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In court, Turk described the sentence as powerfully lenient, explaining he based his decision on the fact that White had served approximately one year of his probation without incident, and he hopes White can turn his life around. For his part, White apologized for leaving the country without permission, explaining that he had been held in solitary confinement in a supermax prison and had a hard time readjusting to society, and he blamed others for his problems. "I tried to start my life over, and I went about it the wrong way," he said. "I'd like a chance to try to do it again." White also requested to serve his sentence at a federal prison facility in Petersburg, VA.
In contrast, the feds were absolutely vindictive. Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Hogeboom asked Judge Turk to send White back to prison for six years, calling White’s unauthorized trip to Mexico "well-planned and orchestrated to make his apprehension difficult."
According to the Bill White Trial blog, Bill is planning to run a new book publishing company when he gets out of jail, and a couple of other book publishers may join him in this venture. So even though Bill's rental empire is effectively gone and his wife has flown the coop, he will have work. White has already written one book entitled "The Centuries of Revolution: Democracy, Communism, Zionism", briefly evaluated on The Barnes Review. He has also resurrected his Overthrow.com website.
What made this case bizarre was some of the information alleged to have come from Bill White himself. An explanation for this came forth from a psychiatric examination, during which the psychiatrist discovered that an allergy pill Bill was taking in prison, chlorpheniramine maleate, was responsible for his mental disturbances/hallucinations. Once he stopped taking the pill, White's posts became lucid once again. This was chronicled in this extended VNN Forum thread and does not need to be addressed here.