Court reinstates white supremacist's conviction
CHICAGO – A white supremacist solicited violence against a juror by revealing his personal details online, an appellate court ruled Friday, overturning a lower court's decision that tossed the neo-Nazi's conviction on the grounds that his posts were protected by the First Amendment.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the posts by William White – who gained notoriety for threatening then-presidential candidate Barack Obama in online postings in 2008 – weren't subject to the shield that the U.S. Constitution extends to most speech.
"White rightfully emphasizes that the First Amendment protects even speech that is loathsome," the three-judge panel in Chicago said in its unanimous, 30-page ruling. "But criminal solicitations are simply not protected by the First Amendment."
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