Both sides rest in blogger’s Conn. threat case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ? The prosecution and defense have rested in the trial of a New Jersey blogger accused of making threats against Connecticut legislators.

Harold Turner is representing himself and says his blog posting was free speech. He didn’t testify or present any witnesses or evidence in his defense. Former legislators testified Thursday that they perceived Turner’s words as a real threat.

Turner was arrested in 2009 after urging readers to “take up arms” against lawmakers following the withdrawal of legislation to give Roman Catholic lay members more control over parish finances. Turner is charged with inciting injury to someone, a felony. He also is charged with misdemeanor threatening.

Turner currently is serving nearly three years in prison for threatening federal judges in Illinois.