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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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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When Marcus Mumford earned his ‘silver bracelets’

Was he confrontational? Did he attack someone in the courtroom? No, and no. Mumford’s ‘crime’ was to exercise his God-given right to speak in a public courtroom in behalf of the rights of his defendants who were, moments earlier, found not guilty in the course of due process. Apparently Federal District Judge, Anna J. Brown, who presides over the case, has not […]

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Citing bias, Oregon Standoff defendant seeks new judge for case

In a trial last fall, jurors found standoff leader Ammon Bundy and six others not guilty of felony charges. Prosecutors decided despite losing to press ahead with a February trial for the seven remaining defendants. They changed their strategy by adding misdemeanor charges such as trespassing to the mix. Steven DuBois Las Vegas Review-Journal PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon man […]

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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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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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“Very biased” former BLM employee on Oregon standoff jury gets called out

“CAN A JUROR, A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, WHO OPENS THEIR REMARKS IN DELIBERATIONS BY STATING,”I AM VERY BIASED…” BE CONSIDERED AN IMPARTIAL JUDGE IN THIS CASE?” One juror questions impartiality of another juror during deliberations in Oregon standoff case The judge and lawyers involved in the Oregon standoff trial were thrown a curve ball Tuesday […]

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