In a rambling and rather disjointed lawsuit that reportedly will be filed today, Cliven Bundy claims his constitutional rights are being violated by the judge in his criminal case, Gloria Navarro, as well as Sen. Harry Reid, his son Rory Reid and President Barack Obama.
Bundy and 18 others face charges over the 2014 armed standoff with BLM agents who attempted to confiscate his cattle, which he had been grazing on public land without permits since 1993. He and his co-defendants are jailed without bail on charges that include obstruction of justice, conspiracy, extortion, assault and impeding federal officers.
The suit asks for dismissal of the indictment, $50 million in damages, seeks to have Bundy freed from solitary confinement and alleges violations of his Sixth Amendment right by denying him right of counsel and right to speedy trial; his Eighth Amendment right to not face cruel or unusual punishment since he would be jailed for a year without conviction; his First Amendment right to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances; and his Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Much of the suit is devoted to objections that the judge has refused to allow out of state attorney Larry Klayman to represent Bundy. It accuses the judge of doing the bidding of Reid, who nominated her, and Obama, who appointed her. It even accused of her of racial bias as a Latina.
The facts section of the suit begins with the accusation against Reid:
On or about March 24, 2014 for a period of days leading into April 2016, Defendant HARRY REID’S hand-picked Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Neil Kornze, a longtime REID aide, at the direction of Defendant HARRY REID ordered and sent the equivalent of federal storm-troopers to Plaintiff BUNDY’S ranch to seize his and his family’s land and capture and/or harm his cattle, at the direction of Defendant HARRY REID.
It notes that Reid owns 93 acres of land next to Bundy’s ranch and claims, “He thus coveted his neighbor’s property and chattels.”
It accuses the Reids and Obama of making defamatory statements about Bundy and claims the Reids wanted to acquire the land so it could be sold to a “communist Chinese” company — an apparent reference to rumors about a Chinese solar panel maker seeking build a plant in Clark County.
An Obama joke at a dinner in 2014 about Bundy using the word “negro” is also quoted, though the date is mistakenly listed as 2016.
It also claims:
Following the arrest and indictment of Plaintiff BUNDY, in order to telegraph to and instruct Defendant Navarro his desire not to see Bundy released from solitary confinement in prison, convicted and otherwise bankrupted and otherwise harmed such that Defendants HARRY and RORY REID could obtain and sell the Bundy’s land for their own profit or kickbacks, as both are highly corrupt, Defendant HARRY REID had publicly published in the Las Vegas Review Journal and other media as a means to communicate and instruct Defendant NAVARRO on how to proceed against Defendant BUNDY and to poison any jury pool at trial.
This is followed by a copy of an entire R-J news story in which Sen. Reid accuses 70-year-old Bundy of domestic terrorism. The also quotes Bundy’s attorney Joel Hansen as asking: “Is Harry Reid the judge in this case or is he trying to improperly influence and poison the jury pool so that they will follow his opinion when they get to the jury box?”
A copy of the suit is posted on Klayman’s website.