Sunday, November 19, 2017


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.


Friday, November 17, 2017


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.



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.


Thursday, November 16, 2017


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.


"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.


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.



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


"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.



Ammon Bundy's attorney Morgan Philpot had a question at the third Bunkerville Standoff trial yesterday (Tuesday November 14th)..

Philpot was wondering what the jury is being told about being bused to the courthouse everyday.

US District Judge Gloria Navarro said she thinks the jury is being told there is no parking at the courthouse.

Why is the jury being handled this way?

One potential explanation goes back to the jury selection process when potential jurors were asked if they had any bad experiences with law enforcement.   This led one person to cite the menacing and threatening demeanor of federal law enforcement positioned outside the courthouse as they walked in.

The feds have been aggressive towards people with protest signs in support of the defendants outside the courthouse during the trials with the federal law enforcement sometimes being assisted in the harassment by Las Vegas Metro Police.

In general law enforcement is on a war footing for the Bunkerville trials with two helicopters being used during transport of defendants to and from the courthouse and a massive motorcade including federal, state and local law enforcement.

Trial observers John Lamb and Gina Harden described in a video posted on the "JGrady" account on You Tube yesterday how the rules of evidence appear to be wide open in this trial with Judge Navarro not restricting mention of how FBI and BLM agents threatened the Bundy's and protestors who came to support them.

Attempts to mention such things were rebuffed by Judge Navarro in the two previous trials with Navarro instructing juries to disregard any testimony that pointed in the direction of defendants feeling threatened by federal agents.

In his opening arguments yesterday Cliven Bundy's defense lawyer laid out the history of Bundy Ranch, founded June 7, 1877.

Bret Whipple also laid out the history of Cliven Bundy's dispute with the federal government that began when the Bureau of Land Management declared his cattle a threat to the desert tortoise in 1989.

Whipple put pictures up on the big screen just like Acting US Attorney Steve Myrhe did, but Whipple's pictures showed aggressive actions by federal agents and FBI informants that he intends to call as witnesses during the trial.

The trial continues today with additional opening arguments from the defense including Ryan Bundy speaking in his own defense.    More trial activity may happen for part of Thursday but there will be a break from the trial until next Monday after either today or Thursday.

And by the way Ryan Bundy is going to be allowed to live in a residential setting under terms of his surprise release by Judge Navarro.   He will be able to go to church, court and meet with lawyers while he is under "home detention".

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


When asked by the judge if he wanted a one-week delay, Cliven Bundy's short reply was offered.
Defendant Ryan Bundy also opposed a trial delay, but added he would support one if the co-defendants were freed from jail like he was to a halfway house yesterday.

Prosecutors came into court seeking a one week delay while FBI emails from the weeks leading up to the standoff were sought out and reviewed.

Defense attorneys for Ryan Payne and Ammon Bundy asked for a mistrial.

Acting US Attorney Steven Myrhe offered opening arguments in the morning, claiming that the government's behavior was not the issue in the case.    Myhre placed blame at the feet of the four defendants (Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne).

He said:  "This case is not about protesting.  This case is about instilling fear through the use of violence".    That's a pretty over the top statement about an event where no one was hurt and everyone went home afterwards.

Myhre insisted there were no land rights, First Amendment or Second Amendment arguments to justify the protesters actions, the federal government controls the land 'for everybody'.    It was law and order versus the end of a gun in his opinion.

Myhre admitted today in his opening arguments that armed federal officers,  "snipers" as described by trial observer John Lamb, were in the hills above protestors to protect the federal officers who he claims were threatened.   This information was not admitted at the first two trials.

In one of his videos posted today Lamb said that at one point the prosecution argued that having Cliven Bundy's cows using public land is harmful to the land and the public.

Cliven Bundy's problems began in the 1980's with enforcement of the Endangered Species Act that drove all of his neighbors out of the ranching business.

At one point during the opening arguments for the prosecution, a court clerk approached a juror to nudge her awake.

Early this morning before the opening arguments another one of the 19 men implicated in the Bunkerville Standoff, Micah McGuire, entered a plea deal and pled guilty to impeding federal officers.   He will be sentenced in February and was released today.

Cliven Bundy's defense attorney Bret Whipple laid out the history that led to the protest, noting that over 50 ranchers have been run off their land in Clark County, Nevada and that one remains, Cliven Bundy.

He also said that there was no crime committed during the standoff at the wash on April 12, 2014 because the federal government's impounding operation was over.

Whipple also revealed that undercover FBI agents were among the protestors.

He argued that Cliven Bundy was trying to hold onto water rights by having his cattle on the land.

Ryan Bundy arrived at court this morning in a white limo from his halfway house accommodation after Judge Navarro ordered his release yesterday.

Court observer John Lamb called his mode of transport fitting 'for a hero'.


Monday, November 13, 2017


The posts in the cyber universe all pointed to Roy Moore being destroyed quickly with the usual Democrat suspects joined by Republican Establishment point men Mitt Romney and John McCain calling for his end as a US Senate candidate.

Over the weekend the destructive efforts seemed to pick up with Senator Tim Scott and on Monday Majority Leader Mitch McConnell piling on to say Moore must go.

Rumors about Jeff Sessions being a replacement write-in candidate were put out along with statements that even if elected Moore would not or should not be allowed to be a Senator.

It all seems like a rehash of the trashing of Donald Trump on sex related matters last year with the usual MSM and Democrat and Republican Establishment Never Trump suspects joined by some newcomers apparently to pile  on Roy Moore. 

It shows how desperate powerful forces are to destroy Judge Moore.

It also shows the importance of President Trump's intervention in the situation to support Roy Moore and not allow the witch hunting lynch mob from "the Swamp" have its way.

