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    Judge Dismisses Federal Case Against Cliven Bundy And Sons, Bars Retrial

    Less than one month after U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the case against Cliven Bundy, his two sons, and a self-styled militiaman, Navarro has dismissed the charges entirely. The decision Monday puts an end to the federal case against the four men for their role in the 2014 armed standoff over cattle-grazing rights in Nevada.
    Navarro found that the prosecution had committed "flagrant misconduct" by withholding evidence that could have supported the defendants' case. Namely, Navarro explained that federal prosecutors had failed to disclose information from cameras recording video from the standoff and the presence of federal snipers around the Bundy Ranch.
    Navarro ruled that as a result, the men, who had been slapped with felony conspiracy and firearms charges, could not receive a fair trial. She dismissed the charges "with prejudice," which specifically bars the possibility of bringing a new trial against them.
    "The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated," Navarro said Monday, according to The Los Angeles Times.

    From left: Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and Ryan Payne.


    Multnomah County Sheriff's Office via AP


    The courtroom drama comes more than three years after a tense confrontation unfolded in a different venue — the Nevada desert.
    Cliven Bundy has refused to recognize the government's control over U.S. public lands since the 1990s, racking up roughly $1 million in unpaid grazing lease fees and fines. In April 2014, federal agents demanded Bundy remove his cattle from those public lands — only to be met with a group of Bundy's armed followers, including his sons Ammon and Ryan and a man named Ryan Payne.
    A weekslong standoff ensued, ending only when the federal government backed down — though the men were arrested nearly two years later.
    As the Two-Way reported last month, the attempts to prosecute the Bundys have met with multiple failures:
    "Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with several other codefendants, were acquitted last year on similar — but separate — charges for their role in the 2016 armed occupation of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. While two of their fellow occupiers were later convicted on federal conspiracy charges, the brothers Bundy had successfully argued that they were simply exercising their First and Second Amendment rights during that 41-day standoff.
    "They remained on the hook for charges related to the 2014 Nevada standoff — though prosecutors there experienced several starts and stops of their own even before [a mistrial was declared]."




    THE TWO-WAY

    Judge Declares Mistrial In Conspiracy Case Against Bundys




    Of the six other men who faced a trial for their role in the 2014 confrontation, only two were convicted of some charges — and none of them was convicted of conspiracy.
    Monday's ruling proved the coup de grace, capping the series of legal stumbles and inspiring concerns from officials in the region. Specifically, many current and retired federal land managers worry the failure to prosecute Bundy could jeopardize the safety of federal field workers in the West.
    For the Bundys, however, the moment marked a significant victory. They left the courthouse after the ruling bearing smiles and vows to continue fighting what they see as federal overreach.
    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...s-bars-retrial


    Moral of the story is government shouldn’t cheat individuals that are accused of crimes. There is no chance at a retrial for the Bundy family. This is great news
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    Quote Originally Posted by aboutenough View Post
    Less than one month after U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the case against Cliven Bundy, his two sons, and a self-styled militiaman, Navarro has dismissed the charges entirely. The decision Monday puts an end to the federal case against the four men for their role in the 2014 armed standoff over cattle-grazing rights in Nevada.
    Navarro found that the prosecution had committed "flagrant misconduct" by withholding evidence that could have supported the defendants' case. Namely, Navarro explained that federal prosecutors had failed to disclose information from cameras recording video from the standoff and the presence of federal snipers around the Bundy Ranch.
    Navarro ruled that as a result, the men, who had been slapped with felony conspiracy and firearms charges, could not receive a fair trial. She dismissed the charges "with prejudice," which specifically bars the possibility of bringing a new trial against them.
    "The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated," Navarro said Monday, according to The Los Angeles Times.

    From left: Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and Ryan Payne.


    Multnomah County Sheriff's Office via AP


    The courtroom drama comes more than three years after a tense confrontation unfolded in a different venue — the Nevada desert.
    Cliven Bundy has refused to recognize the government's control over U.S. public lands since the 1990s, racking up roughly $1 million in unpaid grazing lease fees and fines. In April 2014, federal agents demanded Bundy remove his cattle from those public lands — only to be met with a group of Bundy's armed followers, including his sons Ammon and Ryan and a man named Ryan Payne.
    A weekslong standoff ensued, ending only when the federal government backed down — though the men were arrested nearly two years later.
    As the Two-Way reported last month, the attempts to prosecute the Bundys have met with multiple failures:
    "Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with several other codefendants, were acquitted last year on similar — but separate — charges for their role in the 2016 armed occupation of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. While two of their fellow occupiers were later convicted on federal conspiracy charges, the brothers Bundy had successfully argued that they were simply exercising their First and Second Amendment rights during that 41-day standoff.
    "They remained on the hook for charges related to the 2014 Nevada standoff — though prosecutors there experienced several starts and stops of their own even before [a mistrial was declared]."




