Tuesday, June 20, 2017

OREGON STANDOFF: THE FEDS KEEP TURNING THE SCREWS IN THE CASE FROM LAWYER TO BLOGGER


Jason Patrick, one of those convicted in the rigged process of the second Oregon Standoff trial, was denied pre-sentencing release by US District Judge Anna Brown in Portland last week.

Brown described Patrick as "insolent" among other things in her comments during  a hearing last Friday.   In response, defense lawyer Andrew Kohlmetz said that if Patrick deserved to remain in jail based on Brown's comments, then Marcus Mumford should be in jail, too.

Kohlmetz was referring to  Ammon Bundy's defense attorney in the first Oregon Standoff trial. Marcus Mumford was tackled, tased and arrested right after the seven defendants in that trial were acquitted last fall.

While the federal prosecutors decided to drop charges against Mumford, the chief judge of the US District Court in Oregon, Michael Mosman, launched an effort to disbar Mumford from practicing in federal court in Oregon.

The same federal judge appointed for the criminal case brought and dropped against Mumford, US District Judge John Coughenour of the US District Court in eastern Washington state, will decide on the disbarment of Marcus Mumford.   

Coughenour has ordered that Mumford be provided with a transcript of the first Oregon Standoff trial in order to defend himself.  And yes, we the taxpayers are paying for this consequence of the endless prosecution-persecution of Mr. Mumford.

Meanwhile the current US Attorney in Oregon, the one appointed by the Obama Administration in December 2015, remains in place.   Billy Williams was not asked to resign by the Trump Administration and serves as "Acting US Attorney."

Williams has asked Judge Brown to jail California blogger Gary Hunt until he agrees to remove posts from his "Outpost of Freedom" blog that outed FBI informants in the Oregon Standoff Case.  In his written argument to the judge, Williams said that "Hunt and others who might seek to emulate him need to be deterred".

Williams claims Gary Hunt has published "protected material" but as Hunt has pointed out his ability to out FBI informants was based on redacted federal documents released to the public and interviews with people involved in the protest.

Judge Brown has set an August 23rd date for a hearing.  That's Wednesday August 23rd at 130pm at Federal Court in Portland.  

The first of the defendants convicted in the  second Oregon Standoff trial will be sentenced soon.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

    FREE REPUBLIC DOWN, TRUMP UNDER ATTACK


   (EDITED SLIGHTLY ON MAY 22ND TO REFLECT DEALS ANNOUNCED ON POTUS TRIP)


Is it a coincidence that a website for discussion among Donald Trump's most loyal supporters went down mid-day Monday this week as the latest slew of assaults against the President of the United States were  launched?


Its hard not to draw sinister conclusions about the latest downing of "Free Republic", its longest ever.

An outside attack or something else?

In recent months signs of self-censorship have appeared on the site including the removal of an entire post, comments and all, one day after its posting.

The Peter Hitchens "Mail on Sunday" column was published right after the alleged "poison gas" attack by the Asaad regime in Syria and the military response to it (Tomahawks launched on a Syrian air base).

The column cited foreign influences on the UK government which pushed the "gas attack" notion. The UK is deeply in debt and dependent on money rich Saudi Arabia, a major promoter of the Civil War in Syria.

A Civil War being fought by jihadists of Al-Qaeda, fueled by the Wahabbi Islam ideology that inspired the 9/11 terrorists.   A Saudi fueled fight that led to the establishment of the Islamic State and all its consequences.

The motives of Saudi Arabia and Israel with Syria and Russia being allies of the Iranian arch-enemy of both nations,figured prominently in the comments that were deleted.

Israel and Russia also figured prominently in the assault on President Trump this week, with a news leak saying Mr. Trump shared Israeli intelligence with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a White House meeting last week.

Trump's friendly meeting with the Russians was an event that needed to be discredited and indeed it was.

There will be a lot of smiles and friendly handshakes as the President of the United States visits Saudi Arabia and Israel in the coming days, but both nations have a common anti-Iran agenda.

President Trump has stepped to the plate with the hand of friendship and commitment to alliances with both nations which had their beginnings back in the 1940's.   An economically troubled and deeply in debt United States will benefit from arms deals worth billions involving Saudi Arabia and Saudi investment in American "infrastructure" but one wonders about the strings?????  Is this enough to keep President Trump from being forced into military actions to push forward the war in Syria?

For the Saudis its a religious-security problem, the need to vanquish the main competitor to its Sunni Wahabbi brand of Islam, Iran's Shia Islam.  For Israel, it is the matter of Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Part of their anti-Iran agenda is the removal of Iranian ally Bashar Assad from power in Syria and the neutralizing of Iran's Hezbollah allies in Syria and Lebanon.

Standing in the way of this is Russia....Russia.....Russia.

Russia must be aggressively confronted into backing down in Syria and Donald Trump does not appear to be taking that route.

