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New Jersey Blogger Faces Charges of Inciting Violence
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A New Jersey blogger was in a Hartford courtroom on Monday, facing charges of inciting violence against two state lawmakers and a state official.

Internet radio host Hal Turner did not comment during or after his arraignment on felony charges of inciting harm against people or property.

On his blog, though, he says he was practicing free speech and did not break the law.

The charges stem from a post earlier this month. Turner urged readers in Connecticut to "take up arms and put down this tyranny by force." He was reacting to a bill that would have given lay people more authority in the Catholic Church. The legislation was pulled in March after a huge outcry from Catholics.

Turner wrote that he would release the home addresses of two Connecticut lawmakers and a state ethics official on his show. He said they should be made an example, and added, "Obey the Constitution or die."
The Anti-Defamation League calls Turner a white supremacist and an anti-Semite.

Turner is out on $25,000 dollars bond. He is due back in court July 14.