Hale ordered held until Monday hearing

AP, Jan. 9, 2003

CHICAGO (AP) — The leader of a white supremacist group that planned an anti-Somali rally in Lewiston this weekend has been ordered held in jail until a hearing Monday.

Matt Hale, the head of the World Church of the Creator, was arrested in Chicago yesterday on charges that he tried to arrange the murder of a federal judge. He pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Hale attempted to arrange the killing of federal Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow.

She is hearing a trademark infringement lawsuit brought against Hale by an Oregon-based group that claimed he had no right to use the name World Church of the Creator.

It wasn’t clear whether Hale’s group would go ahead with the Lewiston event without him.

Police say they’re continuing their security preparations. Organizers of a pro-diversity celebration say their event will be held regardless of what the white supremacists do.

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