United States v. White

610 F.3d 956 (2010)

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United States v. White

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
610 F.3d 956 (2010)

  • Written by Sharon Feldman, JD

Facts

Matthew Hale was the leader of a white-supremacist organization. Hale was convicted of obstructing justice and soliciting the murder of a federal judge. William White (defendant) was the founder and content provider of a website affiliated with another white-supremacist organization. After Hale’s conviction, White wrote on his website that everyone associated with the Hale trial “deserved assassination.” He also posted the names of individuals involved in the Hale prosecution, including federal agents and prosecutors. White subsequently posted a photograph of the jury foreperson, together with personal information about the juror, including the juror’s name, birthdate, address, cat’s name, telephone number, cellphone number, and office number. White was indicted for soliciting a crime of violence against the juror. White moved to dismiss the superseding indictment, arguing that it violated the First Amendment. The district court granted White’s motion. The government (plaintiff) appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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