A federal jury is set to begin hearing opening statements Tuesday in the trial of four defendants in the Bunkerville standoff. There are six women and six men on the jury and there are four alternates, three men and a woman. The judge said the trial is expected to take four months. A number of potential jurors were dismissed because they could not take four months out of their lives to devote to the trial.[…]
Equal justice under the law? Monday, October 30, Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy and sons Ryan and Ammon, as well as self-styled militia member Ryan Payne, go on trial in federal court in Las Vegas for charges stemming from the April 2014 armed standoff with BLM agents attempting to confiscate Bundy’s cattle for failure to pay grazing fees on public land. Charges include obstruction of justice, conspiracy, extortion, assault and impeding federal officers. They have been[…]
Justice as a crap shoot? After a year and half in jail facing life in prison, after two trials with dismissal of some charges and hung juries on others, while facing a third trial along with well known defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff, two Idaho men decided to not roll the dice again but accept a plea bargain to a misdemeanor charge on Monday. Eric Parker and Scott Drexler — originally accused of conspiracy,[…]
When Bureau of Land Management agents and their hired cowboys showed up at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in April 2014 to confiscate his cattle — for which he had refused to pay grazing fees for decades — hundreds of people showed up to exercise their First Amendment right to protest. Some also exercised their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
After having the defense stripped of the ability to argue about constitutional rights or to even mention possible excess force on the part of federal agents, the jurors in the Bunkerville standoff retrial still voted 11-1 Tuesday to acquit on all counts, defense attorneys told the morning newspaper after questioning those jurors. Two defendants acquitted on all charges were freed immediately after a year and half in jail, but prosecutors are to decide today[…]
Speedy trial? The prosecutors broke the 17 defendants in the Bunkerville standoff into three groups. Six would be tried in April and the others — including 71-year-old rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons — would be tried shortly thereafter. But in April the jurors convicted only two of the six of any charges. Jurors told defense lawyers after the trial they never came close to convicting four defendants, voting 10-2 in favor of acquitting[…]
The retrial of four defendants in the 2014 Bundy case judge trying to prevent jury nullification! at the Bundy ranch got underway this past week in Las Vegas, and this time the prosecution and the judge seem determined to avoid another mistrial due to a hung jury by eviscerating defense arguments. Federal Judge Gloria Navarro granted a prosecution motion to bar presentation of evidence “supporting jury nullification.” In April, the first of three scheduled trials for the 17 Bunkerville defendants[…]