The Hartford Superior Court jury considering the case of New Jersey blogger Hal Turner has found him not guilty on both counts.
Turner was accused of “inciting injury to persons” and second-degree threatening in connection with comments on his blog about Connecticut lawmakers.
Commenting on a proposal in the General Assembly two years ago that would have given lay members of Catholic parishes more control over parish finances, Turner said the bill violated separation of church and state. And he said Catholics should “take up arms” and promised to post the home addresses of lawmakers.
Turner told the jury that he’s being prosecuted for exercising his free speech right. He said he never intended for anyone to get hurt, but the prosecutor argued that Turner’s targets were truly concerned about their safety.
When the jury came back with a verdict of not guilty on both counts, Turner’s family gasped and hugged.