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Criminal contempt case delayed in Roanoke

Roanoke neo-Nazi activist William A. White apparently has been allowed extra time to try to hire a lawyer to defend him in a criminal contempt of court action.

A hearing set for Friday was postponed indefinitely after Roanoke lawyer Harry Brown filed a motion indicating that he was hired for civil matters only and is not prepared to defend White in the contempt matter.

In an accompanying affidavit, White offered some explanation for his actions that offended the court. He explained that he did not mean to send a copy of a profane and insulting e-mail to a judge’s law clerk. White said that he hit “reply all” on his e-mail program and did not know that one of the recipients was a court official. White stated that he meant to send the “flame” message only to attorney Anthony Troy and to a computer expert retained in the case.

White’s affidavit makes no mention of the principal basis for his contempt charge. White is accused of deleting more than 50,000 files from his computer after a subpoena was issued for his computer records.

According to court records, the U.S. Attorney’s office, appointed by the court to prosecute the contempt case against White, filed an ex parte sealed motion earlier this month which was granted by the court. We don’t know the effect of that ruling because the order granting the motion also is sealed.

By Peter Vieth

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