The Romney-McCain 'tip of the spear' call for Moore to drop out reminds me of what they did on behalf of the elite Corporatist interests in 2014 when they called on then Arizona governor Jan Brewer to veto a religious freedom bill to protect gay marriage dissenters.   Brewer complied with their demand backed up by big business interests including the National Football League (threatening to move the Super Bowl out of Phoenix).

Moore's relentless opposition to same sex marriage puts him in direct opposition to those big business interests. 

The big business interests also support cheap labor across borders and low taxes for themselves with the little people bearing the burden of the welfare state which is OK with them as  long as they don't have to pay for it.

What we have is a coordinated assault that now puts the likes of left-wing hit lawyer Gloria Allred in bed with Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

And you don't want to call it a Uniparty.

So-called "Conservative Media" and "Tea Party Conservatives" are committing suicide by showing the grassroots how fake and phony they were all along, just fronting for the Republican Establishment.

I think it was Rush Limbaugh who coined the notion of the 'media anal exam' for political candidates.

Well, I would call this even worse.   Roy Moore is being dragged into the swamp and 'gang sodomized' by the Corporatist elites through their political and media minions.

We in the grassroots supported Donald Trump when the same suspects went after him with accusers and a recording where President Trump was heard talking about grabbing women's private parts.

President Trump must support Roy Moore in the face of this vicious attack so similar to the one launched on him last year.


Late today,  US District Judge Gloria M. Navarro decided to keep Ammon Bundy in jail but reversed her decision last week releasing Ryan Bundy to a halfway house.   Ryan Bundy will defend himself during the trial.   

The trial begins tomorrow (Tuesday November 14th). 

Maxine Bernstein of "Oregon Live" tweets that the government apparently made "misrepresentations" at last week's detention hearing.

Trial observer John Lamb was more straight to the point, saying that the government "lied" to Judge Navarro causing her change about his release.   One of the lies they told was a written claim by federal marshals that foul language had been used by Ryan Bundy.

In another tweet,  Bernstein said "odd that Judge Navarro didn't explain her decision now to release Ryan Bundy.....just said it as an aside".

Ryan Bundy was released from custody at the federal courthouse as sunset arrived  in Las Vegas and was hugged by family members.  He then left enroute to a halfway house.

In open court, there was debate over the evidence between lead prosecutor Acting US Attorney Steve Myhre and defense lawyers.

Judge Navarro was in a closed session earlier today with federal prosecutors and defense attorneys discussing matters related to FBI cameras, e-mails pertaining to fired BLM agent  Dan Love, missing documents and Dan Love's missing laptop.

Judge Navarro rejected  motions to dismiss charges before the closed session began saying there is nothing to justify them.    Navarro said the government needs to review materials related to Dan Love, who led the Bureau of Land Management operations in and around Bundy Ranch.

Some emails apparently contain offensive or politically incorrect language and there is dispute over whether that language should be kept redacted or not.

Judge Navarro also said the defense can question agents who worked to Dan Love  on whether they were fearful of retaliation or influenced in writing reports.


US District Judge Gloria Navarro will resume a detention hearing today for Ammon Bundy.

She's already denied release to the three other defendants in the third trial (Cliven Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne).

So one should not hold their breath expecting any pretrial release for Ammon Bundy.

We may find out today if defense lawyers are satisfied with Acting US Attorney Steven Myhre's compliance with Judge Navarro's order to release info on federal snipers and FBI cameras used in the days leading up to the April 12, 2014 standoff in a wash near the Bundy Ranch.    The prosecution was supposed to provide defense lawyers with more details by Noon Saturday.

Myrhe's been defiant since release of minimal details about both in the last week or so during a series of evidence hearings in the case, expressing the view its not his job to help the defense by providing details.

As it stands now the trial for the four defendants is set to get underway tomorrow (Tuesday November 14th) at the federal courthouse in Las Vegas.


Saturday, November 11, 2017


Last Monday the Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to honor Oregon Standoff protest spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum by renaming a portion of road.

The two-mile stretch of Yellowstone Road will now be called LaVoy Finicum Road.

Supporters of the name change said that LaVoy "had the courage to stand up for what he believed in" as reported by "OregonLive" which also reported that those opposed expressed the opinion "he went about things the wrong way".

Finicum was shot and killed during a "felony traffic stop" operation run by the FBI and supported by state and local police along US Route 395 in Harney County, Oregon.

Six shots were fired by Oregon State Police and two originally unaccounted for but then linked to FBI agent W. Joseph Astarita, who's charged with lying about firing the first two shots during the incident.

Astarita's trial date has been moved back twice, its now set for May 8th, 2018.

Good move by local officials in Arizona.

Those who supported the name change were right about LaVoy having the courage to stand up for what he believed in.   

Finicum was part of a protest launched by Ammon Bundy in the name of  "loving thy neighbor" as in Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, jailed on a mandatory five year sentence as terrorists for lighting a backfire to protect their property.

LaVoy Finicum made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom for fellow Americans.  He deserves even more honor and especially some justice for his killing.

Those who opposed by saying LaVoy went about it the wrong way have been proven wrong since people arrested during the "felony traffic stop" were found NOT GUILTY of felony charges by a jury on October 27th last year.


Acting US Attorney Steve Myhre and his team have until 12 Noon  today (Saturday November 11th) to turn over to defense lawyers information related to any armed federal officers deployed around Bundy Ranch during the protests that led to the Bunkerville Standoff.

They also have to provide details about the operation of a surveillance camera or cameras by the FBI during the protests in March and April 2014 around Bundy Ranch.

