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White Supremacist: I'm Innocent
AP/CBS ^ | 3.3.05

Posted on 03/03/2005 3:17:16 PM PST by ambrose

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White Supremacist: I'm Innocent
CHICAGO, March 3, 2005


White supremacist Matthew Hale, who's due to be sentenced for plotting to kill federal Judge Joan Lefkow, has denied any involvement in the slaying of Judge Lefkow's mother and husband.

Hale issued a statement from prison through his mother, Evelyn Hutcheson, who speaks with her son by phone every week. "I want the perpetrator caught or prosecuted," Hale said.

"There is simply no way that any supporter of mine would commit such a heinous crime," Hale said. "I only hope they sincerely wish to apprehend this animal instead of railroading the innocent."

"Only an idiot would think that I would do this."


FBI agents investigating the slayings have been focusing on white supremacist groups, and a federal grand jury was convened to issue subpoenas, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday, citing unidentified sources.

Lefkow arrived home after work Monday to find the bodies of her husband, Michael Lefkow, 64, and her mother, Donna Humphrey, 89, in the basement. They had been shot to death. Humphrey, who lived in Denver, was visiting her daughter.

Lefkow vowed to return to the bench. "Nobody is going to intimidate me off my duty," she told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview published Thursday.

The judge said she always knew her job could put her at risk but never thought it would endanger her family.

"I think we all sort of go into this thinking it's a possibility, but you don't think it's going to happen to you because it's so unthinkable," she told the Chicago Tribune.

Police have released sketches of two "persons of interest," saying they want to interview them based on witness statements. One, a man in his mid-20s, was seen in a car near the home of Lefkow. The other, a man in his 50s, was wearing dark coveralls and a dark knit cap. Both are white.

Jail officials moved Hale this week from a cell with a radio and legal materials he used while serving as his own attorney to a cell with nothing but a bed, sink and toilet, his father said. He said jail officials gave no reason for the move.



The shootings came a month before Hale, 33, is to face a jail sentence of up to 40 years for attempting to arrange the murder of Lefkow, who presided over a trademark dispute involving the name of Hale's organization

Investigators hope that physical evidence found in the basement where Michael Lefkow and Donna Humphrey were slain will point to specific suspects.

Both victims had been shot multiple times, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, and police found two .22-caliber casings at the scene. Investigators believe the victims were forced to lie on the basement floor before being shot.

A federal source said a shard of glass from a broken window in the home contained a fingerprint and was flown to Washington for examination. The source said police also were analyzing a bloody footprint left at the home.



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KEYWORDS: fryhim; matthewhale; somewheretherenear; thestockpilesong; yourhometown

1 posted on 03/03/2005 3:17:16 PM PST by ambrose
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To: ambrose

Call me an "idiot", Hale, but- you or one of your followers had something to do with this. No doubt in my mind.


2 posted on 03/03/2005 3:19:49 PM PST by richmwill
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To: richmwill

Only an idiot would call himself 'Pontifex Maximus'
3 posted on 03/03/2005 3:22:16 PM PST by Borges
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To: ambrose

When I saw the title I thought it would be a story about Senator Robert Byrd (D) - WV.


4 posted on 03/03/2005 3:22:24 PM PST by stevem
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To: richmwill
Sounds like he found a way to extract his revenge anyhow. If he is found to be the guilty party, I hope he fries.

Oh, wait - Illinois no longer has a death penalty. Thanks, Mr. Ryan.
5 posted on 03/03/2005 3:24:01 PM PST by reagan_fanatic ("Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence" - R. Kirk)
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To: reagan_fanatic
Oh, wait - Illinois no longer has a death penalty.

Can't they fry him on federal charges?

6 posted on 03/03/2005 3:25:49 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Sonny M

Since it's not the judge but her family there are some loopholes with this it appears.


7 posted on 03/03/2005 3:35:40 PM PST by Borges
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To: ambrose

It's all so very convenient.


8 posted on 03/03/2005 3:36:00 PM PST by highlandbreeze
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To: ambrose
Police have released sketches of two "persons of interest," saying they want to interview them based on witness statements. One, a man in his mid-20s, was seen in a car near the home of Lefkow. The other, a man in his 50s, was wearing dark coveralls and a dark knit cap. Both are white.

