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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Feds convict 4 Oregon Standoff protesters on minor charges, sentencing in May

Prosecutors conceded in their legal brief that the vehicles and equipment had no government markings, but argued strong circumstantial evidence showed the defendants knew they belonged to the refuge. But even so, Barrow argued, the government didn’t need to show the defendants knew the vehicles belonged to the Fish & Wildlife Service because ownership isn’t an element of the tampering […]

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Feds try to crucify second round of Oregon Standoff defendants on minor charges

Defense lawyer Jesse Merrithew, representing Ryan, said the general trespass provision in federal regulations governing national wildlife refuges is unclear. It states: “No person shall trespass, including but not limited to entering, occupying, using, or being upon, any national wildlife refuge, except as specifically authorized in this subchapter C or in other applicable Federal regulations.” Maxine Bernstein OregonLive Lawyers vigorously challenge misdemeanor […]

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Local witnesses testify of kindness, good manners of Oregon Standoff defendants

“They took very good care of my place. I trusted them completely,” she said. During cross, Overton acknowledged that Patrick left her a $100 tip at the truck stop one night. She also said the men paid her electric bill and bought her a new set of pots and pans. Maxine Bernstein Oregon Live Refuge visitors, character witnesses testify for […]

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Malice at Malheur: FBI informants authorized to coax protesters, engage in criminal conduct

While federal prosecutors made more deliberate attempts to draw connections for jurors between the evidence and the conspiracy charge, much of the day was spent talking about the government’s use of confidential informants, who were at the refuge during the 41-day long occupation. FBI Special Agent Ronnie Walker, the agent assigned to assist prosecutors with their case, testified the government […]

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LaVoy Finicum: Killed by government agents while defending property rights, human dignity

If the federal authorities had been serious about desiring a peaceful resolution to this conflict, they could have coordinated with Sheriff Palmer to arrest Finicum, if just cause existed for an arrest [they knew Finicum’s destination]. Instead they chose to shoot him numerous times and refuse him medical attention from Virginia Sharp, a trained EMT and his friend, as he […]

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Obama backs off Owyhee designation, could Oregon Standoff be why?

Despite the fact that mainstream media and left-wing environmentalist launched a smear campaign against the ranchers and their supporters, the Administration and its political allies, worried about the repercussions of the Oregon Standoff. WikiLeaks published an email exchange between Mike Matz of PEW Environmental and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief, John Podesta, indicating just that. Matz mentioned the Malheur ‘occupation’ twice in his email […]

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Ammon Bundy’s attorney dogged by federal prosecutors following October acquittals

Moments after the stunning Oct. 27 acquittal of Bundy and his co-defendants, Mumford argued that Bundy should be immediately released to walk freely out of the courtroom. Half a dozen U.S. Marshals quickly closed in as Judge Anna J. Brown explained that Bundy was still under a custody hold over his pending charges in Nevada, related to the 2014 standoff […]

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Feds try to silence blogger reporting about Oregon standoff informants

Hunt said the agent asked where he got the documents, wanted him to remove his blog posts and hand over the reports he had. Hunt, who wasn’t charged in the occupation, said the government doesn’t have the authority to control his work because the court’s protective order doesn’t apply to him. The order restricted defendants in the case and their […]

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Imprisoned Oregon ranchers left out of Obama clemency binge

Two weeks ago, Susie Hammond read about the 78 people pardoned by President Barack Obama and the 153 sentences he commuted, a record number of clemency acts granted by a U.S. president in a single day.  “Well, that’s really neat that he did that, but he missed a few,” she said. “I kept hoping he would have some compassion. But […]

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