APar 06/01 2045 Butler-Supremacists FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- The head of north Idaho's Ary

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APar 06/01 2045 Butler-Supremacists FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- The head of north Idaho's Aryan Nations church is scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate Wednesday to be arraigned on a federal sedition charge, authorities said. Richard Butler, 69, of Hayden Lake, Idaho, has been free on $100,000 bond since he was released from jail on May 19. He had been in custody since surrendering on April 24, two days after the indictments were handed down against him and 14 other white supremacists nationwide. Butler suffered a heart attack while in jail in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He later was hospitalized and underwent two heart-related surgeries, including a quadruple bypass on May 1. He was released from the hospital on May 18. Butler has refused to talk with reporters since his arrest. He heads the group formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations). U.S. Attorney Michael Fitzhugh said Monday that the government will ask that Butler's bond remain at $100,000, pending trial. Butler and the others indicted in April now are scheduled to stand trial beginning July 6 on charges that they conspired to overthrow the U.S. government. The trial is expected to be postponed at least a few months. The Justice Department has said it wants to prosecute all of the defendants together. Three of the 15 defendants are in custody in Denver, where they also face federal civil rights charges in the 1985 machine gun killing of Jewish talk-show host Alan Berg. Last page !


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