    THE TWO-WAY

    Judge Declares Mistrial In Conspiracy Case Against Bundys




    Of the six other men who faced a trial for their role in the 2014 confrontation, only two were convicted of some charges — and none of them was convicted of conspiracy.
    Monday's ruling proved the coup de grace, capping the series of legal stumbles and inspiring concerns from officials in the region. Specifically, many current and retired federal land managers worry the failure to prosecute Bundy could jeopardize the safety of federal field workers in the West.
    For the Bundys, however, the moment marked a significant victory. They left the courthouse after the ruling bearing smiles and vows to continue fighting what they see as federal overreach.
    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...s-bars-retrial


    Moral of the story is government shouldn’t cheat individuals that are accused of crimes. There is no chance at a retrial for the Bundy family. This is great news
    I don't know that this is "great news", sir. These men put a lot of people's lives at risk, and this result will encourage others to imitate them.

    That said they have apparently discovered some of the most incompetent prosecutors in the DOJ, and none of them should keep their jobs. This misconduct is just disgraceful.

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    And how many thought they would spend their lives in jail...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    I don't know that this is "great news", sir. These men put a lot of people's lives at risk, and this result will encourage others to imitate them.

    That said they have apparently discovered some of the most incompetent prosecutors in the DOJ, and none of them should keep their jobs. This misconduct is just disgraceful.
    The misconduct of the government is what is disgraceful. They weren’t revealing all the evidence that was preventing the Bundy’s from defending their case. Blame the government not the Bundys

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    Seems lately it's the feds that needs investigating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    Seems lately it's the feds that needs investigating.
    I think this shows the Feds have been after Bundy for a long time and would go to any measure to get him convicted. Kind of backfired and made the feds look like fools
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    The FBI withheld evidence. Good to see that Mueller and Comey had such an effect on the agency they both directed.



    Navarro said Monday it was clear the FBI was involved in the prosecution and it was not a coincidence that most of the evidence that was held back – which would have worked in Bundy’s favor – came from the FBI, AZCentral reported.
    Charges against rancher Cliven Bundy, three others are dismissed | Fox News
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    Good for the Bundy men and their families.

    What will be the penalty for those with knowledge of the withholding of information?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aboutenough View Post
    Less than one month after U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the case against Cliven Bundy, his two sons, and a self-styled militiaman, Navarro has dismissed the charges entirely. The decision Monday puts an end to the federal case against the four men for their role in the 2014 armed standoff over cattle-grazing rights in Nevada.
    Navarro found that the prosecution had committed "flagrant misconduct" by withholding evidence that could have supported the defendants' case. Namely, Navarro explained that federal prosecutors had failed to disclose information from cameras recording video from the standoff and the presence of federal snipers around the Bundy Ranch.
    Navarro ruled that as a result, the men, who had been slapped with felony conspiracy and firearms charges, could not receive a fair trial. She dismissed the charges "with prejudice," which specifically bars the possibility of bringing a new trial against them.
    "The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated," Navarro said Monday, according to The Los Angeles Times.

    From left: Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and Ryan Payne.


    Multnomah County Sheriff's Office via AP


    The courtroom drama comes more than three years after a tense confrontation unfolded in a different venue — the Nevada desert.
    Cliven Bundy has refused to recognize the government's control over U.S. public lands since the 1990s, racking up roughly $1 million in unpaid grazing lease fees and fines. In April 2014, federal agents demanded Bundy remove his cattle from those public lands — only to be met with a group of Bundy's armed followers, including his sons Ammon and Ryan and a man named Ryan Payne.
    A weekslong standoff ensued, ending only when the federal government backed down — though the men were arrested nearly two years later.
    As the Two-Way reported last month, the attempts to prosecute the Bundys have met with multiple failures:
    "Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with several other codefendants, were acquitted last year on similar — but separate — charges for their role in the 2016 armed occupation of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. While two of their fellow occupiers were later convicted on federal conspiracy charges, the brothers Bundy had successfully argued that they were simply exercising their First and Second Amendment rights during that 41-day standoff.
    "They remained on the hook for charges related to the 2014 Nevada standoff — though prosecutors there experienced several starts and stops of their own even before [a mistrial was declared]."




    THE TWO-WAY

    Judge Declares Mistrial In Conspiracy Case Against Bundys




    Of the six other men who faced a trial for their role in the 2014 confrontation, only two were convicted of some charges — and none of them was convicted of conspiracy.
    Monday's ruling proved the coup de grace, capping the series of legal stumbles and inspiring concerns from officials in the region. Specifically, many current and retired federal land managers worry the failure to prosecute Bundy could jeopardize the safety of federal field workers in the West.
    For the Bundys, however, the moment marked a significant victory. They left the courthouse after the ruling bearing smiles and vows to continue fighting what they see as federal overreach.
    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...s-bars-retrial


    Moral of the story is government shouldn’t cheat individuals that are accused of crimes. There is no chance at a retrial for the Bundy family. This is great news
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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    Seems lately it's the feds that needs investigating.
    It's almost as if some folks think that since they work for the government they are above the law. For the ignorant fools out there who didn't know this, this is what rule of law means: ALL are subject to it, even feds.

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