- Associated Press - Thursday, September 15, 2011

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) - An aide to Connecticut’s governor says he perceived the words of a New Jersey blogger as a real threat.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s general counsel, Andrew McDonald, was a state senator when Harold Turner posted an entry authorities say incited violence against legislators. Testifying at Turner’s trial, McDonald said Thursday he considered it “an extraordinary document” and a “very real threat.”

Turner, representing himself, says his comments were free speech. He’s charged with felony inciting injury to persons and misdemeanor threatening.

Turner was arrested two years ago after urging readers to “take up arms” against lawmakers following withdrawal of legislation to give Catholic lay members more control over parish finances.

On cross-examination, Turner suggested McDonald used the bill to punish the church for its opposition to gay marriage. McDonald denied that.

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