Thursday, October 19, 2017

BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF:  RYAN BUNDY HEARING, RYAN PAYNE WANTS DAN LOVE TO TESTIFY


Ryan Bundy was in court with US District Judge Gloria Navarro on Wednesday October 18th.
Judge Navarro agreed to allow Ryan Bundy to speak in his own defense at his upcoming trial.

Observing the hearing were Ryan's wife Angie Bundy and Bundy Family friend and supporter Shawna Cox (Oregon Standoff protest participant acquitted at her trial last year).

Interviewed by "Redoubt News" in a video posted on the "JGrady" account on You Tube, they both agreed that Judge Navarro's tone has changed recently, they noted she is being more deliberate and careful in her handling of the courtroom.

But they both said she stated her intention to control Ryan Bundy's acting in his own defense during the upcoming trial.

Meanwhile defendant Ryan Payne is seeking to have the now fired Bureau of Land Management agent Dan Love testify at the trial.  Love, who was the lead federal agent at the Bunkerville Standoff. was fired by the BLM after a corruption investigation.

In the first two trials, Judge Navarro refused to allow Love to testify.

Next week on the pretrial schedule is a Monday (October 23rd) evidence hearing and the "calendar call" Tuesday (October 24th) where Judge Navarro is expected to give a thumbs up or down on the planned trial date of October 30th.    That new trial date replaced the earlier one of October 10th which was abandoned in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Six men are set to go on trial (Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Ryan Payne,  Eric Parker and Scott Drexler).   This will be the third Bunkerville Standoff trial with the first four men on trial for the first time and second two men facing their third trial in the case.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GANDHI AND MARTIN LUTHER KING SMILE ON CATALONIA'S INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT AND PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD, TOO


"Ever in my fiercest criitcisms here did I think we would see the police of a member state of the European Union injuring 900 people in an attempt to stop them going out to vote"

Nigel Farage speaks in the European Parliament on Catalonia-October 3, 2017


In recent weeks the Catalan independence movement has quietly, discreetly and without violence asserted itself with mass street demonstrations and a referendum on independence.

The Spanish government has responded with a violent attempt to suppress the independence movement and thrown leaders into jail, showing themselves to be modern British colonialists and Bull Connor's.

As Nigel Farage noted in a conversation with Stuart Varney on "Fox Business" the other day, there may have been 40 percent of Catalonians wanting independence going into the referendum, but the violent actions of the Spanish government's national police have certainly pushed that number higher.

Their actions evoke memories of the days of Franco in Spain.   While comedian Chevy Chase got a lot of mileage on "Saturday Night Live" in the 1970's saying that "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" the militarized police actions and the judicial repression against a non violent movement suggest that he is coming back to life.

As the deadline set by the government in Madrid approaches with the promise of direct rule over the province and suspension of the autonomous government, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets, the equivalent of tens of millions in the United States.

Two independence leaders in Catalonia have been thrown into jail without bail, accused of sedition.

Behind the forces of government are the real controlling forces out there, the forces of banking and business who have intimidated and threatened Catalonia just like Britain was threatened over Brexit and Scotland over its independence referendum.      The bankers and business elites threatening to leave Catalonia and go somewhere else.

They can't let the people have their say in an election.   That seems to be their attitude lately whether we are voting for President of the United States or Brexit or Scottish independence and now Catalonian independence.

Dr. Martin Luther King's great achievement was his ability to crush a major political party's machine at Birmingham in 1963.   The Democrats wanted to go the "moderate" route on race in America with no real or meaningful change because business and banking interests who fund major "mainstream" political parties fear how business and banking conditions would be affected by dramatic change.

Donald Trump again replicated Dr. King's success with his crushing of the Republican Party's machine during the presidential primary process last year, breaking the back  of the business and banking elites massive financial power in the political process.

The business and banking forces are now poised through the agency of the Spanish Uniparty forces of the ruling People's Party and the opposition Socialist Party to crush Catalonian aspirations for independence and national sovereignty.

The other week President Trump met with the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the White House the other week and actually supported Rajoy in opposition to Catalonia's independence aspirations.

But Nigel Farage, a friend and supporter of President Trump, is not so hostile realizing that the enemies of Catalan independence are his enemies and those of Donald J.Trump, too.

President Trump should be on the side of those who oppose the business and banking elites who are his enemies.

