Sunday, November 19, 2017

OREGON STANDOFF:  BUNDY LAWYER TACKLED, TASED ARRESTED, NOW FIGHTING DISBARMENT


It was dramatic enough in the courtroom in Portland when all seven defendants accused of being the 'leaders' of the Oregon Standoff protest were found not guilty on October 27, 2016.

But there was more to come as Ammon Bundy's lawyer, Marcus Mumford, argued for Bundy to be released.  The federal government countered about a "retainer" on him for the charges in Nevada but couldn't produce any document stating that when asked by Mumford.   

They claimed it was "in the office" or something to that effect.

A group of federal marshals descended on Mumford, tackling, tasing him and taking him into custody.

Criminal charges were filed against Mumford, but later dropped.

Now the senior federal judge in Oregon wants Mumford disbarred from practice in Oregon's federal courts.

(MORE TO COME)


Friday, November 17, 2017

BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF: "MR. PHILPOT, DO YOU WANT ME TO DECLARE A MISTRIAL RIGHT NOW", JUDGE NAVARRO CRACKS DOWN ON THIRD TRIAL


Ammon Bundy's defense attorney Morgan Philpot was questioning Bureau of Land Management official Mary Jo Rugwell in cross examination Thursday afternoon when he wanted to bring up new information the defense has obtained about an FBI 'threat assessment".

The bureau began to prepare for a confrontation around Bundy Ranch with a forward operations base and deployment of SWAT but then decided the Bundy's posed no threat.

The prosecution objected quickly saying the "threat assessment" was information too sensitive to discuss in court.

Mr. Philpot stressed the importance of bringing up the threat assessment to Judge Navarro, but then she became angry and made her comment as quoted by trial observer John Lamb: 

"Mr. Philpot do you want me to declare a mistrial right now.   This is not called for."


The prosecution and defense then approached the bench for a private sidebar, so the jury couldn't hear.

Reporter Maxine Bernstein of "Oregon Live" was not in Las Vegas but she had a re tweet from someone who was there saying that Judge Navarro wants all objections discussed in private at a sidebar rather than spoken out loud in the courtroom.

Judge Navarro made that ruling after the jury had left the courtroom at the end of Thursday's trial session according to John Lamb in his video posted on the "JGrady" account on You Tube.

It appears that the Judge Navarro who wants to restrict the defense has again appeared for this third trial.

But John Lamb in his videos indicates that evidence of the Bureau of Land Management's aggressiveness and the conduct of the lead BLM agent, Dan Love, has reached the jury.

Thursday's court session ran six hours from 12:30 to 6:30pm.

Judge Navarro told the prosecution and defense lawyers she did not want to have a 6:30pm ending again, but wanted to end every day at 4:30pm.

John Lamb in his late Thursday video said the trial will continue Monday and Tuesday in the coming week and possibly on Wednesday.

(UPDATED THRU SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18TH)


OREGON STANDOFF: OBAMA US ATTORNEY WHO PROSECUTED PROTESTERS KEPT PERMANENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP


Billy J. Williams, the Acting US Attorney in Oregon  named by the Obama Administration (Attorney General Loretta Lynch) in 2015, is now President Trump's nominee for that post.

In a statement, the White House said that Williams and the other three US Attorney nominees in other parts of the country shared Trump's vision for "Making America Safe Again".

Williams prosecuted the protesters involved in the Oregon Standoff including the seven "leaders" found not guilty in October of 2016 and then prosecuted other protesters adding misdemeanor charges onto felonies and using a jury consultant.   His efforts along with US District Judge Anna J. Brown's restrictions on the defense's ability to present evidence and her bench trial on the misdemeanors all worked together to get convictions of the lesser people involved in the protest.

The two Democrats who represent Oregon in the US Senate, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley urged President Trump to nominate Williams to the post.

Williams was also endorsed by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association that backed the FBI led law enforcement efforts that became deadly and aggressive during the non violent Oregon Standoff protest.

(LaVoy Finicum was killed and Ryan Bundy injured in the January 26, 2016 "traffic stop" on US Route 395 in Harney County, Oregon and on February 10, 2016 FBI armored vehicles assaulted the parking lot of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge where the last four unarmed protesters were camping)

They sheriff's organization took a stand when one sheriff known as a "Constitutional Sheriff", Glenn Palmer of Grant County, urged a negotiated settlement of the protest including the release of  jailed ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond.    Ammon Bundy started the protest when the Hammond's were forced back into federal prison to serve mandatory five year terrorism sentences for lighting a backfire to protest their property.

(UPDATED THROUGH SATURDAY DECEMBER 18TH)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

OREGON STANDOFF UPDATE: DUANE EHMER SENTENCED AFTER RIGGED TRIAL CONVICTION


When the first Oregon Standoff trial of leaders of the early 2016 protest ended with not guilty verdicts for all seven defendants plus the tackling, tasing and arrest of Ammon Bundy's defense attorney Marcus Mumford, the jury was then taken to a meeting with US District Judge Anna J. Brown.

