White supremacist North Bergen blogger Harold “Hal” Turner, who is charged with threatening to kill three federal judges, was an FBI informant who once gave authorities intelligence about “the potential assassination of President Obama,” his lawyer told a magistrate in Chicago today.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Ashman was holding a bond hearing for Turner earlier today when attorney Michael Orozco dropped the bombshell.
The judge nonetheless ordered that Turner remain held pending the outcome of an Aug. 10 continuation of the bond hearing.
Turner has pleaded not guilty in connection with a posting on his website that said the three judges “deserve to be killed” for upholding Chicago’s ban on handguns (For background, click: Feds: Blogger threatened judges ).
Federal prosecutor William Hogan admitted that Turner had contact with the FBI but that he’d “never heard anything about” information on an assassination attempt.
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