Head spinning developments in the so-far ‘non-trial’ of Bunkerville defendants

Caution: Following the Bunkerville standoff trial proceedings can cause whiplash.

Today the federal judge again delayed the start of the trial for Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and self-styled militia member Ryan Payne. This time for a week. She agreed to hold hearings after Cliven Bundy’s attorney asked the charges be dropped because the prosecution had failed to reveal any recordings or notes taken off live surveillance video of the Bundy ranch during the April 2014 standoff. Ryan Bundy raised the question as to whether there was surveillance video several weeks ago.

“If it has potentially useful information, then the defense is entitled to it,” the judge is quoted by Reuters as saying. “I‘m not convinced that it doesn’t exist.”

The federal agents reportedly shredded documents after the standoff ended.

And now, after more than a year and a half in jail, the judge said she would hold a hearing Thursday to determine the four men should be hould be released from jail during the trial. “It’s possible a halfway-house setting could be devised,” the judge is quoted as saying by the AP. Now but not a year and half ago?

The four face felony charges, including conspiracy, assault and threats against federal officers, firearms counts, obstruction and extortion for which a conviction could carry a sentence of 170 year in prison.

So far, in the case — which goes out of the armed protest against the BLM attempted confiscation of Bundy’s cattle for refusing to pay grazing fees — two have been acquitted by a jury, two have pleaded to a misdemeanor and released on time served, one pleaded to conspiracy charge and faces up to six years in prison, another was convicted and sentenced to seven years another was convicted and sentenced to 68 years in prison and still another was convicted and is awaiting sentencing but faces up to 30 years.
 The trial of six more defendants, including two more Bundy sons, Dave and Mel Bundy, is scheduled for 30 days after the current trial ends.

Equal justice or crapshoot?

Outside courthouse (R-J pix)

10 comments on “Head spinning developments in the so-far ‘non-trial’ of Bunkerville defendants

  1. Bruce Feher says:

    When does the trial for Rev. Al Sharpton start again?

  2. deleted says:

    Armed protest? Really? Grew out of attempted confiscation of cattle for not paying grazing fees? Really?

    That’s some serious spinning there boy.

    And maybe the reason these…gentlemen, have not and should not be released from prison is because the reason they were denied bail to begin with is because they deny the jurisdiction and authority of the people holding them in prison. Forgetting entirely that the actions of these….gentlemen, make them a danger to the community, the purpose of bail is to insure the presence of these….gentlemen, in court. Since they both have demonstrated their contempt for the jurisdiction and authority of the government to take any action against them, and have taken up arms in the past to prevent the government from taking any action against them, they have given the government no choice but to keep them locked up.

    And let’s hope it goes on for a very, very, very long time. And tht their attorneys make lots of motions which require lots of continuances and delays.

  3. Bill Shuster says:

    They would stand a better chance of justice on a “crap shoot”

  4. Bill says:

    As I understand it, the immediate question before the court is whether there has been misconduct on the part of the prosecutors in withholding evidence from the Defense. Regrettably, while most prosecutors are honest and ethical,there are far too many who are not. One notable example was Senator Stevens from Alaska. I also understand that there are allegations that notes, memos, etc. were shredded by the BLM that were relevant to this whole incident. If he Federal Government has been withholding or destroying evidence, the charges should be dismissed and those culpable punished. Unless, of course, you dislike such things as “presumption of innocence” and truly like some of the shining examples of “law” such as Star Chambers or The Inquisition.

  5. Rincon says:

    I have to agree, depending on the circumstances and importance of the allegedly withheld evidence. As with Donald Trump though, prosecutors are innocent until proven guilty.

  6. deleted says:

    Heros deserving of your attention Thomas.

    Not men and women denying the vesry existence of the country, not stealing from the government whose existence they deny, just American citizens doing what the First Amendment protects.

    Now facing 60 years in prison for doing it.

    Any comment Thomas?

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42602-as-trial-begins-trump-protest-attendees-face-60-years-in-prison

  7. Steve says:

    The first amendment does not allow people to destroy others property, Patrick.

  8. […] So far in this case two have been acquitted by a jury, two have pleaded to a misdemeanor and released on time served, one pleaded to conspiracy charge and faces up to six years in prison, another was convicted and sentenced to seven years another was convicted and sentenced to 68 years in prison and still another was convicted and is awaiting sentencing but faces up to 30 years. […]

  9. […] the judge in the federal trial of four defendants in the Bunkerville standoff case delayed the trial for a week because the defense accused the prosecution of not providing potential evidence. Now, […]

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