US District Judge Gloria Navarro issued the order Wednesday after the US Attorney's office sent documents to defense lawyers mentioning the armed federal officers conducting "surveillance" around Bundy Ranch and a National Park Service employee revealed the FBI live feed from a surveillance camera, with Mr. Myhre offering few details initially about the camera or cameras used.

Judicial activist Larry Klayman has filed a lawsuit alleging prosecutorial misdonduct against the Justice Department and FBI including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray on behalf of Cliven Bundy.

Klayman wants the Justice Department to investigate any destruction of evidence or withholding of evidence by the government in the case.

Good for Klayman.

Very few have been willing to take a stand about the conduct of this case.   One Congressman, Raul Labrador, of Idaho, offered a tepid letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that spoke of a "possible miscarriage of justice" in the case.

Some Republicans in New Hampshire have made noises about Jerry DeLemus.   DeLemus was co-chair of Veterans for Trump during the New Hampshire Primary who pled guilty for his role in Bunkerville.  

Judge Navarro slapped an 87 month (7 and a quarter year)  sentence on him, more than the prosecutor wanted (six years).  She called him a "vigilante bully".

The noise made about DeLemus by grassroots activists only was able to get him put in a federal prison in Massachusetts near his wife to serve his sentence.

Friday, November 10, 2017


"Limbo lower now.  Limbo lower now.  How low can you go?........You'll be a limbo star.  How low can you go"

Chubby Checker-"Limbo Rock" (1962)

In the campaign for the December 12th Special Election for the US Senate seat in Alabama, I fully expected Judge Roy Moore to be demonized as a child molester and or abuser of animals and more.

So the dirty smear attack of the last 24 hours comes as absolutely no surprise.

It was as predictable as the sun rising in the East.

Last year we were subjected to the sexual allegation assaults on Donald J. Trump culminating in the "grab *****" story.

This allegation goes a little beyond that, a sort of Anita Hill on steroids allegation of some sexual assault in 1979 on a 14 year old girl  and the that three other girls aged 16 to 18 were approached by Moore and taken out on dates where he kissed them.

Moore was quick to denounce the Democrats for smearing him but its worth noting that Republicans were on cue cutting him down as well just like they cut down Donald Trump when he was trashed last year in a similar way.

This kind of allegation comes amid the flood of allegations sweeping the entertainment industry in the wake of "Harvey Weinstein".

Some may have thought the "Weinstein Matter" would be some of intramural fight among the kind of people many of us dislike, but it has only opened up the floodgates for allegations here, there and everywhere.

A decade or so ago across the Atlantic allegations surfaced that a deceased BBC radio and television host, Jimmy Saville, had been involved in sexual abuse of countless children leading to a flood of allegations inside the BBC and beyond in the entertainment industry and politics.

Some men were tried and went to jail like entertainer Rolf Harris, singer of  the song "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" in the early 1960's.   Harris was sentenced in his eighties to three years in prison for molesting a teenage girl in a swimming pool decades ago.

Caught in the swirl of allegations were a former Prime Minister, Edward Heath, and a former Church of England bishop, George Bell.   Both men were investigated after their deaths.

Allegations of child abuse were also leveled against one of the UK's most popular and renowned entertainers, Sir Cliff Richard.   Richard who identifies strongly as a Christian was put through almost two years of scrutiny before prosecutors found "insufficient evidence" involving  the allegations of four men who claimed he assaulted them in their youth.

Roy Moore is being targeted because  of a  "target rich environment" in the present circumstances in the US just like the one in the UK in the last decade.

One other thought which opens a boatload of worms is this.   Every January we have a national holiday honoring a man who I admire for the struggle he waged with the political machine of the Democrat Party in the 1960's.

He was spied on by the FBI in retaliation for his success and exposed as a man who engaged in orgies with prostitutes.   Four FBI technicians quoted Dr. Martin Luther King as saying "I'm f***ing for God" for author Taylor Branch.

When Donald Trump was trounced on sexual allegations last year, I noted that we are all sinners in regards to sex, in thoughts, words and deeds.

I guess if we've all been wrong when it comes to sex and we have been just like Jimmy Carter ("In my heart I have lusted after women" as stated to "Playboy" in 1976) perhaps walls should be erected on our nation's borders (how ironic) and the whole nation declared a prison.

I don't ignore the need for some criminal justice to be applied to wrongdoing, but I do note Roy Moore's denial of the allegations and hope we will get in behind him from President Trump on down in the days ahead.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


"Gloria Navarro, you are an evil, cold-hearted woman.....You are a liar.  I love you dad"

Cliven Bundy's daughter speaks out in courtroom as marshals remove her when he is denied release at detention hearing-November 9, 2017

Citing the notion that Cliven Bundy does not obey the federal government,  US District Judge Gloria Navarro denied Cliven Bundy release during a detention hearing today in Las Vegas, claiming he was a flight risk.

She made her decision "quickly" as reported by Maxine Bernstein of "OregonLive".

The comments of Bundy's oldest daughter Sharee Cox characterizing the judge as a "liar" came in response to definitive statements from Judge Navarro that Cliven Bundy was a threat and could harm federal officers.

Trial observers John Lamb and Kelli Stewart noted that she was surrounded by federal marshals in the courtroom even before she spoke because of her body language in response to Judge Navarro's decision.   She started speaking as the marshals acted to move her out of the courtroom.

Bundy has been imprisoned without bail since he was arrested in February of 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

Cliven Bundy's attorney Bret Whipple argued that all Bundy cares about is his family and he is no flight risk or threat to anyone.   He would stay at a rental home where a retired Las Vegas police officer lives.

Whipple also noted a deterioration in his health since he was imprisoned, starting with 20 teeth and now only having 10-15.

