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Radio Host Hal Turner Charged With Inciting Injury To Two Connecticut Lawmakers By DANIELA ALTIMARI | Hartford Courant 8:48 PM EDT, June 3, 2009
Radio host Hal Turner — accused of hosting a website that incited Connecticut Catholics to "take up arms" and singling out two Connecticut lawmakers and a state ethics official — was taken into custody in New Jersey late today after state Capitol police obtained an arrest warrant for him.
Turner, who has been identified as a white supremacist and anti-Semite by several anti-racism groups, hosts an Internet radio program with an associated blog. Last week, the blog included a post that promised to release the home addresses of state Rep. Michael Lawlor, state Sen. Andrew McDonald and Thomas Jones of the ethics office.
"Mr. Turner's comments are above and beyond the threshold of free speech," Capitol police Chief Michael J. Fallon said in an e-mail announcing the warrant. "He is inciting others through his website to commit acts of violence and has created fear and alarm. He should be held accountable for his conduct."
The remarks on the blog were a reaction to the recent controversy over a bill that would have changed the way the Roman Catholic church is governed, taking power away from church officials. It was pulled in mid-March following questions about its constitutionality. (snip)
You can pretty much say what you want, but when you start threatening peoples lives and calling on others to follow you then that is against the law.
[edit on 3-6-2009 by jd140]