Case 08 cr 851, US v. William White –
Your honor, I’d like to apologize for having created the situation that has brought us here today. I never believed or intended that any harm would come to Mr Hoffman as a result of my words, but, clearly, I communicated in a way that was subject to misunderstanding, and, for this, I am sorry.
During the trial, the FBI testified that I had communicated with Matt Hale before his arrest, but they did not testify to what I’d said. In December of 2002, just before Mr Hale’s arrest, I received a copy of his email declaring war on Joan Lefkow, and, my immediate response — the one the agent didn’t detail — was to tell Mr Hale to retract his statement and leave Joan Lefkow alone. Things like this did not come out at trial — but they were the truth of the matter — I was never one to encourage political violence.
Until my arrest in this case, I had never read Mr Hale’s appellate argument, in which he admitted he had solicited a murder. Until I read this, I had believed Mr Hale to be completely innocent, and it was this belief that caused me to criticize his jury. Had I known Mr Hale had admitted so much, my actions would have been different.
Since my arrest in 2008, I have abandoned any sort of political activity. As a result of my imprisonment, I lost my marriage and my business, but I spent the year I was released working without a profit to help those who invested in my business to recover as much as possible. I also spent that year living quietly in the mountains, focused on raising my now five-year old daughter. I did not have internet at my home and I did not maintain a regular phone line, not because of any court order, but because I wanted to avoid even the potential of an allegation of having done something wrong. I pursued my degree and supported myself by writing, editing and consulting for publications. I lived within the law, and I committed no crimes. I did everything in my power to eliminate my public presence and be left alone.
When released again, I’m going to continue what I did in 2011 and 2012 — I’m going to live quietly, write, raise my daughter and obey the law. All I ask is that the Court put a final end to this case it has dismissed twice by granting me a fully concurrent sentence of time served and letting me get back to my family.