Arguing that Roanoke white supremacist William A. White belongs behind bars, a federal prosecutor today raised the suggestion that White posed a threat to President-elect Barack Obama. In a Chicago courtroom across the street from the Obama presidential transition office, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Ferrera pointed to an article White had published on his Web site, saying Obama should not be allowed to take office.
As reported by The Roanoke Times, the bond hearing for White is to continue later today. He faces a charge of threatening a juror in the 2004 Chicago trial of another white supremacist.
Meanwhile, lawyers who crossed swords with White in connection with a Norfolk discrimination case have appealed a decision that denied a motion for sanctions against White for making similar threatening comments against an attorney involved in the case. Richmond lawyer Anthony Troy takes issue with the District Court’s finding that White’s published comments did not constitute a “true threat” against the lawyer. The sanctions case now is on appeal to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
UPDATE: White was ordered held without bond pending his trial in Chicago, set for March.
By Peter Vieth