Testitfying about his potential release Ammon Bundy said he would abide by conditions including wearing a GPS monitor.

By the end of the day Judge Navarro has decided not to release Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne as well with further arguments on the potential release of Ammon Bundy set for Monday.

The judge does seem to be biased and only because this case is under media scrutiny does she seem to be going through the motions of having evidence and detention hearings.

The trial  is set for opening arguments on Tuesday of next week.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Acting US Attorney Steven Myhre was stumbling through an evidence hearing today in the Bunkerville Standoff case, continuing to deny detailed knowledge of an FBI surveillance camera or cameras at Bundy Ranch during the protests there in the spring of 2014.

He leveled the accusation that the defense was trying to delay the trial.

Myrhe spoke of one camera being set up between April 5th and 6th and saying that the camera had been made inoperable, suggesting that Ryan Bundy (one of the defendants) may have been responsible for that.   Myhre said the camera ended up being moved to a different location.

In a video posted on the "JGrady" account on You Tube trial observer John Lamb noted that Myrhe was saying that the FBI personnel involved in the camera operation no longer work in Las Vegas using that as a rationale for not having more information about it.

But the US Attorney's office revealed new information not previously disclosed to defense lawyers on Tuesday that federal officers armed with AR-15 rifles and dressed in camouflage were posted outside the Bundy Ranch.

When the Bundy Family reached out for help calling on the public to come to their aid in 2014, they said they felt surrounded and that federal snipers were positioned around them.   The prosecution has accused defendants in the case who made these statements of being liars.

A nephew of Cliven Bundy, Arthur Scott Sessions, testified at the hearing that he saw three "football sized" cameras at different locations around the ranch and a protest site designated a "free speech area" by the federal government.   Sessions said the cameras were in place in the period leading up to the April 12, 2014 Bunkerville Standoff at a nearby wash along Interstate 15.

In the end US District Judge Gloria Navarro decided there was sufficient evidence presented at the hearing for her to issue a new order to the prosecution.

She has given the federal government until Saturday at noon to disclose  detailed information about any surveillance cameras and armed federal officers posted in the area of the Bundy home.  She also suggested that the person who knows the most about the camera operations be identified.

Meanwhile, lawyers for defendant Ryan Payne have filed a motion to dismiss charges based on the federal government's recording of phone calls between defendant Blaine Cooper and his defense lawyer and their denial of possessing those recordings when asked about them.

A detention hearing for the four defendants whose trial has been delayed by the new evidence revealed this week (Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne) is set for 930am tomorrow (Thursday November 10th) before Judge Navarro.

Also John Lamb mentioned in his video that a parade is planned this Saturday morning in Las Vegas at 9:45am in support of the defendant.   Part of that parade will include LaVoy Finicum's widow Jeanette riding LaVoy's horse.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


US District Judge Gloria J. Navarro decided to delay the opening statements in the third Bunkerville Standoff trial until next Tuesday following last Friday's revelation by a park service employee of a previously unknown FBI surveillance camera overlooking Bundy Ranch.

A hearing on the issue is set for tomorrow (Wednesday November 8th).   The hearing will start at 1pm to give the government more time to gather information about the surveillance camera or cameras operated by the FBI during the standoff.

When Ryan Bundy filed a motion about the camera back in August the lead prosecutor Acting US Attorney Steve Myhre rebuffed it claiming it was something 'fantastical' but today for the first time Myhre admitted the existence of a camera or cameras used by the FBI during the standoff.

When Judge Navarro has to operate under increased scrutiny, she tends to be less hostile to the defense.  Some observers of her behavior describe it as "immature".

Navarro acted more proper and correct in the courtroom during a previous Bunkerville trial when former Congressman and US Attorney Bob Barr was present as an observer and this trial with its increased publicity seems to be driving her towards at least an appearance of being respectful of the defense.

Prosecutors claim they did their "due diligence" in the matter.   There are questions as to whether other spy cams may have been used during the standoff by the FBI.

The four defendants came to court today with Ryan Payne in street clothes, Ryan Bundy in a three piece black suit but Cliven Bundy and Ammon Bundy came in red prison uniforms.

Ryan Bundy suggested to the judge that the prosecutors prepare their case from a jail cell next to his, expressing the difficulty he faces in preparing his from the lockup at the Henderson Detention Center

In a video posting tonight (Tuesday November 7th)  Ammon Bundy's attorney Morgan Philpot expressed his shock and surprise at the turn of events.

Not only will there be a evidence hearing tomorrow, but there will also be a detention hearing for the four defendants on Thursday morning at 830am.

Philpot said the planned hearing is "fantastic" and expressed hope that the judge may release the defendants.

Cliven Bundy's defense attorney Bret Whipple has filed a motion for dismissal of the case and that motion will be considered at a hearing scheduled for next Monday.

Saturday, November 4, 2017


"I Ryan Bundy, a man sui juris, MOVE the Court to order or compel Plantiff to produce discovery regarding photographic and laser equipment used to surveil the Bundy home and American People who peaceably assembled between March 26, 2014 and April 12, 2014"

Defendant Ryan Bundy's motion of August 22, 2017 in Bunkerville Standoff case regarding FBI equipment seen overlooking Bundy Ranch

"....testimony elicited in court Friday revealed for the first time that the FBI had one surveillance camera perched on a hill overlooking the Bundy Ranch"

Maxine Bernstein-"Portland Oregonian/OregonLive"-November 3, 2017

"All we say to America is be true to what you're saying on paper.   If I lived in China or Russia or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges because they have committed themselves to that over there.  But somewhere I read of the "freedom of assembly",  somewhere I read of the "freedom of speech",   somewhere I read of the "freedom of press",  somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for rights......"

Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.-Last Speech in Memphis April 3, 1968

"..economically I'm an arch conservative.  My attitudes towards the federal government, the federal structure.  I'm disenchanted like so many other Americans with that, its getting too big and cumbersome, unmanageable, filled with self serving and self-perpetuating bureaucracy that accomplishes too little for our terms of conservation of our natural resources, now here we get into the ultimate confusion, conservation, conservatism, coming from the same root word.   What are you if you believe in the conservation of our natural resources.   Are you liberal or conservative?....."

Montana native and NBC News anchorman Chet Huntley reflects on how big the federal government was growing and what it means to conserve natural resources on June 25, 1970 with Dick Cavett on ABC-TV

"In 2014 my family took a peaceful stand against government overreach and the people from across the nation came and stood by our side.  Our request throughout the whole protest was that it remain peaceful and it did.   Those people saved our lives that day against the heavy handedness of our federal government....

President Trump you remain silent.  Mr. Jeff Sessions, you said you were pleased with the prosecution.  Is this how you think the courts under your jurisdiction should be ran?   You, too, sir have disregard for the US Constitution as well as your oath of office.  Shame on you.   

Mr.  Zinke (Interior Secretary Ryan) you came to the Bundy Ranch and toured my ranch area.  You never reached out to us.  You said it was now out of your jurisdiction.  You were right.  We are part of the sovereign state of Nevada and you have no business in this great state.   However,  you claim over 89 percent of our land.  Who put us in the judicial courts.  You did.  And who can take us out of those courts,  You can sir.  You can drop all charges and it will no longer be in the judicial system.  Shame on you...."

Cliven Bundy's wife Carol Bundy speaks in a  video statement August 20, 2017

Protesters at Bundy Ranch in the spring of 2014 came to exercise their First Amendment rights to protest the federal government's seizure of Cliven Bundy's cattle in the midst of his fight with the federal government over the ownership of the grazing land.   Some protesters exercised their Second Amendment rights at the protest.

Back in Martin Luther King's day, the judges would issue a blanket injunction against protest. Nowadays the federal government just corralled the protestors in a "Free Speech Zone" as if they were cattle.

And then the protestors went to a wash near Bunkerville, Nevada on the morning of April 12, 2014 for the peaceful return by the Bureau of Land Management of Cliven Bundy's cattle.

Four men at the heart of the protest (Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne) are on trial accused among other things of planning a "massive armed assault" on federal officers.

It was a fight that began in the 1980's with the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act in northern Clark County, Nevada.   All of Cliven Bundy's neighbors were driven out of business. but Bundy carried on contending the federal government did not own the land, but that the sovereign state of Nevada did.  

Cliven Bundy regularly sent his grazing fee checks to the government of Clark County, Nevada.

After many years of litigation, the BLM moved in to seize Cliven Bundy's cattle, claiming non-payment of grazing fees, leading to the protest and the standoff of April 12, 2014.

The fact that the prosecution and persecution of the defendants in this case speaks for itself.

Four men held without bail, not convicted of any crime, the process started by the Obama Administration's Justice Department continuing under the Trump Administration Justice Department.

On Tuesday morning November 7, 2017 the opening arguments are set to begin in the trial.

Friday, November 3, 2017


Defendant Ryan Bundy who is acting in his own defense in the third Bunkerville Standoff trial, says he was mocked by the government when he asked about a camera being used by the federal government during the standoff.

Bundy filed his motion about the camera back on August 22nd and in a written response September 5th, Acting US Attorney Steven Myhre called his motion "little more than a fantastical fishing expedition for evidence".

On July 12th US Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke these words regarding Mr. Myrhe:

"I've got to tell you, its impressive when you have a tough case,  a controversial case and you've got the top guy leading the battle, going to court, standing up and defending the office and the principles of the law....I'm not taking sides or commenting on the case.  Just want to say that leadership requires, a lot of times, our people to step up and be accountable."

But today a National Park Service manager, Mary Hinson, revealed under questioning by Bundy that a live video feed was being used at the federal government's command trailer.  It was an FBI live camera rotating from a hill above Bundy Ranch.

Cliven Bundy's defense lawyer Bret Whipple was incredulous saying "How can there be a live feed they never disclosed"....."three and  half years, two trials and for the first time"......"how can you sit on this for three and a half years."

US District Judge Gloria Navarro rejected a defense motion to dismiss charges against the four defendants in the third trial (Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne) based on the shredding of documents related to the standoff.

A jury has been selected and opening arguments are set for Tuesday morning in Las Vegas.

But the judge is allowing another motion to dismiss based on the revelation of the FBI surveillance camera live feed during the April 2014 standoff.

I wouldn't hold my breath for a positive response to any dismissal motion.

Thursday, November 2, 2017


The jury for the third Bunkerville Standoff trial has been chosen.    Six men and six women are on the jury.    The 12 jurors along with four alternates are ready for the trial with opening arguments set for Tuesday morning at 8:30 in Las Vegas.

"Yes, I believe they are guilty" wrote Juror No. 66 on their questionaire, but this juror was still on the final roster today even after Ryan Bundy read that answer directly to Judge Gloria Navarro yesterday.

Navarro still insisting that there was no bias in that potential juror.  This forced the defense to use one of its eight 'strikes' today to take that person out of the final cut of jurors.

Tomorrow the evidence hearing that's been looking to activities of the Bureau of Land Management with current BLM officials now explaining various issues related to documents that were destroyed involving the standoff.

Some motions about the trial will also be part of the courtroom activity tomorrow and we may have rulings from Judge Navarro.

