NJ blogger acquitted of threatening CT officials

HARTFORD, Conn. - (AP) - A Connecticut jury has acquitted a New Jersey blogger of charges he threatened state officials when he urged readers to "take up arms" and suggested that governmentleaders "obey the Constitution or die."

Forty-nine-year-old Harold "Hal" Turner, of North Bergen,N.J., was found not guilty Friday of felony inciting injury topeople and misdemeanor threatening.

Turner, who represented himself, had argued that no one was hurtand there was no evidence that his words led to any violence. Healso had cited his First Amendment right to free speech. The June2009 posting was in response to legislation on Roman Catholicchurch finances.

Turner will be returned prison to complete a nearly three-yearprison sentence for threatening federal judges in Illinois.

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