?.....both are maybe white Europeans, Russians, Serbs, Germans,....?

Where these guys 'connected' with any of Michael's own 'cases'?

.....workmen-work-uniforms?.....European style?

9 posted on 03/03/2005 3:37:26 PM PST by maestro
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To: Borges
Hale is no idiot. He's just evil.
10 posted on 03/03/2005 3:39:30 PM PST by SaveTheChief (Bender's Computer Dating Service -- Discrete and Discreet)
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To: richmwill

Huh???


He says he wants the perpetrators caught and no follower of his would do this?


Yeah riiiigggghhhttt!!!!

He just HAPPENS to be in jail for a plot to kill this poor woman.


Idiot is just not strong enough.


11 posted on 03/03/2005 3:49:32 PM PST by atruelady
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To: richmwill

Nobody seems to be paying attention to what other cases the Judge might have had, once we have a right-wing suspect.


12 posted on 03/03/2005 3:50:21 PM PST by Iconoclast2 (Two wings of the same bird of prey . . .)
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To: ambrose
Indiscretion in youth I believe Byrd calls it?
13 posted on 03/03/2005 3:54:28 PM PST by Smartaleck
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To: atruelady
He says he wants the perpetrators caught and no follower of his would do this?

He's an absolute liar. One of his followers a few years ago went on a shooting spree, wounding several and killing 2. One of the victims lived within about 2 miles of me at the time, a black basketball coach at Northwestern U.

14 posted on 03/03/2005 3:58:42 PM PST by texasbluebell
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To: texasbluebell

Yeah, he is guilty as sin.

I am sure he knows who did it.


15 posted on 03/03/2005 4:00:58 PM PST by atruelady
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To: atruelady

Let's hope they can find a link between this guy and the murderers, and then prove it.


16 posted on 03/03/2005 4:08:16 PM PST by texasbluebell
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To: ambrose
I have no idea whether this guy is guilty or not but it seems reasonable that they are investigating him and his group. Just hope LE, with msm cooperation, doesn't put on the blinders as in the D.C. "Sniper" case and focus on politically acceptable suspects to the exclusion of others.
I thought that Illinois still had the death penalty despite Ryan's commutation of sentences.
17 posted on 03/03/2005 4:28:23 PM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Borges

more like Jackass Maximus


18 posted on 03/03/2005 4:34:07 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Keep capitol punishment safe,legal , and rare...shoot the perp in the head.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
"Oh, wait - Illinois no longer has a death penalty. Thanks, Mr. Ryan."
I think they do still have a death penalty. Ryan just lifted the death sentence for the inmates currently on death row. It does not apply to new applicants. So there is still hope.
19 posted on 03/03/2005 4:38:01 PM PST by jaydubya2
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To: ambrose

I hope they catch the perps and they finger Hale.


20 posted on 03/03/2005 4:41:03 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: ambrose
""Only an idiot would think that I would do this."
Funny. The guy makes a statment like this while he about to get sentenced for plotting to kill her.
21 posted on 03/03/2005 4:41:18 PM PST by jaydubya2
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To: Iconoclast2

Nobody seems to be paying attention to what other cases the Judge might have had, once we have a right-wing suspect.
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I understand what you are saying, but please be careful in characterizing Hale as "right-wing". I am right-wing, and was born a Jew, and I don't want to be lumped in with cretins like Hale. Hale was a white supremists and I think that might be a more accurate description. Leave it to the MSM to call Hale "right wing", if they haven't already.


22 posted on 03/03/2005 4:44:13 PM PST by ariamne (reformed liberal--Shieldmaiden of the Infidel)
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To: Smartaleck

yeah and senility in maturity


23 posted on 03/03/2005 4:46:49 PM PST by cajun-jack
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To: popdonnelly

From what I have heard about the case, it sounds like the killers were not professionals. They left clues and fingerprints all over the place. The FBI was saying that they were able to get DNA off of a pop can that one of them threw out of their car. So, add littering to the list of crimes.


