Radio DJ Hal Turner Denied Bond

Judge: Turner's decision to publicly identify the FBI agents who arrested him put lives in danger.

Monday, Aug 10, 2009  |  Updated 5:00 PM CDT
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Shock for the Shock Jock: No Bond

"Shock blogger" Harold “Hal” Turner turned himself in to the State Capitol Police Department.

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Here's a shock for the shock jock: no bond.

Alleged white supremacist and self-titled FBI informant Hal Turner won't be released before his Oct. 5 trial date. U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Ashman refused to let him loose.

"Judges are particularly vulnerable people. We have no Secret Service," Ashman said in denying Turner bond, according to the Trib.

Ashman also said Turner's decision to publicly identify the FBI agents who arrested him put lives in danger. Turner made a call from prison identifying the agents, and the information was later distributed online.

Several FBI agents were subpoenaed by Turner's lawyers to corroborate claims that Turner was indeed an FBI informant, but none of those agents showed up for a detention hearing.

Turner is charged with calling for three judges to be killed after they affirmed a lower court decision in June to dismiss challenges to Chicago's handgun ban.

Turner allegedly published a message no his web site that appellate judges Frank Easterbrook, William Bauer and Richard Posner were "cunning, ruthless, untrustworthy, disloyal, unpatriotic, deceitful scum."

"Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed," he allegedly said.

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