A judge this morning granted bond to a Roanoke neo-Nazi leader accused of making online threats.
William A. White, who has been jailed since October, was granted a $25,000 secured bond by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski. Under the terms of the bond, White also would be placed under home electronic monitoring and would be prohibited from accessing the Internet.
White’s release has been stayed, however, until the government can appeal Urbanski’s decision to U.S. District Court Judge James Turk on Tuesday morning.
Urbanski denied bond for White last year after White was charged with posting online the name, address and telephone number of the foreman of a Chicago jury that convicted a fellow white supremacist. In July, a federal judge rejected the government’s theory that White solicited violence against the juror, ruling his actions were protected by the First Amendment.
But because White also faced federal charges in Roanoke of threatening about a half-dozen people by e-mail, telephone or online, he remained in custody.
“The easiest thing in the world for me to do would be to follow my earlier decision and detain Mr. White,” Urbanski said today. “But I must consider what has changed in the past 10 months” – including the dismissal of the Chicago charge and a psychological evaluation that found White wasn’t a danger.