Neo-Nazi Guilty of Using Internet to Encourage Violence Against Juror

  • January 6, 2011

Virginia neo-Nazi Bill White was found guilty on January 5, 2011, by a Chicago federal jury of using his Web site to encourage violence against the foreman of an earlier jury in Chicago that convicted white supremacist Matt Hale for soliciting the murder of a federal judge in 2003. White had posted the name, address, birth date, place of work, home, cell and office phone numbers of the foreman, along with a photograph of the person, on his Web site in an article headlined "Gay Jewish Anti-Racist Led Jury."

At the time of his trial, White was already serving a two-and-a-half year sentence for a 2009 conviction in a separate Internet threat case. In that case, White had made Internet threats against a number of people, including a Canadian civil rights attorney, a University of Delaware administrator, tenants in a Virginia Beach apartment complex, and a Citibank employee. He now faces up to ten more years in prison on the new conviction.

 White's conviction comes close on the heels of the conviction of a New Jersey white supremacist, Hal Turner, for making death threats on the Internet against three federal judges in Chicago who upheld local handgun bans. Turner had also made reference to the Hale case when posting comments about the judges he threatened. The Hale case has resonated with white supremacists angry about Hale's 40-year jail sentence.

 White is the former leader of a small and now-defunct group, the American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP), a Virginia-based neo-Nazi organization that he founded in the summer of 2006. Before founding the ANSWP, White had been a leader in the National Socialist Movement (NSM), often representing the face of the group to the media. In 2006, the leaders of the NSM suspended him from the group for his disruptive behavior and attacks on others in the white power movement.

White also maintained a discussion forum for ANSWP members and supporters, delivered Internet radio broadcasts, and published a short-lived magazine, the National Socialist. The last issue of the magazine before his October 2008 featured the then presidential candidate Barack Obama through a rifle scope with a swastika surrounding it, with the title, "Kill this Ni--ger?"

Although White attracted a small group of followers in the ANSWP, he was generally disliked within the white supremacist community for posting antagonistic propaganda against those he perceived as his "enemies," -- including a number of fellow white supremacists -- on his Web sites. His posts often used vitriolic language to describe Jews and other minority groups, and they frequently revealed personal information about his enemies, implicitly encouraging others to take violent action against them.