Judge Brown questioned the jury as to their reasoning behind the not guilty verdicts.

This was the beginning of a rigged process for the trial of the second group of defendants.

The federal prosecutors tacked misdemeanor charges onto the felony ones, with Judge Brown holding a bench trial on those charges instead of a jury one.

During the second trial, Judge Brown limited defense witnesses and arguments in ways she didn't in the first trial.

One of those who ended up being convicted in that trial, Duane Ehmer of Irrigon, Oregon, was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison.   Before passing sentence, Judge Brown rejected a push by the prosecutor to increase the sentence under a "terrorism enhancement"

Ehmer has agreed to pay 10,000 dollars in restitution for digging the trench on January 27, 2016.  His purpose was defensive with fear of an imminent FBI assault after the violent "felony traffic stop" the day before that killed LaVoy Finicum and injured Ryan Bundy.

Ehmer is supposed to report to prison on January 24th.  His lawyer said he intends to appeal.


BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF:  PROSECUTION HID INFORMATION ON CAMERAS AND SNIPERS, JUDGE NAVARRO BANS VERBAL OBJECTIONS IN TRIAL


"Based upon the government's motion this morning, the court's subsequent ruling, and the content of the government's opening statements (discussed in detail below)--it is apparent that the legal grounds for mistrial exist, and the remedy is essential to protect Mr. Ammon Bundy (and the other co-defendants) and their due process and other legal rights......"


A second motion to dismiss charges filed by Ammon Bundy's attorneys November 14, 2017




At last week's evidence hearing Acting US Attorney Steven Myrhe, who is the lead prosecutor in the Bunkerville Standoff case, insisted there was little information to provide on any surveillance cameras or armed law enforcement around Bundy Ranch in the days leading up to the April 12, 2014 standoff.


But after hearing the arguments, US District Judge Gloria M. Navarro did order the prosecution to provide detailed information to the defense by Noon on Sautrday.


The defense lawyers for Ammon Bundy filed a second dismissal motion on Tuesday after declining to make an opening statement and after the Monday evidence hearing that went into a closed session with the public ushered out.


In the motion, attorneys Morgan Philpot and Dan Hill lay out the new previously unknown information revealed to them including a log file kept with four days of video surveillance conducted by the FBI (April 5 to 8, 2014).


They reveal that the FBI had established a "Forward Operating Base" a short distance from the Bundy Home and that FBI SWAT operated from there and other locations around the Bundy home.


This came at a time Cliven Bundy put out word about being surrounded,and a video was posted of the beating and arrest of Dave Bundy by federal law enforcement. This led supporters to arrive by the hundreds at Bundy Ranch.

Here's more from their second dismissal motion:

"But what the government didn't address in it opening was the pre-arrest buildup of law enforcement.   Specifically, the government argued that after the "arrest of Dave Bundy" the "message changed" and the social media messages escalated to "they have got my boys" and they have "snipers" pointing at us.  But, as the Court knows, the "sniper" message has some factual context just disclosed to the defense.   Namely that fully armed BLM officers with AR-15 assault rifles and FBI SWAT with "snipers" had set up a Forward Operating Base less than two miles from the Bundy Ranch home--several days before the Dave Bundy arrest.   Thus, the new information provided and the "review" the government admitted it needs to do, concerns the defense's ability to use this newly disclosed factual basis-to address in opening, the evidence previewed by the government.

Further, the government stated that the social media messaging put out by "the Bundy" that "now they have our house surrounded" came after the Dave Bundy arrest, and that it was "false" but the prosecution didn't disclose until the last few days, that it came while an army of 20+ FBI agents had pre-planned and begun to establish the FOB Malcom a short distance from the Bundy Ranch home, beginning April 5 (before the Dave Bundy arrest).  This is significant because "all" of the actions of the defendants, according to the Superseding Indictment,  were undertaken and performed with the intent and purpose of "threatening intimidating and extorting" federal officers........."


Second motion to dismiss from Ammon Bundy's attorneys November 14, 2017

  



Bureau of Land Management official Mary Jo Rugwell was set to be on the stand as the trial continued on Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas.

BUT JUDGE NAVARRO MADE SOME NEWS DURING THE HALF DAY COURT SESSION BY DECIDING THAT NO VERBAL OBJECTIONS WILL BE ALLOWED DURING THE TRIAL, THEY WILL BE HANDLED AT SIDEBAR WITH PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN HER AND ATTORNEYS.

Judge Navarro will allow Ryan Bundy to visit Bunkerville with other defense lawyers this weekend.
Ryan Bundy is released on house arrest and is moving from a halfway house to a cousin's home in Las Vegas.

