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...."I've got a deal for Mr. Butler," Dees said following the verdict. He
offered to settle the judgment if Butler turns over all of the assets,
leaves Idaho and ceases operations forever.....

...(Butler's lawyer) Steele said he has identified 13 points under which he
could seek an appeal or a new trial.
However, considering the unanimity of the 12 jurors and the size of the
award, he also asked, "Why bother?"
"I've recommended that Pastor Butler take a hard look at bankruptcy," he
said Friday.....


.......Butler has scheduled a news conference this afternoon at his Church
of Jesus Christ Christian-Aryan Nations headquarters.
Butler and Steele were notified by certified letter on Friday that the
plaintiffs intend to immediately move to seize assets to partially satisfy
the judgment.
Attorney Norm Gissel reminded Butler of a court order "freezing" his
assets, including 20 acres of land and personal property, owned by Butler
and the Aryan Nations.
Gissel said his clients want "all posters, artwork, memorabilia, Nazi
symbols, swastikas, alters, pulpits, church benches, plaques, flags, Aryan
Nations symbols, weapons" and other property, including computers.
"Your clients or anyone acting in concert with them shall not dispose of,
destroy, remove or in any way damage, alter, sell, transfer or encumber"
any of the property, the letter warned Butler.
Butler also was ordered to appear Oct. 13 at a "debtor examination" where
he will have to testify under oath about his assets.......


...Butler said he did not have the $960,000 in cash bond that would be
required for him to appeal the civil judgment that was issued by a jury on
Thursday.At a news conference inside the church on the 20-acre Aryan
Nations compound...


AP news story

......Butler compared his trial to trials in the former Soviet Union under
dictator Josef Stalin. He said local "politicians want to improve the image
of Idaho by mongrelizing the white race up here."....He bemoaned the
expected loss of the compound, which he bought nearly 30 years ago and
includes his home and church and has been the site of annual gatherings by
his supporters. 
"This place was built on love," Butler said. "It is a place to worship with
your own kind." 
There has been speculation that two wealthy computer industry executives
who have been supportive of Butler in recent years might come to his
financial aid. But Butler said Saturday that he has not asked Vincent
Bertollini or Carl Story, both of Sandpoint, Idaho, to pay the judgment. 
"They don't have that kind of money," Butler said. "We never talked about


op/ed piece

...The Aryan compound for 20 years has been a revolving door for thugs and
misfits, including many who went on to commit serious, violent crimes. Too
many people have shrugged their shoulders and done nothing, although Butler
has made it clear that he considers silence to be agreement.
There is a natural human reaction to believe that a problem may go away if
ignored. In the case of racism and racists, the opposite certainly is true.
A light needs to be beamed on race haters. Apathy must not be allowed to
slide into acquiescence.
We, the collective community, should have stood right up, and marched,
demonstrated, paraded and proclaimed that the racists who live here are
few, not tolerated and not welcome. Many people around the world would have


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