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Another Mistrial in Big Federal Case; This Time NJ Shock Jock Hal Turner Walks

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — On Monday, for the second time in less than a week, a federal judge declared a mistrial in a high profile Justice Department case that captured the interest of many nationwide.

A federal judge in Brooklyn declared a mistrial in the case against Hal Turner, a New Jersey shock jock,White Supremacist and ex-FBI informant who was accused of threatening the lives of three federal Chicago judges who ruled in favor of a gun control case, the Associated Press reported.

A re-trial for Turner, 47, was set for March 1 in Brooklyn. The case was indicted in Chicago, but was moved to New York as part of a change of venue request.

The bad news for prosecutors came nearly a week after a mistrial was declared in Manhattan in the racketeering trial of John Gotti Jr. It was his fourth mistrial in five years. The prosecution has not yet announced whether it will go for a fifth trial.

After the mistrial in Turner’s case, one juror, Richard Gardiner, spoke to reporters and said the jury voted 9 to 3 in favor of acquittal, the AP reported.

As in the Gotti trial, the majority of the jurors in the Turner case thought the government case was weak, the juror said.  The lone juror said he favored conviction.

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Ex-U.S. Atty/Gov. Elect Chris Christie Subpoenaed in Trial of Right Wing NJ Shock Jock

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Now that the election is over, New Jersey’s Gov.-elect Christopher Christie doesn’t have to deal with this as a potential campaign issue.

Nonetheless, it’s probably a situation the former New Jersey U.S. Attorney would rather not deal with at all.

The Herald News reported that Christie, who stepped down as Newark’s U.S. Attorney late last year, was subpoenaed Tuesday to testify as a defense witness for Hal Turner, a New Jersey right-wing blogger, shock jock and ex-FBI informant former who is on federal trial in Brooklyn on charges of threatening the lives of appeals court judges in Chicago.

The paper reported that Turner’s defense attorney, Michael Orozco, said “he hopes to question Christie about whether federal prosecutors in Newark made a blanket decision not to file charges against Turner after previous threatening statements on the radio or on his blog.”

A Christie spokesman confirmed the existence of the subpoena, but did not comment further, the paper reported.

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Attorney Claims FBI Trained Jailed NJ Blogger to Incite

If true, this could prove to be a little embarrassing for the FBI. One question would be: How would a jury view these allegations?

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

By KATIE NELSON
Associated Press Writer
HARTFORD, Conn. – A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges had training from the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday.
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Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an “agent provocateur” and was taught by the agency “what he could say that wouldn’t be crossing the line,” defense attorney Michael Orozco said.

“His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest,” Orozco said.

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Internet Radio Host Case Tests Limits of Freedom of Speech

The Internet remains the wild west. Federal law enforcement is still trying to figure out exactly where the boundaries are for freedom of speech. Over the past few years, it’s been pretty much hit and miss.

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

By Peter Slevin
Washington Post Staff Writer
CHICAGO — Internet radio host Hal Turner disliked how three federal judges rejected the National Rifle Association’s attempt to overturn a pair of handgun bans.

“Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed,” Turner wrote on his blog on June 2, according to the FBI. “Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions.”

The next day, Turner posted photographs of the appellate judges and a map showing the Chicago courthouse where they work, noting the placement of “anti-truck bomb barriers.” When an FBI agent appeared at the door of his New Jersey home, Turner said he meant no harm.

He is now behind bars awaiting trial, accused of threatening the judges and deemed by a U.S. magistrate as too dangerous to be free.

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FBI Arrests White Supremacist Blogger on Charges of Threatening Lives of 3 Chicago Judges

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

The white supremacists movement seems to be grabbing headlines as of  late. A white supremacist killed a guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington a few weeks ago. Now we’ve got the arrest of Hal Turner. The movement, which has become more disorganized in recent years with the deaths of key leaders, is trying to make inroads. The FBI is concerned the ailing economy and the election of an African American president could help recruiting.

By The Associated Press
CHICAGO – A white supremacist blogger was arrested at his New Jersey home Wednesday and charged with threatening to assault or murder three Chicago-based judges who refused to overturn local ordinances banning handguns.

Hal Turner, 47, a former Internet radio talk show host, was taken into custody by FBI agents who went to his North Bergen home with a search warrant, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Prosecutors quoted a Turner Internet posting as saying: “Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed.”

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