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April 6, 2005

Matthew Hale sentenced

Howard Bashman at How Appealing highlights here portions of reports from newspaper articles concerning the eventful sentencing of white supremacist Matthew Hale to 40 years in prison today.  As this Chicago Tribune article details, the 40-year term was the statutory maximum, but also apparently constituted a within-guideline sentence because "Judge James T. Moody found that Hale's solicitation to murder Judge Joan Lefkow was a crime of terrorism -- the first such finding in Chicago's federal court."

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Hale seems to be a remarkably despicable human being -- even for a law school graduate -- but that doesn't excuse what sounds like a gross misapplication by the judge of the defintion of "terrorism."

Posted by: Peter G | Apr 6, 2005 9:55:28 PM

The guy got 40 years for a murder that never took place? He sure got a fair trial! I could leave my computer right this second walk into a store and shoot somebody and get arrested, go through a trial, be found guilty, and then serve my time, get out of prison and Matthew Hale will still be in there. You may or may not agree with his views but it that reason enough to send him away for 40 years?

Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 20, 2007 11:45:08 AM

Hale is a dirtbag, he deserves 40 years. Get a life.

Posted by: Jay | Jul 29, 2007 2:53:44 AM

The court syszem is hypocritical. In 2005 Bart A. Ross admitted he killed Lefkow's husband and mother, read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/11/national/11lefkow.html?_r=2

And since then noone thought of giving Matthew Hale a new trial because of that? It's ridiculous, it's obvious that it was political trial.

Posted by: | Dec 5, 2008 7:10:55 AM

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