24 posted on 03/03/2005 4:50:12 PM PST by jaydubya2
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To: jaydubya2
From what I have heard about the case, it sounds like the killers were not professionals

They will probably be ID'd from the sketches. Those While Power groups are not shy about splashing photos of themselves all of their own websites. I went cruising through some of their webs and had no idea about how wacko those people are. They consider Islamics their buddies because they are out to save the world from New Jewish World Order.

25 posted on 03/03/2005 4:58:23 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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To: armymarinemom
I would venture to believe anyone who follows that cult is not very bright. I hope they catch, fillet, and fry em up.
26 posted on 03/03/2005 5:04:36 PM PST by jaydubya2
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To: armymarinemom

They consider Islamics their buddies because they are out to save the world from New Jewish World Order.
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More evidence of their collective stupidity. The islamics will practice taquiyah and will use them for their own purposes. But neo nazis and white supremist groups are still infidels--and the islamics will dispose of them like used up toilet paper when they're finished with them.


27 posted on 03/03/2005 5:08:54 PM PST by ariamne (reformed liberal--Shieldmaiden of the Infidel)
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To: Iconoclast2

Amazing, eh?


28 posted on 03/03/2005 5:10:51 PM PST by bvw (Team USA!)
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To: armymarinemom

Wasn't a leading female member recently interviewed on the Daily Show? The woman who hoped we'd suffer at the hands of Iran or North Korea?


29 posted on 03/03/2005 5:13:00 PM PST by bvw (Team USA!)
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To: bvw
Wasn't a leading female member recently interviewed on the Daily Show?

Missed that. After reading some of their forums I wouldn't doubt it in the least. I feel like I need a shower and I need to clean my hard drive.

30 posted on 03/03/2005 5:19:13 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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To: ariamne

folks like Hale are in a class by themselves and are NOT right wingers. Right wingers are folks who are patriots arm-in-arm with fellow Americans no matter the color and religion.


31 posted on 03/03/2005 5:20:47 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: armymarinemom

Well -- I was streching it, but not too far. It was Clinton's chief foreign policy adviser. Book tour. See Mr. Limbaugh's site.


32 posted on 03/03/2005 5:26:53 PM PST by bvw (Team USA!)
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To: Borges
"Only an idiot would call himself 'Pontifex Maximus'."

...agreed. Maximus is very commonly used in Latin aliases self-assigned by people who use Latin for aliases.

Maximus is a Latin word meaning greatest. In common Latin, a pontifex is a priest. From the etymological, word root point of view, it means bridge builder.
33 posted on 03/03/2005 6:55:18 PM PST by familyop ("Let us try" sounds better, don't you think? "Essayons" is so...Latin.)
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To: cyborg

folks like Hale are in a class by themselves and are NOT right wingers. Right wingers are folks who are patriots arm-in-arm with fellow Americans no matter the color and religion
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Your above stated words are well worth repeating. The follwing people would in all probability self describe as being on the right; Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Larry Elder, Ann Coulter, just to name a few...male, female, white, black, jew, and gentile. That is what will keep groups like Hale's from every identifying with true patriots on the right. Hale and his ilk certainly don't subscribe to Judeo/Christian morals and ethics and are not loyal to the United States of America.

I really resent it when some MSM media pundit describes Hale or any neo nazi or white supremists as "right wing". That's like calling Stalin a liberal.


34 posted on 03/03/2005 7:43:50 PM PST by ariamne (reformed liberal--Shieldmaiden of the Infidel)
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To: ariamne

I meant "ever identifying, not every identifying". Sorry its been a long news day.


35 posted on 03/03/2005 7:46:54 PM PST by ariamne (reformed liberal--Shieldmaiden of the Infidel)
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To: Borges

"Pontifex Maximus" (Trans: "Supreme Pontiff") is (and has been since 382 AD) one of the Pope's titles. It is silly for someone else to assume that title...


