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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ind. Courts - "Blog rants were threat on our lives, two judges testify in trial of Internet shock jock/blogger Hal Turner"

Updating this ILB entry from August 10th, Michaelangelo Conte reports today in The Jersey Journal in a story that begins:

Two of the Chicago judges who Hal Turner is accused of threatening to kill took the stand this morning to give testimony in a Brooklyn federal courthouse.

Judge Richard Posner, who along with Judges William Bauer and Frank Easterbrook, upheld a handgun ban, was questioned by U.S. Attorney Diane MacArthur, and was asked what he thought of Turner's blog posts about the three judges. In posts on June 2 and 3 of 2009, Turner said the judges "deserve to be killed."

"It's threatening," Posner said. " 'Killing Judge Lefkow's mother and husband did not send an adequate message,' " he said, quoting from a Turner blog post. "It's an invitation (to) go kill the three devils, as he refers to us later."

Posner was referring to Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow, who came home the evening of Feb. 28, 2005, to find her husband, Michael Lefkow, 64, and her mother, Donna Humphrey, 89, shot to death in the basement.

How Appealing has links to a number of stories here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 11, 2010 02:58 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions