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Stenehjem requests that Cobb complaint against him be dismissed

BISMARCK – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has asked the Department of Labor to dismiss a complaint made by white supremacist Craig Cobb.

Cobb filed a complaint after Stenehjem said in a November radio interview that people like “Cobb and his supporters are not the kind of people wanted in North Dakota.”

Cobb, who has bought property in the small town of Leith with the intention of creating a white supremacist haven, alleged that he suffered unwelcome harassment on the basis of his religion and that Stenehjem’s comment was discrimination in a public service.

Stenehjem has asked for the complaint to be dismissed, stating that he has the right under the First Amendment to express his views and his expression does not constitute a denial of Cobb’s access to public services.

Cobb was scheduled to appear in court Monday on felony terrorizing charges, but the preliminary hearing has been rescheduled to Jan. 13 because Cobb needs an attorney. Three court-appointed attorneys have asked to withdraw from Cobb’s case.

Cobb and his supporter, Kynan Dutton, are being held without bond on the terrorizing charges for allegedly approaching residents with loaded firearms last month.

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