William A. White (pictured), the Virginian neo-Nazi already serving a 2.5 year prison sentence for online harassment and witness intimidation, faces an additional 10 years in prison and $250k fine having just been convicted of encouraging violence against the gay jury foreman who oversaw the trial of another white supremacist. Yahoo.
White, convicted of illegally targeting the foreman by posting online Mark Hoffman’s name, address, photo, and sexual orientation (the post made mention of Hoffman’s partner) on his since-shuttered Nazi website Overthrow.com, wasn’t too thrilled when the jury convicted his pro-hate pal Matthew Hale, leader of the World Church of the Creator, of soliciting a hit man to kill a Chicago federal judge in 2004. Four years later, White decided it was time to go after the foreman in an online rant titled “The Juror Who Convicted Matt Hale.” And while posting the foreman’s identifying information was not itself an illegal incitement to violence, prosecutors argued White’s history of calling for attacks meant he couldn’t hide behind the First Amendment; the crucial question was whether White believed one of his readers would attack the Hoffman for him. It’s unlikely he’ll score the full 10-year sentence, though it seems apropos to keep this guy locked up a little while longer, or at least away from computers. After all, he was scheduled to be released in two weeks. Hoffman, who received an endless string of harassing texts and phone calls after White’s post, was in the court room when the verdict was read. He wept.