So we get the assault on Trump and the appointment of a 'special counsel' to investigate matters related to Trump and Russia.   We get talk of Richard Nixon, Watergate, Impeachment and so on.

Any involvement of RINO politicians, much less the Democrats, seems almost coincidental to me.

They look at power for themselves but there are other forces behind them and their witch hunt against President Trump.

It is in the interests of foreign powers, each invested in the military industrial complex.  One (Israel) a producer of defense weaponry assisted by tens of billions of US taxpayer dollars, plus Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies, key buyers of defense weaponry produced in the US and Israel (anti-missile systems to counter Iranian missiles).

Each nation determined to take Iran out in the end and determined to remove any obstacles to that end, the most serious one being Russia.

Is a President Mike Pence more amenable to their agenda?  Based on his previous comments about Russia, I would say yes.

Back on Iran, the State Department did extend sanctions relief to Iran this week.

Its insane, truly insane to realize as Rush Limbaugh said on the airwaves when Obama was pushing through the Iran nuclear deal that Senator Bob Corker (Republican) was enabling it with his Corker Amendment in the interest of Boeing selling 85 aircraft to Iran.

Billions for big business, thousands of "jobs for Americans",   But Iran being helped in the end.

But Boeing is already making out at the other end, selling combat aircraft to Kuwait and Qatar in recent months (72).   Those nations potential Iranian adversaries.

Big Business, Big Banks, Corporatism, Uniparty forces with foreign governments in the mix trying to run the show.

And Donald J. Trump is in their crosshairs.






Friday, May 5, 2017

       MARCH ON NEVADA PRISON FOLLOWING                                 BEATING OF  AMMON BUNDY


           PROTEST ENDS, CAMP CLEAN UP, AMMON BUNDY  MOVED                 


      MARCH AND RALLY HELD OUTSIDE PRISON DUBBED 'GITMO, NV'


                       HARRASSMENT FROM NYE COUNTY SHERIFF'S       

                    DEPARTMENT OF PROTESTORS OUTSIDE PRISON                                                

                      

                               13 HOUR ORDEAL CALLED 'TORTURE'


        BUNDY'S MOTHER, OTHERS SHOWN  LONG VIDEO OF ORDEAL,                         SHERIFF SAID TO HAVE COMPARED PRISON TO WALMART



TUESDAY JUNE 6th


John Lamb presented a video to end the protest showing the cleaned up Camp Liberty and the sign and jail cell left behind at the campsite near the prison.

Lamb went inside the prison to visit some of the prisoners including Cliven Bundy before he left.

Last night Ammon Bundy was moved into a different section of the prison with the prisoners considered "hardened".

The good news of that situation is that he was released from solitary confinement.






THURSDAY JUNE 1st


"I'm on my knees" Ammon Bundy said in a phone call this evening from his solitary confinement cell at the prison.  Bundy needs to take that position to hold the phone through a hole in the cell door.

Tomorrow will mark one month of solitary confinement for Ammon after the handcuffing and beating incident at the prison.

Speaking to Gavin Seim with a message for everyone, Ammon Bundy said:

"The more effective we are with promoting truth and freedom the more opposition we're going to get, it's just a fact and we need to realize that that opposition is a testimony to us that we are doing what is right."

Bundy and Seim had a long discussion about those trying to tear down the protest and fundraising efforts associated with the protest.

Ammon Bundy reminded his audience that the tens of thousands of dollars raised during the protest isn't going to protest organizers like Kelli Stewart or Gavin Seim.

Bundy said:  "I talk to Morgan (Philpot-Defense Attorney) a couple of times a week, my attorney and all every 100 percent of those funds that you have, that the people out there supporters have donated have gone to him and they will be used as sacred funds.  It is going to make  a huge difference in this defense and none of it has gone to Kelli or Gavin or anybody else...."




MONDAY MAY 30th


Protests continued over the Memorial Day weekend outside the prison and in the middle of Pahrump as well.

Some hecklers showed up along with some who apparently misunderstood (or may have been intoxicated) the notion of the United States flag hung upside down as a sign of distress.

Old Glory was raised high on a lift outside the prison yesterday on Memorial Day.

Fundraising efforts were held on behalf of the prisoners in Nevada along with others who have been prosecuted and persecuted by government including Navy vet Joe Robertson, jailed for building a pond on his property in Montana.    There's a case for the new congressman, Greg Gianforte, to "smack down".   But it does seem like politicians and government aren't listening at this point to the little people like Joe.

Activist Gavin Seim was handcuffed in a 3 by 3 cell to raise support for Jeff Weinhaus, jailed on Second Amendment grounds in Missouri.




SATURDAY MAY 27th


John Lamb, one of the protest organizers, announced yesterday that the protest will continue next week instead of breaking off Monday as had been previously planned.

Lamb said the protest has been an encouragement to the prisoners.   The 19 associated with the Bunkerville Standoff have been helped and others in the prison as well by the protestors outside and their willingness to go into the prison and visit with those held there.

