Editor's note: Matthew Hale was sentenced to 40 years in prison in April 2005.
CHICAGO — The FBI has increased its monitoring of hate groups' Web sites
after the conviction of a white supremacist on charges he sought to have a judge
murdered, agency officials said.
Federal officials won't tolerate anyone crossing the line from protected free
speech to advocating violence in the wake of Matthew Hale's conviction, said
Richard K. Ruminski, the FBI's assistant special agent in charge of
counterterrorism investigations in Chicago.
Ruminski said yesterday that a couple of Web sites had been of particular
concern for espousing views "almost threatening in nature." He did not name the
"It concerns us to the point where we're going to see what legal actions can
be taken in order to maybe legally take [a threatening] Web site down," he
One racist Web site posted an incorrect home address and cell and home phone
numbers for FBI informant Anthony Evola, with the title, "In Case Anyone Wants
To Say Hi," Ruminski said. The site listed information for a man named Anthony
Evola, but he wasn't the person who testified during the trial, officials
"You don't know who is going to show up at the house," said Joseph Evola, the
son of the man misidentified on the Web site.
FBI agents and local police are providing round-the-clock protection,
Hale, whose gospel of "racial holy war" was linked to a follower's deadly
shooting rampage five years ago, was found guilty on April 26 of trying to have
U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow killed.
Prosecutors said Hale was furious after Lefkow ordered him to stop using the
name World Church of the Creator because it had been trademarked by an
Oregon-based religious group that has no ties to Hale.