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March 5, 2005 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
The war of words against U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow lasted two years, a baffling, ominous campaign. It ended in the conviction of Matthew Hale, a white supremacist who had fixated on Lefkow for having thwarted the movement he called his "church." Now investigators are trying to learn whether Hale's intimidating words led to murder. A federal jury last year found Hale, 33, guilty of trying to arrange Lefkow's murder.
March 4, 2005 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
Bearing down with grand jury subpoenas and teams of interrogators, federal agents and Chicago police sought two men for questioning Thursday in connection with the execution-style slayings of a federal judge's husband and mother, pressing for information from followers of a white supremacist who insisted from jail that he had no involvement in the killings.
February 13, 2005 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
White supremacist groups around the country are moving aggressively to recruit new members by promoting their violent, racist ideologies on billboards, in radio commercials and in leaflets tossed on suburban driveways. Watching with mounting alarm, civil rights monitors say these tactics stake out a much bolder, more public role for many hate groups, which are trying to shed their image as shadowy extremists and claim more mainstream support.
January 26, 2005 | Lance Pugmire and Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writers
The parent of a high school football player who invited teammates over to his house for weightlifting sessions allegedly tried to recruit the teens into a heavily armed white-supremacist group, Riverside County authorities announced Tuesday.
January 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
Eighteen people believed to be members or associates of white supremacist groups have been arrested in Riverside County in the alleged theft, sale and distribution of drugs and firearms, officials said on Friday. Most of those arrested have felony records, according to Riverside County Sheriff Bob Doyle. He added that more than 75 firearms and 15,000 rounds of ammunition were seized, along with methamphetamine, hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana.
September 25, 2004 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
A white supremacist organization's booth at the Mississippi State Fair this fall will feature a figure from the archives of the state's bloody civil rights struggle: Edgar Ray Killen, a preacher who was accused of planning the murders of three civil rights workers in the summer of 1964. Mississippians have heard little from Killen since 1967, when witnesses at a federal trial testified that he had recruited men to kill Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner.
May 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two dozen white supremacists held a rally near the site of the Topeka school that was the subject of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision, but they cut the demonstration short after protesters moved within about 25 feet of them. For several minutes the two sides shouted insults and taunts at each other.
December 23, 2003 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
In the first case of its kind in Germany, a right-wing rock band was deemed a criminal organization and its lead singer was sentenced Monday to more than three years in prison for lyrics that venerate Nazism and incite racial hatred. A Berlin criminal court sentenced 38-year-old Michael Regener to 40 months in prison after a six-month trial that tested the boundaries of free expression in a nation with strict laws against hate speech.
November 5, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
A candidate for an Antelope Valley school board Tuesday accused a local Republican political action committee of being a "hate group" after the organization placed a newspaper advertisement accusing him of operating a public charter school that teaches "Islamic principles."
April 20, 2003 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
In this city's gritty Mission District, nonprofits champion the cause of everyone from battered women to low-income immigrants and transsexuals. Radical activists mingle peacefully with working-class Latinos and Arab American owners of corner stores and cafes. Here, where antiwar posters plaster the windows of fading Victorians, leftist rhetoric is as common as the smells of carne asada wafting from tiny taquerias.
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