Dec 052009
 
 December 5, 2009  Posted by  Court

Mike Kelly reports:

Jurors in the trial of hate radio shock jock and former FBI informant Hal Turner of North Bergen were sent home Friday night after announcing they were “hopelessly deadlocked.”

U.S. District Court Judge Donald Walter ordered the jury to return Monday morning to resume deliberations on whether Turner, 47, broke the law against threatening judges when he wrote on his blog last June that three federal appeals court judges “deserved to be killed” for ruling in favor of a gun control ordinance.

If convicted, Turner, who built an audience in recent years of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with his extreme right-wing radio and blog tirades, could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The central issue in the case is whether Turner’s words alone constitute an illegal threat.

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