Monday, October 16, 2017

OREGON STANDOFF UPDATE:  FBI AGENT TRIAL IS PUSHED BACK, CONSTITUTIONAL SHERIFF CLEARED BY STATE INVESTIGATION


The FBI agent accused of lying about shooting at LaVoy Finicum's truck' when Finicum was killed on January 26, 2016 will not be tried until May 8th next year.

W. Joseph Astarita's trial date has now been moved back twice.

Meanwhile an investigation into Grant County, Oregon sheriff Glenn Palmer by Oregon's Justice Department has not been able to pin any wrongdoing on him.

The investigation into Palmer began in response to complaints from the 911 call center director and the John Day, Oregon police chief. 

Their complaints came as Palmer came under attack for calling for a negotiated end to the Oregon Standoff protest in January of last year.    Last year Palmer was also up for re-election  and he won re-election.

Glenn Palmer, who had a reputation as a "Constitutional Sheriff", called for talks to end the protest.

Palmer called for the release of ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, whose jailing as "terrorists" for lighting a backfire to protect their property, triggered the Oregon Standoff.

Palmer's comments triggered a resolution of support from the sheriff's association in Oregon for efforts to suppress the protest which ended up including aggressive and violent actions led by the FBI including the killing of LaVoy Finicum and wounding of Ryan Bundy on January 26, 2016.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF CASE:  NEW JURY QUESTIONS PROPOSED AMID DELAY IN THIRD TRIAL, PLEA DEAL FOR BRIAN CAVALIER TURNS OUT FALSE


(UPDATED NEWS REGARDING REPORTED PLEA DEAL FOR BRIAN CAVALIER-OCTOBER 13TH)

Defendants Ammon Bundy and Ryan Payne have proposed new questions for potential jurors in the now delayed third Bunkerville Standoff trial.

There are eight new questions from Payne and 29 from Bundy.

One example from Payne:

"Since the time you filled out the lengthy questionaire for this case, a tragedy has occurred on October 1, 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas.  Do you know anyone who was killed or harmed in the mass shooting?

Yes  No   If Yes please explain:"

Ammon Bundy proposed new questions that included:

"Considering recent events in Las Vegas do you believe America has a gun culture problem?
Yes or No"

"Are citizen militias part of the problem?  Yes or No"

"Will the recent events in Las Vegas make it more difficult for you to sit as a juror in a case that deals heavily with firearms and the Second Amendment?  Yes or No"


At the hearing where she decided to "continue" (delay) the case from going to trial last week, US District Judge Gloria Navarro noted potential jury pool problems including some potential jurors not being available for a later trial date.

Navarro noted that additional requests had come in to be excused from jury duty and suggested the carnage in Las Vegas may have impacted some of the potential jurors.

A change of plea hearing was scheduled Friday October 13th at 11:30am for Brian Cavalier who was said to have reached a plea agreement with the federal government in a court document posted online Thursday.

But word came out Friday that the information was entered in error and so there is no plea deal for Cavalier.  Recent word was that the federal government was taking a hard line in plea deal negotiations following the Las Vegas shooting.

Cavalier is in a third tier of defendants whose trial will not be held until next year and who still remain in jail without bail.  They've been treated that way for 20 months.

Another man accused in connection with the Bunkerville Standoff who pled guilty back in August, Blaine Cooper, has asked to be released pending sentencing.    The federal government is not opposing his request.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A CHANGE OF TONE IN THE BUNKERVILLE CASE WITH LATEST JUDGE NAVARRO RULINGS?


(UPDATED OCTOBER 11th WITH CLIVEN BUNDY ATTORNEY'S FILING)


The horrible event in Las Vegas has been followed by some new and interesting developments in the Bunkerville Standoff case.

While federal prosecutors were said to be taking a tougher line in plea deal negotiations with defendants in the case,  US District Judge Gloria Navarro ruled in ways favorable to the defense and defendants this past week.

Navarro agreed to a delay of up to 30 days in the third trial which will include those considered "leaders" of the Bunkerville Standoff near Bundy Ranch.   She will have a calendar call on October 24th to evaluate whether a trial can be held starting October 30th or pushed back further.

Earlier last week Navarro agreed to provide the defense lawyers the full inspector general's report on the now fired Bureau of Land Management agent Dan Love.   Love, who was the lead BLM official at Bunkerville, lost his job after the inspector general's investigation.

Defense lawyer Morgan Philpot, who represents Ammon Bundy in the upcoming trial, said the report will help defense lawyers to develop evidence helpful to their case.

But of course a big question remains as to whether Judge Navarro will change her stance from previous trials where the defense was severely limited as to what evidence they could present or arguments they could make.