The intimidating atmosphere of the courtroom was described in a video posted today,

"They're staring at them, their arms are all crossed, they're right up in their faces.   And you know I just don't how they believe that this could be a fair trial when you're intimidated by people standing around you.

I also don't understand why the US Marshals are allowed to hear the conversations between the defendants and their attorneys.   They really don't need to stand a foot away and guarantee these men aren't going to do anything"

Kelli Stewart talks about the 13 federal marshals placed around the four defendants at the trial in a video placed on "JGrady" You Tube account November 2, 2017

In that You Tube video, John Lamb and Kelli Stewart discussed the expensive security procedures involved in moving the defendants back and forth from the jail every day.   

With the sound of the helicopters overhead, they explained how two helicopters circle overhead before the prisoner transport and then follow the four men who are part of a major motorcade involving a dozen Las Vegas Metro Police and Nevada Highway Patrol officers sirens blaring using the side of the freeway to work their way through the rush hour traffic.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


In Las Vegas today the fight in the courtroom was one about who should be a juror or not.

The prosecution not wanting a member of the pool  who discussed the Uranium One scandal.

The defense not wanting a member of the pool who wants more gun control laws.

The Constitution of the United States was the focus of defendant Ryan Bundy's questioning of jury pool members.   Bundy is arguing in his own defense at the trial.

He stated that the Constitution was the supreme law of the land and asked if the pool members agree with that notion.

Bundy also asked if jury pool members believe that rights come from God.   One said No that rights should not come from a religious perspective.

Ammon Bundy's defense lawyer was concerned that one potential juror used a "certain herb" and was concerned that use would distort their ability to deliberate the case.

At the end of the day, US District Judge Anna Navarro agreed to remove three jurors for cause, one who spoke about  "Uranium One", one who worked in Senator Harry Reid's office, the one who used the "particular herb" mentioned earlier.

Judge Navarro ruled on the role of an assistant to Ammon Bundy's defense lawyer Morgan Philpot.

Philpot wanted to have Rick Koerber with a phone and laptop sitting with him at the defense table during the trial.

Koerber recently faced criminal charges in federal court in Salt Lake City being accused of money related charges.   The jury was unable to reach verdicts and a mistrial was declared.
Koerber's defense attorney was Marcus Mumford, Philpot's law partner and Ammon Bundy's defense lawyer in the first Oregon Standoff trial.

(Marcus Mumford was tackled, tased and arrested by federal marshals in the courtroom at the end of that trial after the not guilty verdicts for all defendants were read.  Although criminal charges were dropped against Mr. Mumford, the chief federal judge in Oregon is trying to have Mumford disbarred from the federal court in Oregon)

Judge Navarro decided that Koerber can have the phone and laptop but he'll have to sit at the front row of the public gallery and he must cover the laptop's camera and microphone with yellow tape.    She does want Koerber to record or broadcast anything from the courtroom.
She also expressed her fear of  'provocative false information being provided that will raise a security risk in court'.

The judge is also allowing Ryan Bundy, who's arguing in his own defense, to meet with the defense lawyers before and after court each day.


Trial observer John Lamb reports that the remaining group of 49 prospective jurors should be whittled down to 16 tomorrow (12 jurors and 4 alternates).

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


US District Judge Gloria J. Navarro said in court today that she made 'an inadvertent mistake' in removing five potential jurors the defense wanted to keep.  

Navarro then acted to remove eight potential jurors the prosecution said they wanted to keep.

Today there were 57 potential jurors in the courtroom, a group different from yesterday.

A scratchy voiced Cliven Bundy addressed the potential jurors.

"Good morning and thank you for coming.   I appreciate it very much", Bundy said.

Judge Navarro has informed potential jurors of the trial schedule, telling them to expect the trial to last into February of next year, with two days off at Thanksgiving, one day at Christmas and New Year's Day and a "dark week" the week of December 4th.

A list of over 1100 potential witnesses is being read to the prospective jurors who are asked if they know anyone on the list.

It includes fired Bureau of Land Management agent Dan Love, who commanded the federal side of the standoff, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who was also present at the standoff talking with both sides and helping with the release of the Bundy cattle and media personality Glenn Beck.  Beck had a private conversation with Cliven Bundy in the aftermath of the standoff and spoke about it on his media programs.

Many interesting things were said by prospective jurors including a couple who cited "Uranium One" as the reason for both the Oregon Standoff and Bunkerville Standoff protests.

Regarding "militias" several  had  negative impressions while a couple of others had positive feelings about them.

One potential juror was disturbed by the Bureau of Land Management's practice of killing the Bundy family's cattle using helicopters.

16 of 33 of a group of potential jurors said they would have a problem with guns at a protest.

Ten of the jurors were the focus of attention in the courtroom today with some liked by the defense and others by the prosecution.

30 more prospective jurors will be in the courtroom tomorrow Wednesday November 1st.

As Judge Navarro adjourned for the day one of the observers in the courtroom, Shawna Cox, yelled out "Happy Birthday Ryan" and others who came in support of the defendants joined in wishing Ryan Bundy a happy 45th birthday.


Monday, October 30, 2017



Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne entered the courtroom in Las Vegas today with  red jail uniforms on that read "Detainee" on the back.

It was the beginning of their trial in connection with the April 12, 2014 Bunkerville Standoff near Bundy Ranch.

There were 49 potential jurors on hand today as proceedings got underway before US District Judge Gloria Navarro.  Hundreds will be questioned before the end of the process.

Ammon Bundy's attorney J.. Morgan Philpot called for a further delay of the trial because of the impact of the October 1st mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Ryan Bundy objected to being forced to wear leg shackles.

