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Scientology Crime Syndicate

27 Sep 2000

Read this story and think about how Bob Minton was assaulted by a hate-filled cultist driven into an insane frenzy of murderous violence by Scientology brainwashing. The cultist, Joe Neal, assaulted and attempted to strangle Bob Minton outside the cult's Clearwater property, thus creating potentially huge civil liability for the cult.

The Scientology crime cult should consider these matters seriously when stoking the fires of hate in clearly unstable individuals like Joe Neal, Dennis Clarke, Peter Ramsay and other potentially violent lunatics.

The Associated Press

HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho -- 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 wanted to avoid the spectacle of sheriff's vans showing up to seize the property, said Richard Cohen, a lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala.

Butler also agreed to no longer use the name Aryan Nations. He will deed the property to Victoria and Jason Keenan, who won the jury award after they were attacked outside the sect's compound in 1998.

"The Keenans will be able to do with the property what they want," Cohen said Friday.

Edgar Steele, who represented Butler during the trial, said the deal will go through only if a judge refuses to grant a new trial.

The 20-acre property containing the neo-Nazi sect's church, barracks buildings and Butler's home were scheduled for seizure next Friday. Under the agreement reached Thursday, Butler will remain on the property until Oct. 25, one week after the expected ruling on a request for a new trial.

The Hitler-loving Aryan Nations moved to a ranch in the area in the 1970s and declared it was creating a white homeland.

Butler moved to northern Idaho from California in 1973. He began holding an annual event called the Aryan Nations Congress in 1981, attracting racist and anti-government groups from across the country.

This month, a Kootenai County jury found Butler, a co-defendant, and the Aryan Nations negligent in hiring and training the security guards who shot at and assaulted the Keenans.

The Southern Poverty Law Center represented the mother and son, who were awarded $330,000 in compensatory damages and $6 million in punitive damages.

Copyright 2000 Bergen Record Corp.

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