AP 05/20 1050 Richard Butler By KAREN McGRATH Associated Press Writer COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho

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AP 05/20 1050 Richard Butler By KAREN McGRATH Associated Press Writer COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A white supremacist leader charged with plotting to overthrow the U.S. government has been freed on $100,000 property bond and allowed to return to his military-style compound home. The Rev. Richard Butler must appear for arraignment July 6 in Fort Smith, Ark., U.S. Magistrate Stephen Ayers said Tuesday. Property owned by Butler and his Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations) near Hayden Lake north of Coeur d'Alene will be forfeited if he fails to appear, Ayers said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Howen of Boise told Ayers the government withdrew its motion to continue holding Butler because of his recent heart bypass surgery and because a codefendant, Robert Miles of Cohoctah, Mich., had been freed pending arraignment. Butler and Miles had "the same degree of responsibility and culpability" in the alleged scheme, Howen said. An indictment alleged that the groundwork for the plan was laid at Butler's Hayden Lake compound in July 1983 and that his role continued through March 1985. Prosecutors allege the plot was to include assassinations of federal officials, politicians and Jews; bombings; pollution of municipal water supplies; and training for urban and guerrilla warfare. Robberies and counterfeitings allegedly were planned to pay for the operation. Butler's attorney, Everett Hofmeister of Coeur d'Alene, said his client plans to plead innocent to charges of sedition, or attempting to overthrow the federal government. Butler, 69, surrendered April 24 after being indicted with 14 other white supremacists in Fort Smith and Denver. On April 28, he suffered chest pains in the Kootenai County Jail and was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center. He underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery May 1 and a few days later underwent surgery for a blockage in one of the carotid arteries in his neck. He was released from the hospital Monday. Hofmeister said Butler continued to feel dizzy and is weak but should be completely healthy by his arraignment date. Last page !


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