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