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June 12, 2012 0

Neo-Nazi Bill White Arrested in Mexico

Author­i­ties arrested neo-Nazi Bill White in Mex­ico on June 8, after he allegedly spent nearly a month on the run.  He is report­edly back in the United States and being held in Miami, Florida.

A fed­eral arrest war­rant was issued for White after it was dis­cov­ered that he was no longer in Vir­ginia, where he was on pro­ba­tion.  A fed­eral jury had con­victed him in Decem­ber 2009 on four counts, includ­ing mak­ing threats on the Inter­net and wit­ness intim­i­da­tion. White, who served over two years in prison, was released in April 2011.
 
White may have feared being sent back to prison. His appeal of his con­vic­tion on First Amend­ment grounds led a fed­eral appeals court to uphold the con­vic­tion in March 2012. How­ever, the court also ruled that White should have received a stiffer sen­tence on one of the counts involv­ing intim­i­dat­ing let­ters he sent to the African-American res­i­dents of a Vir­ginia Beach hous­ing com­plex who were fil­ing a dis­crim­i­na­tion suit against their white land­lord. The U.S. gov­ern­ment, which had orig­i­nally indicted White, asserted that because at least one of the ten­ants had young chil­dren, White should have received an enhanced sen­tence for tar­get­ing an espe­cially vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tion. The appeals court agreed with the government’s argu­ment. White had been sched­uled to appear in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Roanoke, Vir­ginia, in May for resen­tenc­ing in the case.
 
Since his release from prison in April 2011, White had been writ­ing for two anti-Semitic pub­li­ca­tions, the conspiracy-oriented Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP) and The Barnes Review (TBR), a Holo­caust denial pub­li­ca­tion. Both are pub­lished by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto.
 
More recently, in March 2012, AFP announced that it was host­ing a book release din­ner in honor of White’s new book, Cen­turies of Rev­o­lu­tion: Democ­racy, Com­mu­nism, Zion­ism. The event was co-hosted by TBR and the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens.
 
White is the for­mer head of the now-defunct Amer­i­can National Social­ist Work­ers Party, and a for­mer leader in the National Social­ist Move­ment.

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