A three-judge panel has upheld the 2004 conviction of white supremacist Matthew Hale, formerly of
East Peoria, for soliciting the murder of a Chicago federal court judge. Hale is serving a 40-year
prison sentence for asking an undercover FBI informant to kill Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow.
She had ruled against him in a trademark case. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a series of claims by Hale, including that his attorneys did a poor job of representing him. Tuesday's
ruling was unanimous. Lewkow's husband and mother were both killed in her home a year after
Hale's conviction. The killer apparently had no connection to Hale's case.