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Mike Nowatzki, Forum News Service, Published December 27 2013

Judge orders Cobb’s bail at $1 million

BISMARCK - A judge Friday set bail for white supremacist Craig Cobb at $1 million, to be paid in cash only.

Cobb, who bought up property in the small town of Leith with the intention of creating a haven for white supremacists, is charged with seven felony counts of terrorizing for allegedly approaching Leith residents with loaded firearms Nov. 15 and 16.

He has been held without bail since his arrest, but the North Dakota Supreme Court this week ordered a “reasonable bail” be set.

Cobb fled to the United States after being charged Dec. 31, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the willful promotion of hatred. Authorities have said Cobb can’t be extradited back to Canada because there is no similar U.S. law for the offense.

South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland, referring to the Canadian charge, said “it is of significant concern to the court that you actually fled another country to avoid prosecution.”

At the end of hearing, Feland asked Cobb if he had any questions. Cobb replied: “Where do I pay the million dollars now?”

State’s Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Byers recommended the $1 million bail.

Cobb’s attorney, Ryan Heintz, requested bail be set at $50,000, similar to bail set earlier this week for Kynan Dutton, who faces similar charges to Cobb for the same incident.

Both men, while charged in Grant County, are being held in the Mercer County jail in Stanton.