- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State officials have closed their investigation into 10 human rights complaints that white supremacist Craig Cobb filed during his failed attempt to take over the small town of Leith.

North Dakota’s Department of Labor and Human Rights has rejected all of the complaints, including one Cobb filed against Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who’s now running for governor. The agency found seven of the complaints had no merit and dismissed the others either because the agency had no jurisdiction or Cobb didn’t cooperate.

State Labor Commissioner Troy Seibel said it was unusual for one person to file so many complaints but that his agency treated them like it would any others.

“The total number of hours spent by our office looking into these complaints is in the hundreds,” he said.

Cobb said Wednesday he didn’t expect any of the complaints to be resolved in his favor because of his unpopular views and called the process “a comedy.”



“It’s a lesson in how corrupt the system is,” he said.

The Labor Department finished looking into the complaints in December, more than two years after Cobb filed his first complaint in the fall of 2013. He tried unsuccessfully that year to turn Leith into an all-white enclave. He’s now living in Sherwood, serving four years of probation for menacing and terrorizing Leith residents.

Cobb alleged discrimination because of his white supremacy views in complaints against the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Grant Count State’s Attorney’s Office, the city of Leith, a human service center in New Leipzig, a paving company that once employed him, Custer Public Health in Mandan, the state Transportation Department, the Southwestern Water District, the University of North Dakota and Stenehejm.

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