APar 05/14 1321 White Supremacists-Miles FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- The reputed second in co
APar 05/14 1321 White Supremacists-Miles
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- The reputed second in command in the
Aryan Nations white supremacist organization is free on $50,000
Robert Edward Miles was released from the Sebastian County
Jail Wednesday after U.S. District Judge Morris S. "Buzz" Arnold
of Fort Smith set Miles' bond in a one-page order. N.C. Deday
LaRene of Detroit, Miles' attorney, had filed a motion Tuesday
seeking bond for his client, who had been held without bond since
his arrest April 24 at Cohoctah.
U.S. Attorney J. Michael Fitzhugh said his office would review
Arnold's opinion and decide whether to appeal the order.
Miles, 62, of Cohoctah, Mich., a former grand dragon of the
Michigan Realm of the United Klans of America, was among 10
people accused of sedition last month in an indictment handed up
by a federal grand jury in Fort Smith.
The "record is insufficient to establish a serious risk of
flight exists, or that clear and convincing evidence exists that
defendant, if released on bail, would pose a danger to the safety
of any person or the community." Arnold said in his order.
Miles and others are accused in the federal indictment of
conspiring to commit robberies, engage in counterfeiting,
assassinate federal officials and ethnic groups, commit bombings,
destroy utilities, pollute municipal water supplies, establish
guerrilla warfare training camps and procure false
The government had successfully appealed a federal
magistrate's order at Detroit that Miles be set free on $50,000
bail. Miles appeared Monday at Fort Smith with his attorney and
asked U.S. Magistrate Ned Stewart to rule on the bail question.
When Stewart said he couldn't, Miles' attorney asked Arnold to
make the decision.
According to Arnold's order, Miles is to report daily to the
probation office or pretrial service agency and travel only
within Michigan, except for court appearances in the Western
District of Arkansas.
A July 6 trial date has been set at Fort Smith for Miles and
the other defendants. If convicted, Miles could receive a
maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
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