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N.D. Supreme Court orders ‘reasonable’ bail for white supremacist

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a district court judge to set “reasonable bail with reasonable conditions” for a white supremacist who has been held without bail since his arrest last month for allegedly terrorizing residents of Leith, the small town he planned to turn into a whites-only community.

A bail hearing for Craig Cobb is set for 2:30 p.m. Friday in Bismarck before Judge Cynthia Feland via interactive television.

Judge Thomas Schneider originally ordered Cobb held without bail Nov. 18 in Grant County District Court. Judge Bruce Haskell extended that order during a hearing Monday, at the same time setting cash-only bail at $50,000 for Kynan Dutton, who along with Cobb is charged with seven felony counts of terrorizing for allegedly approaching Leith residents with loaded firearms Nov. 15 and 16.

Cobb asked the Supreme Court last week to intervene, but the high court decided to reserve judgment pending the outcome of Monday’s hearing.

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