The Associated Press, Feb. 21, 2003
By CHARLES SHEEHAN, The Associated Press
An alleged white supremacist with a history of intimidating witnesses and victims will not be allowed out on bail while he awaits trial for possessing illegal explosives, a federal judge ruled Friday.
David W. Hull, 40, of Amwell Township is charged with illegal possession and transfer of a destructive device.
Prosecutors say Hull was planning hand grenade attacks on women’s health clinics and taught other white supremacists how to build and use silencers and pipe bombs.
Hull sobbed throughout the hearing as U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster overruled a magistrate’s order that Hull be released on $40,000 unsecured bond.
Hull’s “extensive record” of intimidating witnesses and evidence seized from his home indicates that he could be a danger to the community, Lancaster ruled.
Hull is the leader of the local Klan sect, according to the Anti-Defamation League regional office. Federal agents said they seized an application form for joining the Klan at Hull’s house that bore his name and phone number as contact.
Retired state Trooper Elaine Harvey testified Friday that Hull ordered a man shot in 1997 because he was trying to quit the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Pennsylvania and repeatedly intimidated the man and his wife.
Hull told the man that, “No one leaves the Klan,” Harvey testified.
The trooper said the victim and his wife were afraid to testify, and Hull was convicted of obstruction of justice in a deal with prosecutors. Hull was found guilty in October 2000 of making terroristic threats against the same couple, Harvey said.
In 2001, Hull was convicted of harassment by communication in Maryland for threatening a man who said he would join the Klan, but then backed out.
Defense attorney Khadija Diggs said prosecutors had only given reasons to “dislike Mr. Hull,” and denied that Hull broke any laws.
“The level of hearsay presented in this case is extreme,” Diggs said.
In the most recent case, prosecutors say Hull met with a government informant to arrange the purchase of five grenades that he said were to be used to attack an abortion clinic.
The primary objective was to damage the clinics, but when asked about possible injuries, Hull replied, “If they’re there, they are killers or a woman killing a fetus,” prosecutors said.
Hull took the informant to his 47-acre farm in Washington County and gave him pieces of a disassembled pipe bomb by Hull, according to court documents.
Prosecutors said Hull also gave the informant a container filled with Red Dot explosive powder for the pipe bomb and he faces charges for passing the explosives on to the informant.
No date has been set for trial.
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