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In a case that tested the limits of free speech, an all-white jury in Chicago on Wednesday found the ever-garrulous imprisoned neo-Nazi leader Bill White guilty of using his website to encourage violence against the foreman of a jury that convicted a fellow white supremacist.
Federal prosecutors in the case said White threatened Mark Hoffman, the jury foreman in the trial of white supremacist Matthew Hale, who was convicted in 2004 of soliciting the murder of a federal judge. Years after the trial, White listed personal and contact information about the juror on his website and wrote that he “played a leading role in inciting both the conviction and the harsh sentence that followed,” although he did not directly propose violence against him. The jury today found that even though he didn’t call for a specific attack on “Hale juror A,” that didn’t matter in the context of other postings on the site.
A judge in 2009 had dismissed the charge against White, saying he broke no laws because the information he posted was publicly available. But the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision, finding that a jury should hear the case. ( continue to full post… )
On Wednesday, legislators from the anti-immigrant organization State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI) will announce at the National Press Club their plan to halt what they call “the misapplication of the 14th Amendment.” The group seeks to end the amendment’s provision of birthright citizenship, which assured that the children of slaves could not be denied citizenship, and ensures that almost all children born on U.S. soil are automatically granted American citizenship.
Children born to the undocumented have long been a bugaboo for the anti-immigrant movement, which derisively refers to these new American citizens as “anchor babies” – purportedly used by their parents to gain U.S. citizenship for themselves.
SLLI is a coalition of about 70 legislators in 38 states dedicated to eliminating “economic attractions” for immigrants and their “unlawful invasion” of the U.S. SLLI leader Daryl Metcalf of Pennsylvania has a long history of making nasty anti-immigrant comments, including referring to undocumented immigrants as “foreign invaders” and their children as “anchor bab[ies].” In October, Metcalf announced a new SLLI task force to attack birthright citizenship. “This ongoing distortion and twisting of the 14th Amendment greatly incentivized foreign invaders to violate our border,” Metcalf said at an October press conference.
This harsh rhetoric isn’t surprising given the relationship between Metcalf, SLLI and the anti-immigrant hate group, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). SLLI is often described as the legislative arm of FAIR, which is apt given the group says on its website that it has a “working partnership” with FAIR. SLLI’s legislators are the main instigators behind favored FAIR initiatives, including attempts at the state level to deny immigrants various rights through laws modeled on Arizona’s S.B. 1070. ( continue to full post… )