(MORE TO COME)

BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF: WHY AMMON BUNDY'S LAWYER DECLINED OPENING STATEMENT, REVELATIONS OF SNIPERS AT CLOSED EVIDENCE HEARING, TRIAL CONTINUES IN THE AFTERNOON


Late in the night, "Oregon Live" reporter Maxine Bernstein posted information on her Twitter feed showing the reasoning behind Ammon Bundy's lawyer, Morgan Philpot, declining to make an opening statement based on what happened during Monday's evidence hearing.



The closed evidence hearing when the public was ushered out on Monday involved discussion of what was revealed by the prosecution in the case last weekend under a deadline imposed by US District Judge Gloria Navarro.



"During the the last nine days, from November 3 to November 12, the defense has learned that in support of one wireless camera and the related surveillance, SAC Love employed, dispatched and inserted multiple BLM and NPS officers who were heavily armed with AR-style assault rifles and who used armored vehicles all around the Bundy Ranch home from April 5 thru April 8, 2014.   At the same time the FBI was deploying and utilizing multiple "snipers" in the area and keeping administrative logs of this information while the surveillance camera's live video feed was being transmitted to SAC Love's Incident Command trailer (as well as to two previously undisclosed locations; an FBI Tactical Operations Center ("TOC") and a field office Emergency Operations Center ("EOC")......"


"...Just yesterday prosecutors admitted that the log files exists, and producing it to the defense has revealed that it alone contains multiple, previously undisclosed facts related to the live video feed and observations made by previously undisclosed personnel while watching that feed.   Are these log entries material and helpful to the defense?  In several entries information confirms the existence of FBI snipers stationed at the FOB on Gold Butte Road, the dates and times of these snipers being 'inserted' at specific locations; and other entries that purportedly describe conduct and incidents from April 5 thru 8, 2014 of Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Harold Bundy, Cliven Bundy and several other previously undisclosed 'surveillants'."


Shades of Ruby Ridge at Bundy Ranch?



This afternoon at 12:30 Las Vegas time, Mary Jo Bagwell of the Bureau of Land Management will continue her testimony.  She is the first government witness in the third Bunkerville Standoff trial.


Today is  the last day of the trial this week.    The trial will resume on Monday.

Ryan Bundy stunned the courtroom with his powerful opening argument yesterday.  He is representing himself.

"Ryan Payne is my hero" he said speaking of his fellow defendant in the trial.   Payne and others came to help the Bundy's when video of the beating of Dave Bundy by federal authorities went viral on the internet.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF: RYAN BUNDY  TELLS JURY 'WE NEED YOU TO SEE THROUGH THEIR LIES' IN OPENING ARGUMENTS



"The most amazing part is after he was done the entire audience the judge, the prosecutors, nobody said a word for two to three minutes.  We were just  so stunned and amazed.   You could have heard a pencil drop."


Bret Whipple-Cliven Bundy's attorney describes Ryan Bundy's opening arguments in video with John Lamb on "JGrady" You Tube account 11/15/2017


Ryan Bundy spoke in his own defense at the third Bunkerville Standoff trial projecting an image of his family on the screen as he presented his opening arguments to the jury.


He said the federal government's Bureau of Land Management was trying to manage his father off the land and his purpose was not to impede the government but "to protect our rights, our life, our liberty, our property".

Any impeding, threatening or extorting came from the government, not the protesters who were herded into pig pens (the "First Amendment area") during the days leading up to the April 12, 2014 standoff at a wash along Interstate 15 in northern Clark County, Nevada.

Ryan Bundy was emotional at times as he argued and the jurors passed candies to each other.   The candy being provided in part to help keep them awake.  One juror was nudged awake yesterday.

Any statement he'd do "whatever it takes" was not a threat, but a commitment to stand for his rights and freedom.

Trial observer John Lamb noted that there were some tears in the courtroom as well as Ryan Bundy's emotions in his opening arguments.

Ryan Payne's attorney Ryan Norwood argued that his client came to Nevada to prevent violence, to protect the right of the people there to protest.   Norwood said: "He wanted people to be able to protest.  He wanted everyone to be safe.

In a video posted this evening, trial observer John Lamb noted that at this trial the defense  is getting to tell the jury why people exercising their Second Amendment rights came in the spring of 2014 to support the Bundy's.

The jury is getting to see the federal authorities tasing Ammon Bundy, attacking Margaret Houston and bruising up Dave Bundy.

The prosecution called their first witness before the end of the day.

A Bureau of Land Management official testified that Cliven Bundy was not allowed to use the land for cattle grazing after February of 1993.

Mary Jo Rugwell noted that the desert tortoise has been considered endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service since 1990 and that Cliven Bundy's cattle were impacting their habitat.

Rugwell said that Cliven Bundy was considered in "continuous trespass" for using the land for cattle grazing and that "as a last resort" a decision was made in 2011 to impound his cattle.

(MORE TO COME IN AM POST)