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Anti-Government Militants Acquitted Of Conspiracy In Oregon Wildlife Refuge Seizure!

Friday, October 28, 2016 14:50
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Anti-Government Militants Acquitted Of Conspiracy In Oregon Wildlife Refuge Seizure!

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Written by JayWill7497

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(clockwise from top left) Ryan Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Peter Santilli, Shawna Cox, Ryan Payne and Joseph O’Shaughnessy, limited-government activists who led an armed 41-day takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, are seen in a combination of police jail booking photos released by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Portland, Oregon January 27, 2016. Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

 

A federal court jury delivered a surprise verdict on Thursday acquitting anti-government militant leader Ammon Bundy and six followers of conspiracy charges stemming from their role in the armed takeover of a wildlife center in Oregon earlier this year.

The outcome marked a stinging defeat for federal prosecutors and law enforcement in a trial the defendants sought to turn into a pulpit for airing their opposition to U.S. government control over millions of acres of public lands in the West.

Ranching dispute in Oregon; protesters take over National Wildlife Refuge

Bundy and others, including his brother and co-defendant Ryan Bundy, cast the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a patriotic act of civil disobedience. Prosecutors called it a lawless scheme to seize federal property by force.

Jubilant supporters of the Bundys thronged the courthouse after the verdict, hailing the trial’s outcome as vindication of a political ideology that is profoundly distrustful of federal authority and challenges its legitimacy.

“We’re so grateful to the jurors who weren’t swayed by the nonsense that was going on,” defendant Shawna Cox told reporters. “God said we weren’t guilty. We weren’t guilty of anything.”

As the seven-week-long trial in the U.S. District Court in Portland climaxed, U.S. marshals wrestled to the floor Ammon Bundy’s lawyer, Marcus Mumford, as he argued heatedly with the judge over the terms of his client’s continued detention.

 

The Bundys still face assault, conspiracy and other charges from a separate armed standoff in 2014 at the Nevada ranch of their father, Cliven Bundy, triggered when federal agents seized his cattle for his failure to pay grazing fees for his use of public land.
 

The outcome of the Oregon trial clearly shocked many in the packed courtroom. Attorneys exchanged looks of astonishment with the defendants, then hugged their clients as the not-guilty verdicts were read amid gasps from spectators.

Outside the courthouse, supporters celebrated by shouting “Hallelujah” and reading passages from the U.S. Constitution. One man rode his horse, named Lady Liberty, in front of the courthouse carrying an American flag.

The verdict came after four days of deliberations. One juror, a former federal employee, was dismissed over questions of bias on Wednesday and replaced by a substitute.

The 12-member panel found all seven defendants – six men and a woman – not guilty of the most serious charge, conspiracy to impede federal officers through intimidation, threats or force. That charge alone carried a maximum penalty of six years in prison.

The defendants also were acquitted of illegal possession of firearms in a federal facility and theft of government property, except in the case of Ryan Bundy, for whom jurors were deadlocked on the charge of theft.

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  • Apparently, Jay, the court believes they are dissenting patriots NOT “Anti-Government Militants”. You must be an agent provocateur Jay.

    • Apparently you don’t know jack that you think you know. agent provocateur Bawahahahahahahaahhahah!!!!!

      • Obviously, you’re just an ignorant ass.

  • The mere Title of this article offends me & every damn American with an IQ above room temperature. First of all they are not “Anti-Government” they are “Pro-Constitutional”… “Lawful”…”Government” and “So am I”… Why is it that anyone who has the courage to stand up & appose tyranny called a damn “Militant” ? … Well, maybe we all should be “Militant” if that is what it takes to keep a government honest. What you call a Militant I call a Patriot, one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter. I am proud to be an “Oath Keeper” a Military veteran”and a member of the “Constitutional Sheriff & Police officers Association” and I will stand with those men any time. If that makes me a Militant then I will wear that Badge of courage proudly. They should have never been arrested in the first place & one good man was murdered in cold blood which further justifies why we must stand up right now & with Arms if necessary because this fascist government is out of control…

  • Boo

    Jay, Jay, Jay…what you don’t know about the events surrounding this trial speaks volumes. Walk it back just a little and look into the 20 year history of land grabbing abuses by the BLM precipitating the decision to bring it to the attention of the public in a peaceful protest by these men. I doubt you would be so unsympathetic were you to find yourself in similar circumstances. Truth be told, we are less likely to find ourselves in similar circumstances because of these men and their actions.

  • Lick boots you skiny little runt of intelligence!

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