October 29, 2000 |
Bedraggled but defiant under a light rain, Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler and two dozen supporters carried banners and swastika flags through the streets Saturday, vowing that northern Idaho will remain a haven for the white race. Facing a $6.
September 23, 2000 |
In a blow to hate groups that have made the Northwest their clubhouse, the founder of the Aryan Nations has agreed to give up his Idaho compound to satisfy a $6.3-million verdict against the white supremacist organization. Richard Butler, 82, has agreed to hand over the 20-acre property no later than Oct. 25. Under the agreement, he must also give up the property's contents--Nazi and Confederate flags, Third Reich posters, a silver bust of Adolf Hitler and stained glass swastikas.
September 19, 2000 |
A defense lawyer sought a new trial for the white supremacist Aryan Nations, which could lose all its assets as a result of a $6.3-million civil judgment. Edgar Steele, who represents the group and its leader, Richard Butler, argued that his clients did not receive a fair trial before the Sept. 7 verdict. Among other things, the motion alleges juror misconduct.
September 10, 2000 |
Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler vowed Saturday that he will not leave northern Idaho, despite a $6.3-million judgment against his organization. At a news conference on the 20-acre Aryan Nations compound, Butler said he did not have the $960,000 cash bond that would be required for him to appeal the judgment issued Thursday by a civil jury. But he said his neo-Nazi sect would continue, even if, as he expects, the compound is seized to pay the judgment.
September 7, 2000 |
A lawyer for a mother and son who were attacked as they drove past the Aryan Nations' headquarters asked jurors Wednesday to award $11.26 million in damages. After six days of testimony, lawyer Morris Dees asked the jury to "send a message" to hate groups across the nation. Dees, of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center, suggested the jury award $1.26-million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.
September 3, 2000 |
The Aryan Nations white supremacist group was negligent in the operation of its security force, U.S. District Judge Charles W. Hosack ruled. The move clears the way for a Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, jury to assess punitive and compensatory damages should it side with plaintiffs Victoria Keenan and her son, Jason, in their civil rights case against the group. The Keenans are seeking unspecified damages for a 1998 incident in which they say they were assaulted by Aryan Nations security guards.