At last night's public meeting, activist and organizer Kelli Stewart explained her involvement with the cause of the prisoners that began during the Oregon Standoff protest last year.

John Lamb also spoke at that meeting about federal control of land, the fining and jailing people for building wells and ponds on their own property.  Lamb also discussed the harassment coming from the prison aimed at the protest.  Eleven complaints about the activities of the protesters were all false, he told the audience.

There's been something of an update on what happened to Ryan Bundy after he was released from the solitary confinement.  His wife Angie posted a video saying that Ryan was released into a section of the prison for rougher, tougher inmates.   The guards are harassing Ryan Bundy and the veteran inmates have let the soft spoken Bundy know he's being singled out by the guards.

FRIDAY MAY 26th


A public meeting is being held in Pahrump tonight to talk about abuse at the privately prison there called the Southern Nevada Detention Center, owned by a company that's rebranded from "Corrections Corporation of America" to "Core Civic".

Another rally and march is planned outside the prison tomorrow.

People continue to put themselves into the 3 by 3 shower stall handcuffed like Ammon Bundy was on May 2nd for 13 hours.   They are doing it to raise money for Bundy's legal defense.

THURSDAY MAY 25th


Word late yesterday that Ryan Bundy has been freed from solitary confinement at the Nevada Southern Detention Center.

Ammon Bundy remains in solitary some three weeks plus after he was beaten and tortured in a shower stall for 13 hours back on May 2nd.

The protests will continue outside the prison.

MONDAY MAY 22nd


Activists Kelli Stewart and John Lamb have stepped up to fundraise on behalf of Ammon Bundy's legal defense fund at the protest in Nevada.

Last night they were handcuffed in a 3x3 cell that resembles the shower stall Ammon Bundy was tortured in earlier this month.

Kelli set a record enduring 10 hours of what Ammon Bundy endured for 13 hours and word from Gavin Seim is that 11,500 dollars was raised because of their live video marathon yesterday.


SUNDAY MAY 21st



A march and rally followed by a cookout came down yesterday outside the prison, dubbed "Gitmo, NV" on a sign posted nearby.

Flags were held high including some flags hung upside down as a sign of distress in recognition of the abuse taking place at the prison.

For starters look at the two months plus of solitary confinement for the "political prisoners" like Ammon and Ryan Bundy when other prisoners only get five days for stabbing other inmates with makeshift weapons.

Then go onto the notion of 17 of  the 19 'political prisoners', the men arrested over the Bunkerville   Standoff near Bundy Ranch in April 2014, not having been tried or convicted of any crime and yet still behind bars.

American citizens being treated just like the foreign nationals held without trial at Gitmo in Cuba suspected of terrorism.

Are Americans who defend private property rights considered terrorists by the federal government?

FRIDAY MAY 19th


The Stars and Stripes were hoisted high by a lift near the Nevada Southern Detention Center yesterday upside down.  Not in disrespect, but in a sign of distress.  

Activist John Lamb posted a video online reminding viewers that the politicians have failed to respond to continued detention of more than a dozen men without due process like a 'speedy trial' and the abuse of some of those prisoners.

A false complaint was lodged by the prison of a bus being "slapped" by the protestors as it went into the prison leading to a visit from the Nye County Sheriff's Department.

Daily "Jericho Marches" continue at 2:30 pm outside the prison.

Gavin Seim posted a video about the rally planned tomorrow to let the local community and others who show up know the who, what, why etc. of the situation at the prison.

A cookout is planned in conjunction with the rally.

"Camp Liberty" has a mailing address....Camp Liberty (care of John Lamb), 1776 E. Mesquite Ave., Pahrump, NV 89060.   You can sent your support to that address.

20-thousand some dollars have been raised for the Ammon Bundy Defense Fund in conjunction with the protest so far.

THURSDAY MAY 18th


In a video posted late yesterday, activist Gavin Seim laid out the scene of the protest, zooming in on the prison and pointing out the new campsite for the protesters, who moved after the sheriff's department told them a private land owner didn't want them there.

But the protesters have found land owners around the prison who support them and at a planned rally and protest this Saturday, they hope to spread the message about torture at the prison and the injustice of holding people for years without their guilt or innocence being proven in trials.

Seim pointed out in his video that the border of the prison has been extended without any knowledge of who owns the land.    He also notes that armed police and prison guards are approaching the protestors who are acting peacefully and have been asked to show up without any firearms.

One question that seems like a good one to ask is are the federal authorities in on this situation at all offering advice or support to the aggressive tactics against the peaceful protesters?


WEDNESDAY MAY 17th


Jeanette Finicum joined the protest march around the prison yesterday, bringing along with her the horse rode by her husband who was killed in the FBI ambush in Oregon last year during the Oregon Standoff protest..

Among those joining her in the "Jericho March" around the prison was Shawna Cox, acquitted by a federal jury in connection with that protest along with the other 'leaders'.

