Judge won’t tolerate ‘game-playing’ by neo-Nazi site founder
Andrew Anglin, founder of a neo-Nazi website notorious for its racist internet trolling campaigns, has dubiously claimed he lives in Nigeria. A process server swears he recently spotted The Daily Stormer’s publisher at a grocery store in his native Ohio.
Anglin’s whereabouts — a key issue in a pair of lawsuits he faces — may not remain a mystery much longer.
A federal judge in Montana has warned Anglin’s attorneys that he won’t tolerate any “game-playing” and expects him to disclose where he has been residing, according to a court transcript obtained by The Associated Press.
Marc Randazza, one of Anglin’s lawyers, told U.S. Magistrate Jeremiah Lynch during a Dec. 14 pretrial conference that he didn’t know where his client is.
Anglin’s site takes its name from Der St˘rmer, a newspaper that published Nazi propaganda. It has struggled to stay online since Anglin published a post mocking a woman killed in a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.
“I can represent that he is outside of the United States,” Randazza said, according to the transcript. “I had asked him where he is situated, and he changes locations regularly, and I don’t know his whereabouts.”
Montana real estate agent Tanya Gersh sued Anglin in April, accusing him of orchestrating an anti-Semitic internet trolling campaign that terrorized her family amid her dispute with the mother of a leading white nationalist. Months passed before Anglin’s lawyers formally responded to the suit, arguing the First Amendment protects his posts calling for a “troll storm” against Gersh.
Anglin’s attorneys have argued the court doesn’t have jurisdiction over the case — and therefore must dismiss it — because Anglin is “not a citizen of any state.” In a Nov. 30 court filing, they cited a CNN report that included Anglin’s oft-repeated claim that he is living in Lagos, Nigeria.
The judge told Randazza he should “emphasize to Mr. Anglin there’s not going to be any game-playing here.”