A federal jury on Thursday found Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five co-defendants not guilty of conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs through intimidation, threat or force during the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The Bundy brothers and occupiers Jeff Banta and David Fry also were found not guilty of having guns in a federal facility. Kenneth Medenbach was found not guilty of stealing government property, and a hung jury was declared on Ryan Bundy’s charge of theft of FBI surveillance cameras.
“More than we could have hoped for,” said one of Ammon Bundy’s lawyers, J. Morgan Philpot.
“Stunning,” said defense lawyer Lisa Ludwig, who was standby counsel for Ryan Bundy.
“I’m just thrilled,” said Neil Wampler’s attorney Lisa Maxfield.
Over at Vox, they are unhappy with this outcome.
The verdict for those armed militants who took over a federal building is white privilege in action
The verdict is completely absurd.
Eight months after the nation watched an armed militia take over a wildlife refuge in Oregon to protest federal land ownership, a jury has come back and said that the militia members are “not guilty.” This includes not guilty of a charge that describes what everyone knows these militants did, considering that they live-streamed themselves doing it: conspiracy to prevent Bureau of Land Management and US Fish and Wildlife employees from doing their jobs at the wildlife refuge.
It’s kind of hilarious how the left suddenly come to the conclusion that occupying federal land, public parks, statehouse lawns and, I dunno, Wall Street, is a terrible crime. I recall period a few years ago when occupying things was just a First Amendment protected statement of support for social justice.