APar 06/04 0332 White Supremacists-Butler FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- The leader of a white s
APar 06/04 0332 White Supremacists-Butler
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- The leader of a white separatist
movement has been freed on a $100,000 signature bond after
pleading innocent to charges of seditious conspiracy.
A federal grand jury in Fort Smith indicted the Rev. Richard
Girnt Butler, 69, and accused him of plotting to overthrow the
U.S. Magistrate Ned Stewart allowed Butler to post the
signature bond Wednesday. He and the 13 others named in the
indictment are scheduled for trial July 6.
Butler already was free on a $100,000 bond set by an Idaho
magistrate. The bond was secured by land owned by the Church of
Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations) at Hayden Lake, Idaho, of
which he is the founder, Butler's attorney, Everett Hofmeister of
Hofmeister also filed several motions, seeking to review the
government's evidence against Butler, including any gained by
electronic surveillance; to move the trial to Idaho; to try him
separately; and to force the government to identify informants
used in the case.
If convicted, Butler could receive a maximum of 20 years in
prison and a $20,000 fine.
The trial may be delayed because a federal judge at Denver has
refused to transfer three defendants in the case to Arkansas.
The government wants to try all 14 defendants at the same time.
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