Gina Harden of "Liberty Grows" posted videos from the protest yesterday mentioning that there are 19 Bunkerville Standoff prisoners being held at the Nevada Southern Detention Center.  Prisoners held for over a year and being denied speedy trials.

Meanwhile, two men convicted in the recently concluded first Bunkerville Standoff trial will not be tried again.

Shawna Cox said yesterday that Greg Burleson and Todd Engel will not face trial again.  Maxine Bernstein of "Oregon Live" reported that federal prosecutors indicated the cost of a second trial was a factor.

Of course the federal government got what they wanted by obtaining convictions in the first place.

A new "Camp Liberty" campsite has been established on land owned by someone who supports the protest.


MONDAY 15th PM-TUESDAY MAY 16th AM


The Nye County Sheriff's Department arrived at the Camp Liberty protest site given its address of 1776 Mesquite Ave.  early Monday afternoon.     A black shirted Undersheriff told protestors that a private property owner near the prison did not want the protest on their land.

They could protest on the public 'right of way' along with highway but the  protest needed to be "permitted"  according to the sheiff's department.

This move comes as the widow of LaVoy Finicum, Jeanette Finicum, is expected at the protest today (Tuesday) as well as activist Gavin Seim, much hated and feared by federal authorities and provocateurs who may be acting as informants for them.

Activist Kelli Stewart has spoken to lawyers and to the same Undersheriff who appeared at the campsite Monday.

He spoke of receiving over 100 'death threats' but Kelli Stewart emphasized that she wan't putting them out and asked anyone attending the protest to come unarmed.  Stewart noted that when sheriff-s deputies approach the protest they hold onto their weapons.  Stewart told the Undersheriff she felt threatened by that behavior, noting that she figured if she reached for her chap stick she would be gunned down.

Kelli Stewart expressed her view that the local authorities are acting to protect the privately owned prison which is important to the local economy, where prisoners like Ammon Bundy and others have been abused.

Ammon and Ryan Bundy remain in solitary confinement at the Nevada Southern Detention Center some two weeks after the beating and torture of Ammon Bundy at the prison.


FRIDAY MAY 12th-SATURDAY MAY 13th

The Nye County Sheriff has actually looked at the May 2nd video of the torture of Ammon Bundy and conducted an 'investigation'.

On Thursday May 11th she met some family members and showed them the lengthy video of his mistreatment.

Ammon's mother Carol Bundy was said to have been so disturbed by the video she left the room.

Sister-in-law Angie Bundy says "Ammon was treated worse than an animal" in a Facebook posting.

The Nye County Sheriff claimed that  Ammon Bundy is being treated that way becuase he refuses to comply with constant body cavity searches conducted at the prison in the name of preventing drugs from getting in.   She told family members the 'investigation is closed', determining there was no wrongdoing by the prison.

Ammon Bundy supporter John Lamb says that Sheriff Sharon Wehrly compared the privately owned prison to  Walmart and said she has no say over its policies.

An outraged activist Gavin Seim said the low paid guards at the prison are the smugglers of any drugs into the privately owned.prison.

"The guards in our prisons are so low that they want, they want men to stand around and do a striptease for them so that they can feel powerful and they do it in the name of safety and our nation tolerates it in the name of safety. " Gavin Seim shared with his viewers in a video posted Friday.

Ammon Bundy has consistently refused to take his clothes off constantly for the searches and manipulate his body for the searches, always reminding the guards he has not been convicted of any crime, yet remains locked up in the prison.  Bundy told the guards they would have to take off his clothes and conduct the search themselves and that he would not resist them.

Right now Ammon and Ryan Bundy remain in solitary confinement as they have been for more than a week this time around.

Dozens of people are participating  gathering daily at a location called "Camp Liberty" across from the prison and doing a "Jericho March" around the prison.  People take turns being handcuffed and put into a mock 3 x 3 stall like Ammon Bundy was on May 2nd.

THURSDAY MAY 11th

Eric Parker called out from the prison yesterday to tell the outside world about the 'investigation' being conducted by the prison owner and the refusal of the political prisoners (those associated with the April 2014 Bunkerville Standoff) to participate in it without their own lawyers and the Nye County Sheriff being present.

WEDNESDAY MAY 10th Update:

Kelli Stewart posted a Facebook video last evening laying out plans for continuous protest over the mistreatment of prisoners at the Nevada Southern Detention Center.

Stewart said the scope of the protest is beyond the mistreatment of Ammon Bundy.

But she reminded viewers about Bundy's mistreatment, saying that additional 3 by 3 cells will be built and displayed with people in them during the protest to remind people about what happened.

Kelli Stewart also laid out how a prisoner can spent 7 days in solitary for stabbing another prisoner, but that Ammon and Ryan Bundy spent some 40 days 'in the hole' because they objected to body cavity searches.

