect we have enough bullets to put them down, too." The full post is still available HERE. State Capitol Police immediately obtained a warrant for Turner's arrest and he was taken into custody in New Jersey on June 3rd before he could go on his radio program the next day and give out the officials' addresses. Turner earlier claimed that New Jersey police tricked him into reporting to the police station; he said he was not told of the warrant against him until he arrived at the police station. Prosecution of this case was subsequently delayed by federal charges levied against Turner, who was tried three times before the Feds got the guilty verdict they wanted.

Prosecutor Thomas Garcia expressed disappointment with the verdict. During his closing argument, Garcia told jurors on Friday that "words have power; we know that from our daily lives. They can have the power to inspire people to do good and they also have the power to inspire fear and incite others to violence. That's the central issue, and in many ways, the only issue in this case. What were the defendant's words? What was the defendant's intent?...This isn't a battle between big bad government and poor little Hal Turner. This is a question about whether he violated the law." However, Garcia should not have been completely surprised by the acquittal; back in June 2009, the Connecticut Law Review opined that the Connecticut statute under which Turner was charged was murky. Daniel Klau, a partner at Pepe & Hazard, whose practice focuses on First Amendment issues, said the state didn't have a slam dunk case against Turner because they would have to prove that Turner actually intended to bring about the harm he’s describing or inciting. And indeed, the state failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Turner actually intended to inflict harm.

Nevertheless, Hal Turner's fall from grace within the White racialist community is now complete; as of this post, there's no discussion of the verdict on either Stormfront or VNN Forum. Because Turner admitted to being an FBI informant, he has become a non-person. A sad end for a man who was probably the best radio host in the White racialist community at one time. Turner now returns to federal prison, where he will serve until October 2012.

Update: A discussion thread has now been started on VNN Forum by a notorious Turner cheerleader, ZZ Diesel, whose real name is Steve Holsten (this is publicly known). Holsten's primary claim to fame was posting dick pictures on Nimbusters.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure he'll get back at his old gig, and this retarded "movement" will accept this scumbag RAT informant with open arms....

Anchorage Activist said...

There have actually been a few people post messages to that effect on Nimbusters. Amazing, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

"....but the law is the law." So says a juror.

Sure, for a RAT, but for a true Pro-White activist, they throw the law out the window and stick it to him.

Yes, Hal will probably re-launch his radio show, faking heart attacks and other ailments to raise funds. Does it really cost five thousand bucks a month or whatever to run a radio show?

Maybe he'll run for President next year, with Glenn Miller for VP.

Anonymous said...

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Brian Pace said...

We have to be very careful because ZOG makes a living doing this stuff. They were front and center here in Mississippi during the so called Civil Rights Movement trying to get people to break the law to get them and their organizations shut down. We have to keep our friends close and our enemies much closer. WPWW

Anonymous said...

I hear from the NSM that he will speak at their next rally.

Anonymous said...

Actually he has joined the ANP

Anchorage Activist said...

Neither the NSM nor the ANP would be crazy enough to welcome Hal Turner into their ranks; it would destroy the credibility of either organization.

Take a look at Kevin Alfred Strom. He was no snitch; in fact, he pleaded guilty simply because he was tired of fighting the Feds and didn't want his kids turned over to the exclusive "mercy" of the witch Elisha Strom. Yet Kevin Strom has NOT been welcomed back into any organization.

Hal Turner is permanently damned from our perspective.

Anonymous said...

A.A. Remember that the NSM did once welcome him into their ranks along with the renegade Bill White as members. The ANP wanted nothing to do with him or White.

Anonymous said...

I honestly think the ANP would take Hal Turner. I'm not trying to be mean either. It is just that they have positioned themselves as the "last stop" in white nationalism. Rocky certainly gave Taylor Bowles the benefit of the doubt and even backed his stories up against countless people. If Rocky is that forgiving then he shouldn't have a big problem with Hal. Can you imagine the three of them together?

Anonymous said...

I was in the NSM when Hal Turner and Bill White were members. They were trouble from the start. Bowles was also a NSM member and stayed away from them because he had some sense and didn't want no part of them.

Anonymous said...

There are several photos out there of Taylor Bowles and Bill White working together closely.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
There are several photos out there of Taylor Bowles and Bill White working together closely.
8:43 AM

Links to photos? Please. - americafarm

Anonymous said...

Where are they? Probably in your imagination. I'm in the NSM and we have none because they were never together. They may have belonged to the same party; but, were never photographed together.

Anonymous said...

They both planned and executed the Elizibeth City Rally. They are at least a dozen photos of them from that project alone. Apparently Bowles has a short memory or a severe disregard for the truth. And why should Bowles be upset about it? His work with Bill White was the closest thing he'd done to positive and effective activism in memory. Who is Bowles trying to save face in front of? Rocky? If Rocky will let in racial Jews and homosexuals (allegedly), then he has no room to look down his nose at Bowles.

Anonymous said...

Again, where's the proof. I am a NSM member and if you go to that activity picturre site on the NSM site you don't see them together in any pictures. Why don't you stop lieing about a good activisst like Bowles and Suhayda. After Bowles left the NSM it hasn't been the same because all the bullshitters werre left.