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Judge Denies Bond to White Rights' Activists on Terrorizing Charges

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White Rights' Activists Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton in Court, November 18, 2013 White Rights' Activists Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton in Court, November 18, 2013
Grant County Prosecutor Todd Schwartz and White Rights' Activists Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton in Court, November 18, 2013 Grant County Prosecutor Todd Schwartz and White Rights' Activists Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton in Court, November 18, 2013
White Rights' Activists Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton before Judge Thomas Schneider, November 18, 2013 White Rights' Activists Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton before Judge Thomas Schneider, November 18, 2013

Some relief for Leith?

Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton appear in Court to face terrorizing charges.  Saturday evening's walk around town -- with loaded firearms -- has landed the white rights' activists in jail.    Today, Judge Thomas Schneider decides jail is where Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton will stay.

First there was Craig Cobb:  "We have the First Amendment."

Next came Kynan Dutton:  "I don't have any intentions of harassing the people of Leith."

They moved to Leith, North Dakota, with the hope of creating a white enclave in this town of less than 20.  Since then, there's been nothing but trouble.  However, the latest hot water in which they find themselves has less to do with their unpopular racist views than their alleged outright violation of North Dakota law.
 
They were arrested Saturday after carrying loaded weapons through the tiny town.  Now, Cobb and Dutton are charged with seven counts of Terrorizing -- a class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.  However, because the guns were loaded, five of the terrorizing charges include mandatory minimum sentences of two years.

Grant County Prosecutor Todd Schwartz argued against bond, saying it's a situation that's been escalating:  "From rhetoric to insults to outright theft, threats with firearms to the point we feel it's not appropriate to release on bond."

But Defendant Cobb said he's been threatened too, "including death threats on my Wikipedia page, including video of the October 27th town meeting in which I was pushed and a man swore a very vile curse word in a public building."

He said his trees have been cut down, a vehicle vandalized and Dutton's dog struck.  "My family is in jeopardy by remaining in Leith right now.  It would be in my best interests to get to them and help them maintain their safety.  I don't have any intentions of harassing the people of Leith nor do I really care to have anything to do with them, but I know that they are harassing her on a daily and continual basis," added Dutton.

So while the prosecutor says the town is fearful of the defendants, the defendants say it's just the opposite.  At least for now, Judge Thomas Schneider decides to keep them apart -- and orders no bond for either Cobb or Dutton. 

The Prosecutor also argued Craig Cobb is a flight risk, as he is wanted in Canada for a race-hate crime involving postings on the Internet, though he admitted it's a crime not likely to be pressed in the U.S.  Cobb says what he did in Canada is irrelevant, because in America "we have the First Amendment."

 

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