She pointed out Ammoin Bundy's objection to removing his clothes and manipulating his body to comply with the cavity searches as an innocent man, not convicted, yet held in a jail without bail in a place Stewart calls a "concentration camp" and "hostage center".

Some special protest events are planned for next Tuesday May 16th and the following Saturday May 20th.

On the 16th the widow of LaVoy Finicum, Jeanette Fincium will appear.   LaVoy;s horse will be saddled up and ride around the prison.

One other matter was brought up by Kelli Stewart.   Kelli is urging everyone to show up without any firearms for the protest to emphasize the message that there is no violent or threatening intent from the protest..

MONDAY MAY 8th Update:

The protests continued from late in the last week into the new week outside the Southern Nevada Detention Center in Pahrump.

Protestors were talking a mile long trek around the prison, a "Walls of Jericho" march accompanied by patriotic music including the National Anthem.

They caused a big stir at the prison in terms of defensive and angry reactions from a lockdown which was lifted for the weekend and a call to the Nye County Sheriff claiming trespassing on prison property.

The prisoners inside know what's going on outside and it is a lift to their spirits.

Prisoners like Jerry Delemus and Cliven Bundy, among numerous others, received visitors from among the protestors over the weekend.

A "Camp Liberty" has been set up near the prison to house those protesting.

Those who can't protest are being asked to help financially including support for Ammon Bundy's legal defense fund.


More Updates to follow........

Monday, May 1, 2017

MANUFACTURED VERDICTS IN NEVADA FROM THE                                KANGAROO COURT?

                                

    ONLY 10 CONVICTIONS ON 60 CHARGES WITH NO CONVICTION ON            CHARGES JUDGE SAID WERE NEEDED TO CONVICT ON THE REST



(Special Update:  Wednesday May 3rd AM:  Acting US Attorney Stephen Myhre has decided to retry the six men with four of them facing all the counts against them for a second time.    The two convicted defendants,  Greg Burleson and Todd Engel will be tried on the counts they were not convicted of in the first trial.  

The decision to retry the defendants comes under the auspices of the US Justice Department and the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Judge Gloria Navarro had set a June 26th retrial date  for the six.)  


In the end only two of the six defendants in the first Bunkerville Standoff trial were found guilty.   Each faced ten charges with Greg Burleson convicted of eight and Todd Engel of two.

U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial on the rest of the charges where the jury was unable to reach a verdict, then scheduled a new trial on those charges for June 26th.

But according to observers of the trial, Navarro had told the jurors they could not convict on the last eight charges against each defendant without convicting them of the first two conspiracy charges.


''THEY HAVE TO FIND THERE IS A CONSPIRACY FIRST BECAUSE IF THEY FIND THERE IS NOT A CONSPIRACY, IF THEY CANNOT UNANIMOUSLY AGREE AND I BELIEVE THE FIRST COUNT OF CONSPIRACY HAS SIX DIFFERENT ELEMENTS AND THE SECOND ONLY HAS TWO AND IF THEY CANNOT FIND UNANIMOUSLY THAT THEY AGREE ON ANY OF THOSE COUNTS THEN THERE IS NO CONSPIRACY AND THEREFORE NOBODY CAN BE GUILTY OF ANYTHING"


ANDREA PARKER  ON JUDGE NAVARRO'S INSTRUCTIONS TO JURY APRIL 20th, 2017 VIDEO REPORT


The two defendants found guilty were not convicted on those first two charges.

So how could Judge Navarro "accept" the verdicts from the jury.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

                BLOGGER GARY HUNT ARRESTED 


Gary Hunt was arrested in northern California today.  Hunt's "Outpost of Freedom" blog published posts outing informants in the Oregon Standoff case.   The federal government has been trying to get him to take down the posts.   Hunt did not appear in court in Portland for a contempt hearing after being given an order to take his posts down.

Hunt said on his blog that he does not recognize the authority of a court in Oregon since he posts from California.

The end game for James Comey's FBI and the Acting US Attorney in Oregon appointed by the Obama Administration, Billy Williams (NOT REMOVED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION)  is to compel Gary Hunt to remove his blog posts.

Hunt made his posts based on redacted government documents and interviews with people involved in the Oregon Standoff.  From that he uncovered who the informants were.in the case.

Gary Hunt noted in blog posts earlier this year that the federal government raised no objections when informants like Mark McConnell, Terri Linnell and Fabio Minoggio were revealed in the first Oregon Standoff trial.   So why should they care about his revelations of informants.

The violation of Constitutional Rights is all over Oregon from matters related to land and due process and here the First Amendment's freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

No word yet on when Hunt will be brought to the courtroom in Oregon to face the judge for the contempt hearing.

Friday, March 24, 2017

THE KANGAROO COURT OF SOUTHERN NEVADA




As Judge Gloria Navarro continues to run roughshod over a rigged trial for the first six men acccused in the April 2014 2014 standoff near Bundy Ranch, we are reminded of the Oregon Standoff trial last fall and the spirited defense of Marcus Mumford.


