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Issuing threats against federal judges is serious stuff. Criticism is one thing. Death threats are another. This guy belongs in jail:

Round three of the United States versus Harold “Hal” Turner, the Internet shock jock charged with threatening to kill three Chicago appeals judges, begins this morning in Brooklyn federal court.

Turner was arrested last June after writing on his blog that three judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — Richard Posner, William Bauer and Frank Easterbrook — “deserve to be killed” for their opinion in N.R.A. v. Chicago, 08-4241, which upheld handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill.

“Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty,” Turner wrote in June 2009. “A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions.” Turner, who hosted a weekly Webcast from his home in North Bergen, N.J., also posted the judges’ photographs, work addresses and phone numbers, and promised to soon add their home addresses.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois charged Turner with threatening to kill the three judges.

The case, United States v. Turner, 09-cr-00650, was assigned to Judge Donald Walter, who sat on assignment from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Walter transferred the case to Brooklyn, then came along to hear it.

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