NJ Blogger: FBI Co-Signed My Threatening Rants
Updated at 4:00 PM EST on Thursday, Mar 4, 2010
A New Jersey blogger claims his Internet tirade against three federal judges was sanctioned by FBI agents investigating white supremacists.
Hal Turner testified at his federal trial in Brooklyn on Thursday that the FBI was paying him to help "flush out" dangerous members of his audience. He also insisted that he wasn't a racist.
Prosecutors brought charges against the 47-year-old Turner after he wrote that three federal judges in Chicago "must die" for a decision on gun control. Earlier this week, the judges testified that they felt threatened.
In December a judge declared a mistrial in Turner case after jurors were hopelessly deadlocked for over a week.
If convicted at the retrial, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
Published at 3:52 PM EST on Mar 4, 2010
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