A defense that convinced a jury to acquit all seven defendants with federal marshals tackling, tasing and arresting Mumford in the courtroom right after the verdicts were announced.

This led the judge in that case, Anna J. Brown, to meet with jurors and find out why they acquitted.

The way she and the federal prosecutors ran the second trial, tacking on misdemeanor charges, rejecting numerous defense witnesses, the judge making herself the jury on the misdemeanor charges all pointed us in the direction the first Bunkerville Standoff trial would take in Nevada.

Its been quite a show with defense lawyers being constantly told to shut up and defendant Todd Engel now being told  he cannot defend himself in the case.  Instead a standby lawyer who's fallen asleep in court and doesn't know the case is supposed to defend him.

On Wednesday, word came out that defendant Gregory Burleson was an FBI informant.  His defense lawyer's Thursday questioning of an FBI agent focused on how Burleson was plied with alcohol before  an interview.   Terrence Jackson asked if Burleson was being 'fed drinks' with the FBI reply being 'we offered'.

Jackson also brought up Burleson's diabetic condition with the FBI saying they were aware of it.  Much attention was focused on Burleson's health a few  weeks back when he required medical treatment for apparent dehydration in the courtroom.   He's reportedly going blind.

The defense lawyers for the other defendants are deeply troubled by the revelation that Burleson was an FBI informant and are making agruments to the judge to no avail.   Burleson was in on the defense strategy of the other defendants along with his lawyer.

As activist Gavin Seim noted in a video post the other day, this seems to beg for a mistrial but no such move is coming from Judge Gloria Navarro.

One other interesting development is that the lead prosecutor at this trial,  Steven  Myhre is now the Acting U.S. Attorney in Las Vegas.   The  U.S. Attorney appointed by former President Obama resigned at the request of the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

This reminds us all of the need for the Trump Administration to act in the interests of justice in both the Oregon and Nevada standoff cases.

For starters, how about freedom for the ranchers jailed as terrorists for setting some grass on fire in Oregon-Dwight and Steven Hammond.   The reason Ammon Bundy led a peaceful protest in Oregon marred by government violence that took the life of LaVoy Finicum, who sought freedom for the Hammonds.

Monday, March 6, 2017

               Second Oregon Standoff Trial Updates


                                          The Misdemeanor Verdicts


                Eleven Charges Spread Over Four Defendants With Nine "Guilty" Verdicts


                                             Wednesday March 22nd AM


U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown came down with mostly guilty verdicts for the four defendants who were already convicted by a jury of felony charges in the Oregon Standoff protest last year.

Jason Patrick found guilty of  three charges: trespass, tampering with government vehicles and equipment, destruction of government property.

Duane Ehmer found  guilty of trespass, tampering with government vehicles and equipment, not guilty of removal of government and private property.

Darryl Thorn found guilty of trespass and one count of tamperng with vehicles and equipment, not guilty of another count of tampering with vehicles and equipment.

Jake Ryan found guilty of trespass and tampering with vehicles and equipment.

Defense lawyer Andrew Kohlmetz described the misdemeanor charges as 'throw away charges' in cast the others didn't stick."


                     Judge To Announce Misdemeanor Verdicts On Tuesday


                                                Saturday March 18th AM


U.S. District Judge Anna Brown will announce the misdemeanor verdicts in the second Oregon Standoff trial on Tuesday.

A 3:30 pm hearing is set in court for Brown to announce the verdicts after she asked the defendants if they wanted to hear the verdicts in person instead of her issuing them in writing.

This word comes from tweets by "Oregon Live" reporter Maxine Bernstein.

Brown will also discuss ''release conditions" for Jason Patrick, one of the four convicted in the second trial.



                      Federal Judge Drops Charges Against Marcus Mumford


                                                 Thursday March 16th AM


Its now official.  A federal judge has dropped the charges against Ammon Bundy's lawyer, Marcus Mumford.

U.S. District Judge John Coughenour from the western district of Washington state, who was brought in to handle the case in Portland, issued a three sentence order yesterday.

The charges are 'dismissed without prejudice' meaning the federal government could bring them back later.

Mumford was tackled, tased, arrested and charged last October 27th at the end of the first Oregon Standoff trial.   The assault on Mumford came moments after Bundy and six other defendants were acquitted of all charges.

Mumford wanted the paperwork from the federal government to confirm their detainer on Ammon Bundy for Nevada charges over the Bunkerville Standoff in 2014.  Instead of producing the paperwork, they attacked Mumford.

EDITORIAL NOTE:  I POSTED THIS STORY ON FREE REPUBLIC TODAY.  I WAS ALLOWED BACK ON FR AFTER 'SPIRIDON' POSTED ANOTHER STORY TUESDAY NOTING I WAS SUSPENDED FROM POSTING ON FR LAST SATURDAY WHEN I POSTED THE SECOND STANDOFF TRIAL VERDICTS AT 'FRONT PAGE NEWS' AND WAS ACCUSED OF ABUSING THE SIDEBAR WHERE NEWS IS LISTED AS FRONT PAGE.

