Another mistrial declared in Bunkerville standoff case

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Today the judge in the latest Bunkerville standoff trial declared yet another mistrial, according to a Gannett news account. The first trial earlier this year ended in a mistrial. She has tentatively set a new trial for February, nearly four years after the standoff between armed protesters and BLM agents attempting impound Cliven Bundy’s cattle for failure to pay grazing fees for two decades.

Bundy and sons Ryan and Ammon, as well as self-styled militia member Ryan Payne, were being tried in federal court in Las Vegas for charges stemming from that April 2014 armed standoff. Charges include obstruction of justice, conspiracy, extortion, assault and impeding federal officers. The agents released the cattle rather than risk a shootout. A third trial, including two other Bundy sons, is scheduled for after this trail ends, if it ever does.

As grounds for the mistrial, Judge Gloria Navarro cited five instances in which prosecutors failed to disclose to the defense certain evidence in a timely manner. This included records about surveillance and snipers at the Bundy Ranch, FBI logs, threat assessments about the Bundys and internal affairs reports about BLM agents. Navarro said that evidence could have been useful to the defense and altered the trial outcome.

The judge has scheduled a hearing for January.

So far, in the 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.

Ammon Bundy outside courthouse earlier in trial. (AP pix)


10 comments on “Another mistrial declared in Bunkerville standoff case

  1. Anonymous says:

    The judge overreacted in just another effort to protect white militant defendants from their conduct. You can be sure that if these guys were members of Black Lives Matter, who had pulled guns on federal officers after violating court orders numerous times, they’d have already been tried, convicted, sentenced, and forgotten about. Along with any “whiny” allegations they made about the system being “unfair”.

    Sure hope this drags out for a long, long, long time and bundies stay in jail.

    And, Thomas, is there any reason you can offer for why conservative AG Sessions, who is such a proponent of civil forfeiture laws when well, blacks are involved, haven’t moved against bundies properties given that they were all clearly acquired through his illegal conduct?

  2. Should’ve just placed a lien.

    All the Bundys except Cliven have been released to GPS monitoring.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Should have kept his cows on his property.

  4. Athos says:

    Anny Moss just can’t get enough of statist government, can he? If I was a commie “useful idiot” I’d stay Anonymous too!

    (Oh wait. I’m hiding behind a “nom du plume” my ownself! But that’s because of fear of these government bureaucrats seeking to get me into group think;)

    Wonder what the headliners will proclaim of this latest Bundy news? How about a banner headline reading ……


  5. Or: Feds get caught trying to rig the evidence.

  6. Vernon Clayson says:

    I’m sure Anonymouscan provide a list of Black Lives Matter members that have been prosecuted and jailed to back up his comment.

  7. Bill says:

    When Government Agents hide or purposely fail to disclose evidence from an accused person, it is the worst form of abuse of our legal system. Bundy was wrong but the BLM was also wrong in making the whole sordid business a wild west showdown.

  8. deleted says:

    So many examples Vernon if you’re truly interested, but here’s one.

    “Cain was arrested a few miles outside of downtown Sacramento in northern California on 10 April, when Officer Anthony Figueroa approached him while he was walking home from work. Cain put his hands up, but continued to walk and asked the police officer why he was being stopped.

    “You were jaywalking,” Figueroa told Cain.

    “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.”

    Figueroa told Cain to stop or he would take him to the ground.

    “So, what, you holding onto your gun?” Cain asked. “You a big man because you got a gun? You going to hold onto your gun.”

    Figueroa then stepped forward and grabbed Cain. The officer slammed him to the ground, straddled him and punched him repeatedly – about 20 blows to the head and face, according to the lawsuit. Soon other officers sped to the scene and helped subdue Cain.

    The encounter was caught on video by several police dash cams and the cellphone of an acquaintance of Cain’s who was passing by. A video inside the patrol car shows a handcuffed Cain kicking the seats repeatedly.”

  9. Vernon Clayson says:

    Deleted, where does it say this individual was associated with Black Lives Matter?? Both the officer and the man, Cain, overreasted, but it doesn’t follow that just being black made him a member of that organization.

  10. Steve says:

    It’s not over….wait for January.

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