However, Navarro was willing to intervene in the concerns of both Ammon and Ryan Bundy over their treatment at the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump.   The two men appear to have been deliberately targeted for frequent body cavity searches and  continuous solitary confinement for refusing them.

Navarro asked if any other defendants had similar concerns and defendant Ryan Payne joined their appeal to the judge.   Navarro heard from Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne personally during the hearing.

She decided to order the three men moved to the Henderson Detention Center and to be treated more humanely than they have been at Pahrump.

Meanwhile, Cliven Bundy's attorney Brett Whipple has filed motions including one to preserve the motions and evidence from Pete Santilli's defense lawyer.   That's because Santilli has reached a plea deal with federal government.

Whipple says the defendants lawyers has planned a coordinated defense and that Santilli's defense motions and evidence are vital to the defense of Cliven Bundy and the five others set to go on trial later this month.



Friday, October 6, 2017

BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF: PETE SANTILLI PLEA DEAL, JUDGE NAVARRO DELAYS TRIAL REJECTS MOVE TO RENO


The third Bunkerville Standoff trial has been delayed for up to 30 days by US District Judge Gloria Navarro in the wake of the Las Vegas Massacre.

Her decision set a tentative trial date of Monday October 30th for the six defendants who will stand trial after Pete Santilli's plea deal was finalized earlier.   A calendar call on October 24th will determine if conditions in Las Vegas have calmed down to allow a fair trial.

Judge Navarro rejected the notion of moving the trial to Reno, saying the shooter has connections there as well.

Pete Santilli will not testify against the other defendants in the Bunkerville Standoff case or turn over any evidence against them from "his works".    The internet broadcaster who brought the story of the Bundy Ranch and Bunkerville to the world in April 2014 is being released pending sentencing.

Limits will be imposed on him during pretrial release with Santilli allowed to return to his home in Cincinnati.

Pete is supposed to hand over "original discovery" in the case.

Santilli entered his new guilty plea in the morning.

Judge Navarro mentioned a points system indicating a maximum sentence of six years and 250-thousand dollars "restitution".    No "asset forfeiture" will be included in the sentence.

Time served, 20 months roughly is recommended by the federal prosecutor but Judge Navarro indicated she is not bound by their recommendations.

Supervised release of three years was also part of the agreement after Santilli serves his jail time as dictated by Judge Navarro at the sentencing.

Sentencing set for January 11, 2018 at 8am.

Ammon Bundy filed paper ahead of the afternoon hearing on delaying the trial seeking a move to Reno or a 90 day delay in the trial.

Andrea Parker mentioned in a video report today that Eric Parker's lawyer wants to be removed from the case, but he changed his mind at the afternoon hearing.  Parker is facing trial for a third time on four remaining charges not already decided by a jury which found him not guilty or split apparently 11-1 not guilty on the other six in his second trial..

There is also encouraging news that the judge is planning to have defendnts Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with Ryan Payne moved to the Henderson Detention Center from the controversial Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump where they have been kept until now.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF: JUDGE NAVARRO TO HEAR MOTION TO DELAY THIRD TRIAL AND PETE SANTILLI PLEA CHANGE 


Tomorrow (Friday October 6th) US District Judge Gloria Navarro is holding a hearing on the motion by defendant Ryan Payne for a 60 day "continuance" of the trial set to begin next Tuesday (October 10th).

Payne's motion is motivated by concern that the mass murder-shooting in Las Vegas would prejudice a jury and the trial.

An additional document filed by Payne's lawyer says that if the judge is not agreeable to the 60 day delay, a delay until October 30th would be acceptable.

Payne's lawyers are also suggesting the possibility of moving the trial to Reno because of the situation in Las Vegas.

Ryan Bundy is also seeking access to the hearing.  He has not appeared at pre-trial hearings because of his objection to body cavity searches carried out in conjunction with the appearances.

The hearing before Judge Navarro is set for 11:30am.

Cliven Bundy's lawyer says his defendant opposes a delay and wants a speedy trial which has been delayed by his 18 months of imprisonment without bail or a trial.

But Brett Whipple also notes his associate lawyer was at the scene of the massacre Sunday night and will need time to recover from the terror of that night.

This would also affect many potential jurors, in his opinion.

Meanwhile, Pete Santilli's plea agreement has been filed with the court and there will be a hearing at 9am tomorrow (Friday October 6th) on Santilli's change from not guilty pleas.

Santilli was one of seven men set to go on trial next Tuesday in Las Vegas along with Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Ryan Payne, Eric Parker and Scott Drexler.