THERE WERE CRITICAL COMMENTS FROM 'humblegunner' WHEN THE FIRST NEWS OF THE VERDICTS WAS PUBLISHED LAST FRIDAY EVENING.   ANOTHER POSTER "Jack Black" APPEARED TO BE COMMUNICATING WITH HIM AND MYSELF.

THERE'S FOLKS OUT THERE THAT DON'T LIKE THIS STORY BEING MENTIONED OR TALKED ABOUT.    GAVIN SEIM AND THE ACTIVISTS WHO HAVE SHOWN UP AT THE TRIALS IN OREGON AND NEVADA HAVE BEEN ATTACKED.   EVEN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA REPORTER FROM 'OREGONLIVE' , MAXINE BERNSTEIN, HAD HER TWITTER ACCOUNT HACKED ON MONDAY.

ARE THEY GOVERNMENT OPERATORS, POLITICAL OPERATORS, ROGUES FROM THE GOVERNMENT-LAW ENFORCEMENT RANKS.  WHO KNOWS.  BUT KEEP TALKING ABOUT THESE CASES IN OREGON AND ESPECIALLY NEVADA AS THE FIRST TRIAL CONTINUES WITH TWO MORE TRIALS SCHEDULED LATER IN THE YEAR.


Federal Prosecutors Want Charges Dropped For Ammon Bundy's Lawyer In                                                               First Trial


                                                  Monday March 13th PM


At the end of the first Oregon Standoff trial last fall Marcus Mumford, who was Ammon Bundy's lawyer, was tackled, tased and arrested by federal marshals as he argued before U.S. District Judge Anna Brown about Bundy's status after his acquittal.

Federal charges were filed against Mumford with trial set for next month.

Now federal prosecutors from Washington state called into the case have asked a Washington state federal judge to drop the charges against Mumford.   They are asking for the charges to be dropped 'without prejudice'.  That means they could be refiled in the future.

Michael Levine, Mumford's defense lawyer, told "Oregon Live" he didn't know what prompted the federal government's decision.  He's waiting for the judge to finalize matters saying "It's not over until it's over."

       Blogger Gary Hunt and Defendant Duane Ehmer Post New Messages     


                                                 Monday March 13th AM


There have been new posts from both blogger Gary Hunt and Duane Ehmer regarding the blog posts on FBI informants at the Oregon Standoff protest.

Last night Ehmer corrected a statement he made in a February 5th Facebook post regarding Hunt "'working with our lawyers" in the second trial.

Ehmer said in his online post last night which is republished in full in Hunt's latest post at "Outpost of Freedom" blog this morning, said:  "Gary hunt writing did help expose informants but he had no direct contact with anyone from the defense team.  I have never found direct contact with anyone from the defense team".....I was wrong on Feb. 5 and am sorry for the grief I have caused him".

Hunt himself says the Oregon federal court has zero jurisdiction over what he has posted on his blog and so he felt no obligation to show up for a hearing there last Friday.

Hunt said his showing up there would have made him subject to arrest.

Some quotes from his post this morning:

"This tribulation began when the U.S. Department of Justice 'Demand' that I Cease and Desist publishing a series of articles exposing informants, both inside and outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the occupation by those seeking a 'Redress of Grievances' (First Amendment).  The Letter also wanted me to return information that I had obtained without any illegal act on my part.  And, in a somewhat ridiculous (impossible) Demand, that remove the articles from my website 'and any other website'.

However, I have no more control over 'any other website' than the Justice Department has over me."....

I can understand that the US Shysters, seeing this is adversarial, want to 'find dirt', to justify the exclusion of fact that don't suit their objective.  Heck, we have seen that through the last two Malheur trials--every effort to exclude that which might dispute, or interfere with, their desire for a conviction, or in my case, to be incarcerate for 'contempt of court'.

The FBI, however, is not a private tool of the US Shysters.  It is supposed to be part of a functional government, whose purpose is to serve its creator, the People.  When those powers become so misdirected, as they have in this instance, we can easily see that the government has decided to serve itself, not the People--that, in fact, we have become subject to a police state, every bit the same as the old  U.S.S.R., East Germany, and Hitler's Third Reich."

We'll see what the federal government does next to suppress Mr Hunt's online activities.....





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                      More Details On The Split Verdicts For All Defendants


                    Arrest Warrant Sought For Blogger Who Outed Informants

                           

                                                   Saturday March 11th AM


While the jury found two of the defendants, Jason Patrick and Darryl Thorn guilty of a "conspiracy" charge, the other two defendants, Jake Ryan and  Duane Ehmer were acquitted.

But Ryan and Ehmer were found guilty of depredation of government property for using an excavator at the refuge.

Thorn found guilty of possessing a firearm on federal property, Patrick and Ryan acquitted of the same charge.

