5 February 2008

Bill Noble Sentence to Four Months

Fast on the heels of Terry Tremaine's arrest is the conviction of Bill Noble for violating the Criminal Code section regarding the promotion of racial hatred.

Four months' new jail time imposed in hate-promotion case
Monday, 04 February 2008, 16:44 PST
Citizen Staff 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.

Noble was a prominent and active member of Calgary's Aryan Guard. His old website, exterminance.com has been redirected to the Aryan Guard website for some time and after going down as a result of hackers the A.G. website is back up with a new web forum. Who knows how long it will remain active once the monthly payments to the hosting service cease.

Also of interest is how long it will be before the police go after other Aryan Guard members. With Thomas Trenerry banned from Stormfront, Aryan Guard members such as Kyle McKee, Dallas Price, RN, and others have been very quiet lately on the hate site, though they have been slightly more active elsewhere. Are they laying low and hoping that the spotlight isn't turned on them? We plan on continuing to monitor the Aryan Guard and its membership despite their efforts to hide from public scrutiny.

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