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Old February 5th, 2008 #1
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Four months' new jail time imposed in hate-promotion case

Monday, 04 February 2008, 16:44 PST
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Keith Francis William Noble, 32, was sentenced Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in Prince George to four months of new jail time on being convicted of one count of violating the Criminal Code section against wilful promotion of hatred.

Mr. Justice Glen Parrett said the appropriate sentence for Noble's actions was six months, but he gave the Fort St. John resident two months' credit for 40 days already spent in custody before and during the trial, which lasted nine days.

Three years or probation will follow.

Mr. Justice Parrett ordered all computer equipment police found in Noble's apartment forfeited to the Crown for destruction. During the period of probation, Noble may not own a computer or access the Internet or go to any establishment where Internet service is the primary business. However, the judge said he would not authorize warrantless searches of Noble's residence.

From 2003 to 2005 Noble helped maintain a website called Exterminance that had links with white-supremacist groups in Texas. It included a picture of the accused, court heard.

Noble was attempting to recruit members for a skinhead group in Fort St. John. He also obtained material from a website called Storm Front, court was told.

The criminal code section against wilful promotion of hatred exempts views expressed in private conversation. However, Noble published his views through the Internet where millions can read them and interested persons almost anywhere may copy and republish his comments. It is impossible to conclude Noble meant his communications to be private. "The circumstances don't bring this into the private communications exemption under the Criminal Code," Mr. Justice Parrett said.

On his website Noble attacked Jews, blacks, homosexuals and parents who allowed their children to marry members of other races. He also expressed sympathy with Ku Klux Klan views, court was told.

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Old February 5th, 2008 #2
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Canadian "white nationalist" jailed for hate crime

Tue Feb 5, 2008 4:13pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A self-professed "white nationalist" has been convicted of using the Internet to promote hatred against non-white groups and Jews, Canadian officials said on Tuesday.

Keith "Bill" Noble was found guilty of a hate crime on Monday for postings he made from early 2003 to late 2005 on a Web site that investigators say he controlled from his home in Fort St. John in northern British Columbia.

Noble was sentenced to four months in prison and three years probation and ordered not to have access to the Internet, a court official said.

Noble's Web site now links to another site identified as belonging to The Aryan Guard, which describes itself as "family oriented folk" who want to "secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children."

"That's the problem with the Internet, they can just reroute people to other sites," said Sgt. Sean McGowen of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police hate crimes unit.
 
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Canadian court hands rare Internet hate crime conviction

VANCOUVER, Canada (AFP) — A Canadian court handed down a rare conviction to a white supremacist for posting hate material on the Internet, police here said Tuesday.

A judge ruled that Keith Francis William (Bill) Noble, 31, did "willfully promote hatred against identifiable groups, namely Jews, Blacks, homosexual or gay persons, non-whites and persons of mixed race or ethnic origin," said a police statement.

Noble was sentenced to four months in jail, plus restrictions on his use of computers for three years, said the police statement. He was charged after police raided his former home in the rural community of Fort St. John.

Monday's conviction by the British Columbia Supreme Court in western Canada, following a two-week trial last fall, is unusual, Sergeant Sean McGowan told AFP. "The conviction rate for Internet-related crimes is very low."

"This is the second conviction of an individual for hate propaganda in British Columbia, and there have been only four or five cases in all of Canada where an individual has been prosecuted and convicted for hate over the Internet," said McGowan.

McGowan said police were tipped off about Noble's posting by the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center For Holocaust Studies, an international human rights organization.

Nobel "posted quite a bit on a lot of white supremacist websites," said McGwan. "The content of the website and the content of what he posted were offensive enough to meet a high standard."

Noble "was known to the police, the authorities, and to our organization," said David Eisenstadt, a spokesman for the Wiesenthal organization.

"We're pleased this (conviction) has happened, not because we condone censorship but because there's a lot of abuse on the Internet," Eisenstadt told AFP. "There are no boundaries on the Internet."
 
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