While I don't agree with his politics, or his methods, I feel Bill White got railroaded.
The American justice system, out of fear for what white nationalists might do to the Obama election, jailed William A. White on nonsense charges. His crime: publishing the addresses of jurors and others.
Were they ever in danger? No, they were not.
It's a slippery slope when we start attacking our political enemies with jail time and can't admit that's what we're doing. (It's far healthier to be honest about all things.)
In the meantime, Bill White is out of jail:
A neo-Nazi leader was released from jail Friday after a psychiatrist testified that he is not the threat to the Roanoke community that federal prosecutors have argued.
William A. White walked free for the first time since October after U.S. District Court Judge James Turk decided to grant him bond. White, the head of a Roanoke-based white supremacy group, is charged with threatening people by e-mail, telephone and online.
White will be placed on home electronic monitoring and can only leave his Roanoke apartment under certain conditions, such as to meet with his attorneys or attend to his duties as the landlord of about 15 rental homes in the West End neighborhood.
White was charged in October with encouraging violence against the foreman of a Chicago jury that convicted a fellow white supremacist. Federal prosecutors argued he meant the man harm when he posted his name, address and telephone numbers on a Web site that attracted a racist and sometimes violent audience.
But a federal judge in Chicago ruled that White's actions did not present an imminent threat, and thus were protected by the First Amendment.
Roanoke News and World Report
White was the webmaster of Overthrow.com, an anarchist website turned into a national socialist organization.