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[…]
For more than three years the Cliven Bundy case has been in the eyes of all Nevadans and has extended to the nation’s capital due to the political maneuvering of Nevada octogenarian master ruler, also known as former U.S. Senator Harry Reid. Reid is an American Politician that has used his thirty-six years of political power as a tool to enrich himself, his family and close circle of friends and followers who swear loyalty to[…]
Recently the 17 members of the Congressional Western Caucus — which includes Nevada’s Rep. Mark Amodei — took Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke up on his request for feedback on what to do about all the national monuments created in the past two decades, sending him a letter with specific recommendations about 27 of those monuments. These recommendations called for vastly scaling back the size of two monuments created by President Obama in his last year in office at the urging of[…]
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[…]
Voir dire begins this week in the retrial of four defendants in the 2014 Bundy ranch standoff — or as a friend of mine always notes, voir dire is French for jury tampering. In April, in the first of three scheduled trials for the Bunkerville defendants — charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, extortion, assault and impeding federal officers — ended in a mistrial. The jury found only two of six people on trial guilty of some[…]