It turns out Ryan Bundy hasn't had a shave or shower in a week.

Ryan Bundy, who's arguing in his own defense, apologized for his ragged appearance to potential jurors and asked them guestions.  One was  "Anyone believe the government makes no mistakes?" and another "Anyone believe the government can make mistakes?".   The group of jurors were silent for the first with many hands shooting up for the second.

A third question: "Who believes if a man is arrested, the arrest alone is an indication he is guilty?"

In a video report posted at the "JGrady" account on You Tube John Lamb said that Ryan and Ammon were still wearing Pahrump prison uniforms while Cliven Bundy and Ryan Payne were dressed in Henderson Detention Center garb.

This startled US District Judge Gloria Navarro who had issued a written order for defendants to be transferred to Henderson from Pahrump ahead of the opening of the trial.

The first potential juror in the front row is a friend of a key witness Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo and even had dinner with him Sunday night, according to Lamb.

Kelli Stewart noted how thin the prisoners looked and how deteriorated in condition Cliven Bundy was, a man already in his 70's.

Supporters were outside the courthouse with a large banner displayed among other signs of protest.

Another point Kelli Stewart made in video that was removed from Free Republic shortly after being posted last evening was that the police presence around the courthouse today, dozens of officers in militarized gear sends a chilling message about what law enforcement has become.

Kelli Stewart said in part:  "We have officers everywhere, armed, surrounding us, walking everywhere, looking us up and down making sure we're not doing anything wrong.  And as somebody who's always been a law abiding citizen and really wants to see police officers as here to protect me, its becoming more and more clear that the police officers that are here outside are really here to protect the Establishment, they're here to protect this courthouse, they're here to protect any tyranny going on inside this courthouse and they'll quickly remove people if we start to do anything outside of their codes and regulations."

In that vein John and Kelli's video made reference to a question asked of a potential juror if they had ever had a bad experience with law enforcement.

The prospective juror said having five cops glare at them as they entered the courthouse that day was such an example.

Both trial observers (John Lamb and Kelli Stewart) are overall optimistic saying the atmosphere reminds them of Oregon when not guilty verdicts were read out for all seven defendants at the first trial.

Friday, October 27, 2017


The third Bunkerville Standoff trial of four men (Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne) will begin Monday with jury selection.

Meanwhile, US District Judge Gloria Navarro has agreed to a fourth day of questioning in an evidence hearing that ran Monday thru Wednesday.

A defense attorney pointed out inconsistent testimony from two Bureau of Land Management officials about shredding of documents.

"Redoubt News" reports that when fired BLM agent Dan Love testified at the hearing he said that the Obama Administration US Attorney Daniel Bogden was involved in decision making about the release of the cattle on April 12, 2014 that precipitated the standoff.   The news story points to the notion that Bogden may have been using the release of the cattle to entrap the defendants.

Jury selection in the trial is set to begin Monday morning at 8:30am in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


The evidence hearing continued for a third day (Wednesday October 25th) in Las Vegas.

Ammon Bundy was kept out of the courtroom.  He was not allowed in but his lawyers met with him in a room outside the courtroom.   Ammon was removed from the courtroom on Tuesday as he tried to tell how be was bruised up by US Marshals after Monday's court session.

Cliven and Ryan Bundy were in the courtroom Wednesday but the US Marshals were agitated harrassing them at one point taking markers being used by Ryan Bundy away from him.

They also prevented Cliven and Ryan from looking at their family members in the courtroom.

Carol Bundy (wife of Cliven) and Angie Bundy (wife of Ryan) were present in the courtroom Wednesday.

Among other things questions were asked of BLM employees by the defense regarding shredding of documents related to the standoff.

Meanwhile, US District Judge Gloria Navarro has issued a written order prohibiting routine strip searches (body cavity searches) of Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne.

The men are also ordered by her to be moved from the privately owned Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump to the Henderson Detention Center close to the federal courthouse in Las Vegas shortly before the planned trial date next Monday October 30th.

The word from the Bundy relatives in a video posted on the "JGrady" account on You Tube is for everyone to be ready for the trial to start next Monday October 30th.  They urge everyone to show up in Las Vegas in support of the four men scheduled to go on trial  (Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne).

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


"Last night I guess after the evidential hearing with Dan Love the US Marshals got really rough with Cliven (Bundy), who's in his 70's...and Ammon and Ryan because they were forcing them to look at the wall and put their nose to the wall.  They for no reason other than force"

Lisa Bundy-Ammon Bundys wife in video posted October 24th, 2017

A pre court hearing today in Las Vegas became ugly with visible injuries on members on the Bundy family as they were brought to court in chains.

Cliven Bundy's attorney Bret Whipple stood up to argue that evidence of what happened needed to be preserved.  Ryan Bundy stood up and spoke as well but US District Judge Gloria Navarro refused to put anything into the record, to take pictures of evidence of injuries or to ascertain which of the marshals had inflicted the injuries on the Bundy's.

Ammon Bundy spoke up in court and started to describe what had been done to him by the federal marshals and Judge Navarro would not allow him to speak.  He was ordered removed from the courtroom

Whatever happened to the Bundy's happened after yesterday's hearing and before today's hearing.

Ammon Bundy's wife  Lisa said the violence was unleashed on the men after the eldest Cliven, Ammon and Ryan were forced to face a wall and put their noses up against it by US Marshals.

The evidence hearing continued yesterday Tuesday with questions involving FBI agents and informants involved with Bunkerville and will continue tomorrow (Wednesday October 25th).

