White supremacist Matthew Hale has filed a motion seeking an acquittal on charges that he solicited the murder of a federal judge. Hale says in the motion made public yesterday that the government may have altered a key undercover recording that led to his conviction.
The East Peoria man was found guilty in April of trying to solicit the murder of U-S District Judge Joan Lefkow and obstruction of justice.
Hale says he thought his security chief was talking about a lawyer and not the judge when he asked about “exterminating” the person.
Hale says he’s entitled to an acquittal if there’s any reasonable doubt that Lefkow was the intended target.