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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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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Nevada defendants want jurors to see ranch where BLM forced standoff

Parker contended in the motion that visiting the scene will help jurors understand the scope of the rural area.  In particular, he urged the court to allow the jurors to walk the Toquop Wash, where federal agents eventually released Bundy’s impounded cattle.  NEVADA STANDOFF Defendants request jurors visit Bundy ranch Defendants in the trial for the 2014 armed standoff at […]

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Bundys acquitted in Oregon, face Nevada trial

Defense attorney Jesse Merrithew told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday that the larger jury pool is needed because the acquittals of seven other defendants will make it harder to seat an impartial jury. PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan, are back in federal custody in Nevada ahead of a February trial on charges […]

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What to do about growing conflicts over range lands in the West: Part 1

In January 2016, an armed militia group seized control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. Their goal: to protest federal control over western rangelands. It’s the latest episode in a long history of conflicts over the use of federal lands in the West. Introduction For a few short weeks during the spring of 2014, the intricacies of […]

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