Salt in the Wound

June 2nd, 2011

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled [pdf] that the NRA is eligible for reimbursement of attorneys' fees from Chicago and Oak Park.  That makes my day.

You may recall that the NRA had a case running in parallel to McDonald v. Chicago, and though they lost, they were later vindicated by Alan Gura's victory in the Supreme Court.  The ever-quotable Frank Easterbrook writes:

This litigation was over except for the entry of an injunction by the district court. Chicago and Oak Park capitulated, which made the exercise unnecessary. By the time defendants bowed to the inevitable,

Watering the Tree of Liberty

March 4th, 2010

Judge Frank Easterbrook took the stand today in the case against Hal Turner.

Turner really wanted to be Glenn Beck, but all he ever amounted to was a guy with a small cancelled radio show and a website he used to convey his views about white supremacy.  He was a Holocaust denier who acted for a time as an informant for the FBI against his own kind.

It turns out that Turner was just a bit miffed at Easterbrook's decision in NRA v. Chicago last June, and his reaction was quite intemperate:

Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions.

He then provided the home addresses of 7th Circuit Judges Frank Easterbrook, Richard Posner and William Bauer to his readers.

Does this constitute an actual threat or conspiracy? That's up to the jury, but it certainly wasn't wise in any case.  I, for one, am certainly sick of hearing the phrase "watering the tree of liberty" thrown around so casually.

Turner could face up to ten years in prison. Let's hope he has to watch reruns of Space 1999 the whole time.