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US v. Hal Turner, filed today on the day of arrest

There's been a lot of news and chatter about the Hal Turner arrest, even on a few ChicagoNow blogs. If you've been paying attention, you probably know that Turner, an extremist online radio host, was arrested by the FBI in his New Jersey home earlier today.

The reason for the arrest? Writings on his blog that appeared to threaten the lives of three federal judges. In a blog entry dated June 2, 2009, Turner wrote, "These judges deserve to be killed. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty."

(If you click on his blog like I did, you'll note that Blogger has flagged Turner's site and claims it is reviewing it for possible Terms of Service violations.)
When interviewed by the FBI today, Turner said that he "drafted and posted all of the entries on turnernetwork.blogspot.com" but that he "did not intend to injure the judges."

For more information on the case, I'd recommend skipping the commentary--even a lot of the news reports--and going straight to the source. Read the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court today. It's got lots of interesting details about the FBI's investigation and more of the writings from his blog, which will probably remain locked down while the issue is still under investigation. Enjoy.

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