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FBI Snitch Radio Host Hal Turner Gets 33 Months (continued)

He did so, he insisted, in order to smoke out extremists who posed a threat to the United States, which he says he dearly loves.

But he also conceded that he pushed the envelope with inflammatory speech because it "shocks the radio audience." He said that his motivation was unabashed capitalism - to make more money.

"I filled a niche market - I appealed to people with extremist views," Turner said.

While admitting that he did not always agree with his listeners' sentiments, his edgy radio program where the "spin is always extreme" created new audiences and new advertisers, thus generating more money, he said.

"The personality you hear on the radio is not real life," Turner said.

He was convicted in August for threatening federal judges in Illinois by advocating on his Internet show that they should be killed.

Turner insisted that his conviction was unfair, because he was simply expressing his First Amendment right and posed no threat to the judges' safety.

"I advocated violence against those judges," Turner said. "But I did so in the context of the Internet. I delineated the difference between a threat and an opinion."

The threats stemmed from a 2009 decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Illinois by Judges William Bauer, Frank Easterbrook, and Richard Posner.

Their ruling upheld a district court decision dismissing lawsuits that challenged handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill.

The federal case against Turner was moved from Illinois to Brooklyn to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Juries could not agree on a verdict in Turner's first two trials, but he was convicted on the third.



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