The prosecution seems to think that the Inspector General’s Office is not accurate in their reporting, and it’ documents cannot be trusted. The report is accurate enough to fire Dan Love from the Bureau of Land Management. It is accurate enough for our elected officials. It is accurate enough for Washington DC bureaucrats. Yet it is not accurate to the Federal prosecutors?

Redoubt News Staff

The Bunkerville Standoff Trial-Of-The-Century began with a bang this weekend, even before jury selection got underway Monday morning.

A motion filed on behalf of defendant Ryan Payne this weekend addressed the prosecution’s requested extension to respond to Payne’s sealed motion.

Specifically, Ryan Payne filed a motion to dismiss the case based on a report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and it’s attachments. The court had ordered the prosecution to turn over the report’s attachments to the defense. There are hundreds of pages of attachments to the report, which concerns SAC Dan Love, the incident commander of the 2014 cattle gathering operation.

Payne included the attachments in his motion. The motion is less than 30 pages by itself. The government was due to respond to this motion, yet complained that they did not have the time to go through a thousand page motion. This was a blatant exaggeration, as the attachments are the same documents they were already familiar with and were forced to share with the defense.

Yet, the prosecution continued to whine about their workload and requested a 60-dayextension to respond. The court granted them an extension until December 11th, roughly 5 weeks.

Payne’s lawyers responded this past weekend with some interesting points.

From motion # 2792, filed 10/27/17:

Even during this week’s hearing, for example, the government’s counsel referred to the allegations as “innuendo,” and suggested that the conclusions reached by the OIG reports were incorrect. The attachments show that the evidence of the incident commander’s misconduct is serious, extensive, well-documented by credible sources, and (most importantly for purposes of this case) relevant to the 2014 cattle gathering operation that he planned and ran.

The prosecution seems to think that the Inspector General’s Office is not accurate in their reporting, and its documents cannot be trusted. The report is accurate enough to fire Dan Love from the Bureau of Land Management. It is accurate enough for our elected officials. It is accurate enough for Washington DC bureaucrats. Yet it is not accurate to the Federal prosecutors?

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