New court date for cross burner Hudak

tjndc5-5raoeh1omttzzed1g0k_thumbnailThe case of convicted cross burner Christopher Hudak, who violated his probation by skipping anger management classes and performing only 7 hours of his 1,000 hours of required community service, will return to Westchester County Court for a conference on Nov 10. Hudak was scheduled for a court appearance on Tuesday, but it was rescheduled at the request of his attorney, who has been out of town.

Hudak, a 21-year-old from Cortlandt, is accused of associating with white supremacists while serving his six-month sentence in the county jail and posting hate speech on the Internet. He is being held on $250,000 bail.

Hudak and an accomplice, Ryan A. Martin, admitted to building a 4-foot wood cross – a symbol of racial terrorism and hatred associated with the Ku Klux Klan – and setting it ablaze at the Artope home on Nov. 21, 2007 – the day before Thanksgiving. They burned the cross after then-15-year-old Timothy Artope was involved in a fight earlier with Hudak’s younger sister and another girl at Hendrick Hudson High School.

Timothy Artope told police the fight was provoked by the girls and he hit Danielle Hudak after she used a racial slur.

Hudak and Martin, also 21, pleaded guilty to three felonies, the top one a hate crime, and a misdemeanor arson count. Hudak also pleaded guilty to intimidating a witness. Martin spent to four weekends in jail and complied with his 300 hours of community service.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.