Date: 10/18/08 10:07 AM
Subject: Judenpresse Says Pravda Bill Arrested
Roanoke neo-Nazi jailed on federal charges
By Laurence Hammack
The Roanoke Times
A white supremacist known for his inflammatory
Internet postings about
race-related issues - and his verbal attacks on the people involved in them
- has been arrested on federal charges.
William A. White, commander of the Roanoke-based
Socialist Workers Party, was being held without bond this morning in the
Roanoke City Jail, according to Lt. Mark Sweentenberg of the Roanoke
Asked what White is charged with, jail officials
referred questions to
federal authorities. "That's all we know, that he's a federal inmate,"
White's Web site closed by FBI (Oct. 17, 2008)
Roanoke neo-Nazi cleared of threat allegation (July 29, 2008)
Kevin Foust, a senior FBI agent who supervises the bureau's Roanoke office,
referred questions to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago.
Officials there were not immediately available for comment.
However, a copy of what appears to be a search warrant
recently used to
seize White's computer equipment, which White posted to a Yahoo message
group earlier this week, indicates a Chicago link to a federal
investigation into his activities.
The warrant authorized FBI agents to search a
Patterson Avenue building
that houses the computer equipment White uses to maintain his Web site,
overthrow.com. According to the warrant, authorities were looking for
computer files and other records "that may contain all evidence of the
crime of threatening Hale Juror A."
In an interview earlier this week, White said that's a
reference to a juror
in the case of Matthew Hale, who was convicted by a Chicago jury in 2004 of
soliciting the murder of a U.S. District Court judge.
White said he recently included information about the
juror, including a
home address, in an overthrow.com posting that raised concerns about the
case. But White said he made no threats against the juror.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama
organization that monitors hate
groups, agreed on its Web site that White did not directly propose violence
against the juror.
"But he told his readers that the man 'played a
leading role in inciting
both the conviction and the harsh sentence that followed," a blog item on
the law center's Web site states. "He also described the conviction as
wrongful and said the prison term handed Hale was a 'criminally long
Mark Potok, director of the law center's Intelligence
Thursday that while White has often come close to the line between free
speech and criminal activity, he may have finally crossed it by posting
personal information about a juror.
Federal authorities are particularly sensitive about
protecting jurors in
cases such as Hale's, Potok said.
Since the FBI seizure of White's computer equipment
overthrow.com has been down.
But White apparently was not charged until recently.
In a posting to a
Yahoo message group for white supremacists, made either late Thursday night
or sometime during the day Friday, someone identifying himself as White
said the FBI had just executed a second search warrant, this one on his
"They left remarking on how they did not have
anything with which to
chargesme [sic] and they needed to plan theyre [sic] next step," the post
With White now in jail, the next step will be an
arraignment before a
magistrate judge, which could happen as early as Sunday afternoon.
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