Bill White, the imprisoned neo-Nazi leader who spent years pushing the boundaries of the First Amendment, has been sentenced to another 3½ years in federal prison — even as he awaits a trial in yet another of the cases in which he is accused of criminally threatening his enemies.
Two years after being convicted of threatening the foreman of a Chicago jury that sent another neo-Nazi to prison for soliciting the murder of a federal judge, White was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman after offering a half-hearted apology for “communicating in a way that was subject to misunderstanding,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
The sentence related to a Sept. 11, 2008, blog posting by White that accused former jury foreman Mark Hoffman of being a “gay Jewish anti-racist” who helped convict Matt Hale, the one-time leader of the neo-Nazi World Church of the Creator, in 2005, and also published personal details about Hoffman including his home address and phone numbers. White didn’t directly threaten Hoffman in that post, but wrote in a separate post on his website that all those who helped convict Hale deserved to be assassinated.
White has a long history of making threats over the Internet, by telephone and through the mails. He was already in federal prison when he was sentenced in the latest case, where he was serving time for violating his parole in yet another threat case by fleeing to Mexico. And just last week, White, a one-time anarchist who went on to found and lead the Virginia-based American National Socialist Workers Party, was indicted in still another case, this time for threatening to have his ex-wife beaten and “hospitalized” for not sending him money while he was on the lam.
The same Bill White has also made threats against Charles.
Bill White, the wildly obnoxious neo-Nazi who has made a profession of lobbing criminal threats at his enemies, has apparently been at it again.
On Thursday, according to today’s edition of the Roanoke (Va.) Times, White was indicted for threatening to have his ex-wife beaten and “hospitalized” for declining to send him some $400 a month while he was a fugitive in Mexico last year. White was already being held in Chicago, where he is serving time for violating his parole by fleeing to Mexico and also awaiting sentencing for threatening a juror.
White, a one-time anarchist who later became the founder and leader of now-defunct American National Socialist Workers Party, is known for making threats over the phone and via E-mail. His targets have included black tenants of a Virginia apartment complex who sued their landlord for discrimination, a federal jury chairman who helped convict another neo-Nazi leader, a black Miami Herald columnist, and a woman at a credit card company. He once threatened to come to the home of the author of this post some time after midnight, in a car that he said was loaded with guns.
William A. White, a former neo-Nazi leader with a history of making threats, has been charged yet again by federal authorities in Roanoke.
An indictment returned today alleges that White sent threatening emails to his ex-wife in May and June, not long after he jumped parole and fled to Mexico.
White was angry at the woman, identified in the indictment only as “MW,” because she had stopped sending him alimony payments, federal authorities alleged.
“I would strongly recommend that you have the $500 when you are contacted — or you will probably be hospitalized,” White allegedly wrote in one of four emails cited in the indictment.
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.