White supremacist sentenced for soliciting murder of federal judge

White supremacist sentenced for soliciting murder of federal judge

[JURIST] US District Judge James Moody sentenced white supremacist Matthew Hale to 40 years in prison for soliciting an undercover FBI informant to murder US District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow [official profile]. In an earlier, trademark infringement suit, Lefkow had ordered Hale's group to stop using the name World Church of the Creator, which was already taken by another unrelated religious group. Lefkow's husband and mother were murdered [JURIST report] in February, but a Wisconsin man unconnected to Hale or his followers confessed to the murders in a suicide note. During his sentencing, Hale told the court that he was a victim, but in delivering the sentence, Judge Moody said "Mr. Hale is not concerned about taking someone's life, but rather how to do it without getting caught. I consider Mr. Hale to be extremely dangerous and the offense for which he was convicted to be extremely egregious." AP has more.