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Attorney: FBI Trained NJ Blogger to Incite Others Defense attorney: FBI had trained NJ blogger how to incite others when he was an informant By KATIE NELSON Associated Press Writer HARTFORD, Conn. August 18, 2009 (AP)
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A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges was trained by the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday. Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an "agent provocateur" and was taught by the agency "what he could say that wouldn't be crossing the line," defense attorney Michael Orozco said. FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2005 file photo, radio talk-show host Hal Turner speaks to the crowd during... (AP)
"His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest,"
Orozco said. Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was an informant who spied on radical right-wing
organizations, but the defense has said Turner was not working for the FBI when he allegedly made threats against Connecticut legislators and wrote that three federal judges in Illinois deserved to die. "But if you compare anything that he did say when he was operating, there was no difference. No difference whatsoever," Orozco said. Body Found Close to Where Shaniya Vanished
Special Agent Ross Rice, a spokesman for the FBI in Chicago, said he would not comment on or
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even confirm Turner's relationship with the FBI.
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Orozco spoke to reporters after a court hearing in Hartford on Tuesday. Turner, 47, of North
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Bergen, N.J., did not appear, because he is in federal custody in Illinois. His arraignment on the
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Connecticut charges was rescheduled to Oct. 19. In June, Turner urged his readers to "take up arms" against Connecticut lawmakers and suggested government officials should "obey the Constitution or die," because he was angry over legislation — later withdrawn — that would have given lay members of Roman Catholic churches more control over their parish's finances. He wrote in Internet postings the same month that the Illinois federal appeals judges "deserve to be killed" because they issued a ruling that upheld ordinances in Chicago and suburban Oak
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