36 posted on 03/04/2005 6:01:22 AM PST by MirrorField (Just an opinion from atheist, minarchist and small-l libertarian.)
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To: bvw

Excerpts from an e-mail from Edgar Steele, racist and anti-semite, but generally intellectually coherent. I don't know if it's true or not, but it certainly suggests that one ought not to rush to judgment on this case:

1. Matt Hale headed up the World Church of the Creator (WCOTC), a branch of the "Creativity" religion. Creativity is a bona-fide, court-recognized, non-Christian religion, despite its highly-controversial and self-avowed White Supremacist nature (see Peterson vs. Wilmur Communications, 205 F.Supp.2d 1014, 2002 - go here for court's opinion). Founded in 1973 by Ben Klassen, Hale resurrected WCOTC in 1996 and ran it continuously under that name through 2002. Violence was a hallmark of Klassen's stewardship, whereas under Hale WCOTC members generally behaved themselves...with one notable exception (see 3, below).

2. Matt Hale was wrongfully denied the right he earned to be a lawyer. In June 1998, Hale graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Law and soon thereafter passed the Illinois State Bar. He was denied admission to the Bar, and the license to practice law he had earned, though his record was spotless. The denial was on the basis of Hale's racial beliefs (part and parcel of his court-recognized religion, don't forget), though Blacks in prison for racially-motivated murders of Whites have earned law degrees and been welcomed with open arms to the practice of law upon their parole.

3. A WCOTC adherent went on a killing spree on July 2, 1999, the day that Hale announced he had been denied admission to the Illinois state bar by an administrative appeals board. Though the timing is more than suggestive, there never has been a hint that Hale suggested or countenanced the murderous rampage by Benjamin Smith directed at Blacks, Jews and Asians, which left two dead and nine wounded.

4. WCOTC's very name was stolen by the ADL, with the aid of the courts. In 2000, an Oregon corporation, Te-Ta-Ma, secretly founded and funded by the ADL through its Regional Director, Richard Hirschhaut, applied for and received a trademark on the phrase "Church of the Creator." Shortly thereafter, in May 2000, the ADL filed suit in Illinois Federal District Court through its straw man, Te-Ta-Ma, against Hale and WCOTC for trademark infringement. Judge Lefkow ruled against the ADL, which appealed her ruling and persuaded a three-judge panel to issue an order directing Judge Lefkow to reverse herself and grant judgment to Te-Ta-Ma. Lefkow followed orders, as she legally was bound to do, and subsequently threatened to hold Hale in contempt for failing to turn over every publication which bore the WCOTC name. Hale responded that he possessed none, as he had stepped aside as head of WCOTC to concentrate on the court appeal of his bar admission denial. As Hale prepared to defend himself on the contempt charge, he was arrested by the FBI and charged with conspiracy to commit the murder of Judge Lefkow...the very Federal judge who previously had ruled in his favor, not of any of the appellate justices who sided with the ADL against him.

5. Hale's entrapment was engineered by the FBI. An FBI plant, Anthony Evola, wormed his way into Hale's confidence and was named head of WCOTC's security force (Hale and his followers regularly received death threats and had been the targets of multiple assaults and property vandalizations through the years). Evola secretly recorded conversations with Hale that were, at worst, noncommittal concerning Evola's offer to "exterminate...the Jew rat" (a male Jew rat, as transcripts made clear). At one point, Hale was recorded as saying, "I'm going to fight within the law." Also, note that, while Judge Lefkow is married to a Jew, she herself is not Jewish, a fact known at the time to both Hale and the FBI.

6. Hale's trial was a sham. The FBI plant, Evola, testified that, during a conversation wherein he asked if Hale wanted him to "get the rat," Hale nodded affirmatively. Never was any evidence presented other than that single bit of testimony concerning Hale's alleged approval of the FBI scheme. A good deal of circumstantial and highly prejudicial evidence, especially concerning Benjamin Smith's rampage, was allowed, however. Directly upon the State resting its case, Hale's attorney, noted Chicago criminal defense lawyer and former Federal prosecutor Thomas Durkin, rose and rested Hale's defense without calling a single witness or introducing a single shred of evidence. Durkin reportedly made numerous remarks derogatory to his own client throughout the trial both during the State's case and during closing argument.


37 posted on 03/04/2005 9:33:00 PM PST by Iconoclast2 (Two wings of the same bird of prey . . .)
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