"These Judges deserve to be killed," declared Harold "Hal" Turner on his Web site in June, attacking three 7th Circuit judges who had upheld Chicago-area bans on handguns. On Dec. 1, Turner is due to go to trial in a federal case that will turn on whether his Web postings are protected as an exercise of free speech or constitute a "true threat" that posed imminent danger to the targets. Also part of the mix: Turner's claim that he learned how to stay within the legal bounds of provocative speech as an FBI informant.
Trial Over Death Threats Against Federal Judges Could Test Free Speech Rules Online
The National Law Journal
November 24, 2009