textbook case of WHAT NOT TO DO.


On Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 2:23 PM, xxx wrote:

http://www.roanoke.com/news/breaking/wb/187367


Neo-Nazi White indicted on 7 more federal charges

By Laurence Hammack and Mike Gangloff


The Roanoke Times | File October


William A. White is led into the Roanoke City Jail following a bond hearing

in October on federal charges of encouraging violence against a juror.

White was indicted today in Roanoke on more federal charges.


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some readers might consider offensive.


William A. White, the Roanoke neo-Nazi figure who is being held in Chicago

on federal charges of encouraging violence against a juror, has been

indicted in Roanoke on more federal charges.


In a seven-count indictment announced today, he is charged with threatening

five individuals in the United States and Canada and with attempting to

intimidate participants in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit in

Virginia Beach.


White, who owns rental property in the city and describes himself as the

commander of the Roanoke-based American National Socialist Workers Party,

has attracted widespread attention with Internet postings that seem to call

for attacks on blacks and Jews. The black teens charged with assault in

Jena, La., author Elie Wiesel, columnist Leonard Pitts, president-elect

Barack Obama and journalists at The Roanoke Times, among many others, have

been subjects of White's posts in recent years. White has described the

posts as satire and protected free speech.


"William A. White's views and opinions of the world have been much

publicized and well documented over the years," Acting U.S. Attorney Julia

Dudley said in a news conference today. "However, this case is not about

William A. White's views or his opinions about the world, or his right to

exercise freedom of speech.


"This case is about William A. White making late-night phone calls and

sending threats in e-mails to college professors, bank employees, lawyers,

mayors, newspaper reporters and their families. ...


"This case is about innocent people being threatened, intimidated and

extorted by a man that in most cases, they don't know and have never met."


Today's indictment comes less than a week after a federal judge in Chicago

ordered White held without bond. White is charged in Chicago with posting a

juror's address and telephone numbers on his Web site, which federal

authorities say was an invitation for others to harm the man. According to

White's post, the juror played a key role in convicting Matthew Hale, a

fellow white supremacist, in 2004.


Hale is serving a 40-year prison sentence for soliciting the murder of a

judge who ruled against him in a trademark infringement case involving the

name of his organization, the World Church of the Creator.


In ordering White held with no bond, U.S. District Judge William Hibbler

cited concerns about what White's followers might do at his urging if he

were to be released.


The new charges stem from incidents in which White is accused of

threatening, via e-mails, phone calls and online postings:


* a Citibank employee during a dispute about a business account.

Prosecutors say White threatened to make public the employee's personal

information and mentioned the murder of a federal judge's family, saying

"Lord knows that drawing too much publicity and making people upset" led to

the murders. White also faces an extortion charge linked to the dispute.


* nationally syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts.


* a professor at the University of Maryland. The professor apparently

taught a seminar that White found offensive.


* a Canadian lawyer involved in an effort to close a Canada-based Internet

Web site that White administered.


* the mayor of a New Jersey town who was involved in a racial dispute in

that town.


* White also is accused of trying to influence witness testimony by sending

letters to black tenants who were involved in a discrimination case against

their landlord in Virginia Beach.


The charges of communicating threats in interstate commerce each carry a

maximum penalty of five years in prison. The charge of communicating an

extortion threat in interstate commmerce carries a maximum 20-year

sentence. The witness intimidation charge carries a maximum sentence of 10

years. Each charge also carries a possible fine of up to $250,000.



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