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown will be coming down with her written verdicts on misdemeanor charges against the four defendants probably next week.

All guilty verdicts could end up being appealed to the one and only Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the next higher court.

So watch out for further developments.

Also the US Attorney for Oregon, Billy Williams, who supervised the prosecution-persecution of the Oregon Standoff protesters was not one of the 93 US Attorneys asked to resign yesterday by the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In a video posted yesterday activist Gavin Seim, supporter of the Oregon Standoff protest said "this malicious prosecution against these final four was brought by the Donald Trump Administration, not the Obama Administration".

Meanwhile, Judge Anna Brown has taken under advisement a request from federal prosecutors for an arrest warrant for blogger Gary Hunt.

Hunt posted a number of stories about FBI informants at the Oregon Standoff protest drawing the ire of federal prosecutors who claim he was interfering with their case.

Hunt did not appear yesterday at a show cause hearing for an injunction against his blog posts regarding informants.

In recent posts at his "Outpost of Freedom" blog, Hunt said that Brown's court in Oregon does not have jurisdiction over his blog posts from his northern California home.

Split Verdicts Come Down Friday,  Blogger Hunt Does Not Appear At Hearing

                                                   Friday March 10th PM


Jason Patrick and Darryl Thorn found guilty,  Jake Ryan and Duane Ehmer  not guilty.

Meanwhile,  blogger Gary Hunt was not in court in Portland this afternoon when a hearing was held on the federal government's attempts to shut down his blog posts exposing FBI informants in the Oregon Standoff case.

                                         Deliberations Continue Friday

                                                       Friday March 10th AM


The jury considering the felony part of the charges against four men in the second Oregon Standoff trial  is resuming its deliberations at  8:30 am Portland time.

This will be the third day of deliberations.

One of the defense attorneys, Jesse Merrithew, tweeted yesterday: "I'm betting on a hung jury at this point".

Developments related to the trial should be posted on the Twitter feed of "OregonLive-Portland Oregonian" reporter Maxine Bernstein.


                                                Put That In Writing

                                              Thursday March 9th AM


The story from the second Oregon Standoff trial Wednesday was the story of getting details into writing.

The jury deliberating the felony charges wanted a transcript of the trial for their use.   

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown "demanded" as activist John Lamb phrased it in a video that the federal prosecutors come up with written evidence to prove the misdemeanor charges against the four defendants.

She conducted her 'bench trial' of the four men yesterday.

And Judge Brown says she will issue a written decision on the charges next week.

                              Two Tracks and "Fear" At The Trial

                                                 Wednesday March 8th AM

The second Oregon Standoff trial will take two tracks today with the jury deliberating the felony  charges against the four defendants while U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown conducts a bench trial on misdemeanor charges against the four defendants.   She will decide the innocence or guilt of the four in what is seen as a rigged process to 'get' the defendants.

It will be interesting to see if any guilty verdicts are appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and what that famous-infamous court will have to say.

A employee at the wildlife refuge testified as a rebuttal witness for the prosecution yesterday speaking of 'fear' because of the protest.

Perhaps the real fear in the courtroom is with the defense lawyers, who are said to be conducting a timid case by supporters of the defendants.   They aren't Marcus Mumford, who led a spirited defense in the first trial representing Ammon Bundy.

But Mumford's tackling, tazing and arrest by federal marshals in the courtroom right after the acquittal may have had an intimidating effect on the defense lawyers in the second case.

                                                Tuesday March 7th AM



                 A slew of witnesses testified Monday as the defense began to wrap up its case.

                  B.J. Soper of the Pacific Patriots Network testified about his recollections of the December 29th meeting cited by prosecution witness Blaine Cooper as the beginning of a conspiracy to protest at the Malheur National Wildlife refuge.    Soper and the Pacific Patriots Network regularly denounced the protest even as they claimed to be trying to help.

                  But in the testimony, Soper said the notion of a 'takeover' of the refuge was presented without any plans being discussed among those at the 10-15 minute meeting.
                 
                   Blaine Cooper's father,  Stanley Hicks Sr., disputed testimony his son had given on behalf of the prosecution.    Hicks said his son is "prone to lie when it serves his purpose".

                   Jeff Banta, acquitted in the first trial. testified about the military training given by FBI informant Fabio Minoggio.  Banta said on the stand that Minoggio "was basically kind of seeing how we reacted under pressure".

                    The defense expected to rest its case today with prosecution rebuttal witnesses, then the final arguments.

                     What will happen after that is that the jury decides the felony charges while U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown has reserved to herself the verdicts on misdemeanor charges that have been tacked onto these four defendants.

                      Brown met with the jurors in the first trial afterwards in an apparent attempt to find out for herself and pass onto the federal prosecutors the reasoning as to why the jurors didn't convict the seven defendants on the felony charges.

                      She and the prosecutors appear to be rigging this trial so they get the defendants on  some charges.

                       


                    (More to Come)