Bundy Ranch jury ‘hopelessly deadlocked,’ Navarro declares mistrial

“The bottom line is a hung jury is not the end of the world,” Las Vegas lawyer Shawn Perez said Monday after the jury announced its first impasse. “But it’s (more time) in prison for my client.” Robert Anglen The Arizona Republic Judge Declares Mistrial in Bundy Ranch Case LAS VEGAS — A federal judge declared a mistrial Monday against […]

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Cliven Bundy’s right to speedy trial violated by federal judge, says lawyer

“It is the United States’ obligation to provide innocent citizens accused of crimes a speedy trial,” Whipple wrote. “As such, the United States cannot extend time before trial due to alleged logistical problems it itself is creating.” Whipple requested a trial date of no later than June 5. Jenny Wilson Las Vegas Review-Journal A lawyer representing Cliven Bundy has accused […]

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Does Judge Navarro ‘drama’ portend surprise jury decision in Bundy trial?

Judge Navarro was concerned enough that the jury was considering all of the possible implications that, at one point, she threw her arms wide, then bringing them slowly back together. She said that they need to guide the jurors back down to a more narrow point of view as they could be looking at sentencing implications, and other extremes. Shari […]

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SCOTUS partly to blame for America’s ‘Rural vs Urban’ resentment

Thus the concept that was established in the US Constitution for representation of the people in Congress, held true for the states as well until the 1960s. It was obliterated at the state level by these court decisions, leaving our rural regions and cultures at the mercy of urban politicians. Commentary by Bill Goode Loss of Representation for Rural America Most […]

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Bundy Ranch Trial: The Navarro-Reid Kangaroo Court

Judge Gloria Navarro told one defendant he had only three rights in her courtroom: to plead guilty, to testify on his own behalf, and to appeal his conviction, according to Lamb.  Meanwhile, witnesses for the prosecution – most of them government agents – could remain in the courtroom before their own testimony.  Defense witnesses were told to leave.  By Leesa K. Donner […]

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PLF fights Forest Service closure of thousands of miles of California roads and trails

At issue is the unlawful way that the Service, seven years ago, implemented its 2005 Travel Management Rule.  That rule called for formal designation of the trails and roads available for motorized use in national forests.  The Service excluded thousands of roads and trails in Plumas National Forest that had been used by the public for generations. Feds illegally imposed […]

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Defense witnesses bring perspective to Bunkerville standoff trial

Some of the defendants were photographed on the highway bridge above the cattle impoundment site. Defense witness Shannon Bushman, another protester, was shown a picture of defendant Scott Drexler, who was kneeling and holding a long gun. Bushman was asked whether Drexler looked ready for war. “If he does he’s really bad at it … he’s got a hat and […]

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Harry Reid’s pet judge violates civil rights of Bundy Ranch defendants

 Most of the prosecution’s witnesses (federal agents) were allowed to be in the court room before they took the stand, but potential witnesses for the defense have been restricted from hearing the trial before taking the stand. The prosecution witnesses have spoken of their fear, and were even allowed to cry on the stand, but the defense witnesses were told […]

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‘Equal Access to Justice Act’ is an open door to environmentalist tyranny

“…over a decade, eight environmental groups filed more than 3,300 cases in federal district courts across the country. In the last two years of the Bush Administration, seven groups filed 253 lawsuits; in the first two years of the Obama Administration, those groups filed 525 lawsuits…It is not only the sum; also outrageous is the hourly rate granted to environmental […]

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Oregon Standoff: Feds arrest blogger who revealed identities of FBI infiltrators

The presence of nine informants on the eastern Oregon refuge during the 41-day occupation last winter as well as six other informants who worked on the case for the FBI was revealed during testimony during the first trial of occupation leaders. Maxine Bernstein OregonLive California man who refused to remove blog posts outing FBI informants arrested Federal authorities have arrested […]

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