We have not reached the moment of "calendar call" when Judge Navarro will decide if a trial will start next Monday October 30th which was set as a new tentative date for a trial after the carnage in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Monday, October 23, 2017


A week before their third trial was set to begin on charges related to the April 2014 Bunkerville Standoff near Bundy Ranch, Eric Parker and Scott Drexler pled guilty to a charge of obstruction of a court order.   This is a misdemeanor charge.

Parker and Drexler will be sentenced February 2, 2018.  Both men will not serve any additional jail time, receiving credit for the 18 months already served without bail since they were arrested early last year and held through the end of the second trial a few months ago.

Juries have either acquitted the two or deadlocked 11-1 not guilty on most of the twenty felony charges leveled against them.

Parker was facing four felony charges next week and Drexler two felonies related to firearms  and with potential sentences of 15 plus years for Drexler and 30 plus years for Parker.

What drove today's events may have been both a combination of concern from the defendants about how a jury would react to charges involving firearms after the Las Vegas mass killing and some pressure from Republican politicians in Idaho who had written letters to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a copy sent to the White House urging release of Idaho residents like Parker, Drexler and others accused over Bunkerville pending their trials.

The Republicans politicians also expressed their concern over a potential miscarriage of justice in the Bunkerville case.

But there are still other defendants held in jail without bail over Bunkerville with four of them facing trial next week.

Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne are still to be tried in the third trial.

The status of the planned October 30th trial will be clarified in a "calendar call" involving Judge Navarro and the prosecution and defense lawyers tomorrow in Las Vegas.   The trial was pushed back to that date after the carnage in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Today there was an evidence hearing in Las Vegas for that trial before US District Judge Gloria Navarro and being questioned as a potential witness by Skype was fired Bureau of Land Management agent Dan Love.

Love directed BLM during the standoff.   Questions about a missing computer Love used and shredded documents were among those posed by defendant Ryan Payne's lawyers.  Many "I don't recall" answers were given.

But a very important part of his testimony in the pre-trial hearing was Love saying that people above him in Washington were giving orders to people under his command that he was not aware of which apparently  includes the destruction of documents related to the standoff.

Witnesses were ordered out of the courtroom for part of the hearing.

Judge Navarro was more willing than in the past to overrule objections from federal prosecutors during today's hearing.

Sunday, October 22, 2017


"Catalonia held a referendum. Russia won"-Washington Post October 2, 2017

"How Russia Is Playing Catalonia to Get a Reprieve on Crimea" 16, 2017

"In Catalonia, Is Russia Trying to Influence Another Vote?"-Newsweek September 30, 2017

Those are the headlines and there are more from numerous "mainstream " news organizations trying to link up the recent referendum and push for independence in Catalonia with the same scapegoat they tried to pin on Donald Trump, Russia.

There are stories about fake news being generated and the Spanish government seems to have hooked onto that notion with denunciations of what they call "fake news" stories posted online showing the fighting between Catalans and national police on October 1st when the authorities tried to shut down the vote.

Meanwhile, a Donald Trump supporter offered his views on what happened October 1st when Catalan authorities reported 900 injured in the face of aggressive actions by national police against the election (independence referendum).

"Ever in my fiercest criticisms 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 to European Parliament-October 3, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017



Elections can be a sham, a fraud as was the case in Venezuela last weekend with the government controlling everything from the vote count to media coverage and most important of all, the national government and the guns.

Elections can also be influenced by business interests with massive campaign contributions plus threats to close down operations and take away people's jobs as was the case in the Scottish independence referendum a few years ago.

Some or all of these elements are in play as options as Spain's major "Uniparties" backed by the big business and banking interests move together to shut down Catalonia's independence movement which recently staged a successful referendum approving independence in the face of repressive measures by the central government.

In recent days just like the totalitarian regime in Venezuela denounced by the Spanish government for jailing opponents has itself put two Catalan independence leaders in jail without bail.

Now a whole set of new measures have been announced today.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that the leaders of Catalonia will be removed from power and the powers of its parliament will be restricted.

He also says that new elections will be held 'as soon as possible in Catalonia.'.

So the stage is set for a rigged and manipulated election process with government and business propaganda fueled by millions of dollars and threats of Catalonians losing their jobs if they don't vote the right way.

In reaction some 500-thousand people took to the streets of Catalonia, which would be the equivalent of  more than 20 million people on the streets of the United States protesting.

Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont says Catalonia will not accept the plan for direct rule from Madrid.

He said it is the worst attack on Catalan institutions since the days of the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

Puigdemont also said he intends to call a special session of the parliament to respond to Prime Minister Rajoy's crackdown.

This apparently sets the stage for some sort of confrontation as national police would have to again use force like they did at polling stations and government offices before and during the referendum on October 1st.

The head of the police force in Catalonia has already been called before a national court just the like the two independence leaders arrested earlier.   Will he placed under arrest or his police force formally be taken over by the national government?

Will the local police obey orders from the national police?   What will happen if there are confrontations with demonstrators resisting the use of force by the national government to seize Catalan institutions?

I am reminded of the story of the Oregon Standoff protest last year with local police being the supporters of the national police, the FBI.    They were fully involved in the aggressive operations against non violent protestors up to and including the killing of LaVoy Finicum.

When one local lawman, Grant County  Oregon Sheriff Glenn Palmer, suggested talking to the protestors and releasing the ranchers jailed as terrorists for lighting a backfire who were the cause of the protest (Dwight and Steve Hammond)  he came under attack.

Other sheriffs in Oregon issued a statement in support of the FBI operations and some local opponents of Sheriff Palmer made corruption allegations against him leading to a state investigation that found no wrongdoing.

Maybe the local lawmen in Catalonia will have more mettle than the ones in this country who bend their knee to federal power.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


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


"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


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



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



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.