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CHICAGO (AP) - Nearly 10 years after self-proclaimed white supremacist Matthew Hale began serving a 40-year prison sentence for ordering the murder of a federal judge, his mother says she wish he would have kept his mouth shut.

Evelyn Hutcheson told the Chicago Sun-Times her son would not have attracted the attention of authorities if he hadn't openly expressed his racist beliefs.

Hale became enraged at U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow after she ordered his group to stop using the name World Church of the Creator, calling its use a copyright violation. He was later convicted of urging an undercover FBI informant to murder her. Hale was sentenced in April 2005.

Hutcheson says Hale received the harsh sentence because it came months after the murder of Lefkow's mother and husband.

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