Appeals Court Orders New Sentencing for Former Neo-Nazi Leader White - Roanoke.com
A federal appeals court has thrown out William A. White’s prison sentence, but that may not be good news for the former neo-Nazi leader.
White, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2010 for making racially charged threats, could actually serve more time as the result of the ruling.
In a decision released today, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Judge James Turk applied an incorrect legal standard when he sentenced White. The court ordered a new sentencing in the case.
White, who was released from prison last spring and has been living in Rockbridge County, could face an additional three months when his case goes back to Turk’s court.
As the former leader of the Roanoke-based American National Socialist Workers Party, White gained a reputation for racially incendiary language on his website and other venues.
A jury convicted him in 2009 on four counts of making threats, rejecting White’s argument that words alone, no matter how hateful, were protected by the First Amendment. Turk later threw out one of the convictions.