Hateful Hal: How far is too far?

Blogger Arrest  LawmakersWhite supremacist blogger Harold “Hal” Turner of North Bergen says his case is about free speech, but he refused to discuss it today — telling a TV reporter “no comment” — after a brief court appearance in Hartford on charges that he urged violence against two Connecticut legislators.

Turner, 47, was arrested after posting a blog in which he encouraged people to go after two high-ranking state lawmakers who sponsored a bill that would have created monitoring of how the Catholic church handles it finances.

On his blog, Turner said he “advocates Catholics in Connecticut take up arms and put down this tyranny by force. To that end…we will be releasing the home addresses of the Senator and Asemblyman who introduced [the bill].”

The measure eventually was scuttled amid protests by Catholics.

But the issue remains: Is Turner a criminal? Keep reading→

(AP PHOTO: Jessica Hill)

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