Tuesday, July 18, 2017

   HIGH PROFILE LAWYER TAPPED TO DEFEND FBI AGENT ACCUSED OF LYING ABOUT SHOTS FIRED WHEN LAVOY FINCIUM WAS KILLED IN OREGON


Reporter Maxine Bernstein of "Oregon Live" tweeted last week that Washington DC lawyer Rob Cary has been admitted to the defense of FBI Agent W. Joseph Astarita.



Astarita is accused of lying about the two shots he fired in the direction of Oregon Standoff protestor LaVoy Finicum at a roadblock that was part of a "felony traffic stop" aimed at arresting the leadership of the non-violent protest.

Finicum was fleeing his truck as Astarita's shots were fired and ended up being shot dead by Oregon State Police who felt "threatened" by his actions.

Cary represented former US Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska in a high profile corruption case and authored a book "Not Guilty: The Unlawful Prosecution of US Senator Ted Stevens".

Earlier this month US District Judge Robert E. Jones in Portland issued a "protective order" to ban the FBI agents defense lawyers from sharing documents because they name FBI agents and Oregon State Police troopers.   Assistant US Attorney Paul Maloney said "threats" have been made against law enforcement involved in the killing of LaVoy Finicum.

"Oregon Live" has also reported that the Oregon shooting team from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Ofiice and the US Justice Department's Office of Inspector General are investigating the four other Hostage Rescue Team agents who were present at Finicum's killing who may have tampered with evidence from the shooting scene.

Astarita's trial is set for August 29th in Portland.

W. Joseph Astaria remains employed by the FBI in an administrative capacity.

Meanwhile, a video has been posted showing vandalism of the memorial at the place where LaVoy Finicum was killed along US Route 395 in Harney County, Oregon.   The poster of the video on  Facebook (Tony Atencio-32K views) says a fire was lit at the site in what he called a controlled burn suggesting "destruction of evidence" at the site.

This would not be the first time memorials to LaVoy Finicum have been vandalized-destroyed there.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

    ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS PRAISES PROSECUTOR LEADING CONSTITUTION CRUSHING                     BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF CASE 


"I've got to tell you, it's 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."


Attorney General Jeff Sessions  Own Words Spoken in Las Vegas July 12, 2017


When Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Las Vegas on Wednesday (July 12th) he stepped into the Bunkerville Standoff case where many were hoping for a change in attitude from the Trump Administration.

Sessions singled out the Acting US Attorney in Las Vegas, Steven Myhre, leader of the federal prosecution of Cliven Bundy, his sons and others who helped the Bundy Family during the standoff in Nevada near Bundy Ranch.

Reporter Jenny Wilson of the "Las Vegas Review Journal" tweeted:

"Sessions commends prosecutor's leadership on the Bundy case but says "I'm not taking sides or commenting on the case."


Activist Gavin Seim said this on Facebook quoting a "Review Journal" news report that was scrubbed from the Internet:

"He praised Myhre for his work on the "tough case, controversial case, leading the battle of law" in regard to the Bundy Trials.....


Sessions praised a prosecutor who led an effort that got US District Judge Gloria Navarro to ban the defendants in the second trial getting underway this week from using the First or Second Amendments of the Constitution to either defend themselves or in questioning potential jurors.

Former federal prosecutor and Congressman, Bob Barr, told Alex Jones on his show Thursday that the federal government needs to back down from prosecuting the 19 people indicted in the case.

Two of them,by the way, were convicted in the first trial on some charges earlier this year.   Barr also noted that they are being held without bail indefinitely with Jones adding like 'they are in North Korea'.

Monday, July 10, 2017

            KANGAROO COURT RESUMES IN NEVADA   


   ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS COMMENDS PROSECUTION IN             BUNKERVILLE TRIALS AND CLAIMS HE IS NOT TAKING SIDES

  

        JUDGE GLORIA NAVARRO AGREES WITH PROSECUTION TO LIMIT                DEFENSE IN SECOND TRIAL OF BUNKERVILLE DEFENDANTS    



The courtroom activities resumed in Las Vegas Monday July 10th at the federal courthouse with Judge Gloria Navarro trying to rig the second trial for four defendants whose trial ended in a mistrial earlier this year.

She ruled to prevent the defense from questioning potential jurors about the US Constitution and to prevent the defendants from explaining why they showed up armed at the standoff as in exercise of their First and Second Amendment rights.  

UPDATE-JULY 11th

Some personalities arrived in the courtroom on Tuesday.  Judicial activist Larry Klayman and former Congressman and federal prosecutor Bob Barr.  Courtroom observer Andrea Parker noted that the judge and federal marshals were more "on their toes" and careful in their actions in the presence of the two men.

The slipshod actions of both Judge Navarro and federal marshals and their hostility towards the defendants and those supporting them in the courtroom seemed to be less so during the hours both men were present.    

Parker has reported on and shown the tough approach in the name of "security" at the courthouse.

UPDATE JULY 12th

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Las Vegas today and he "commended" the proseuction in the Bunkerville trials and added that he was "not taking sides" in the case.

This was the cause of great consternation among supporters of the defendants who responded by saying "Sessions is not on our side".

Jury selection was completed in the afternoon in what  was described as a "Soviet style rigged process in Judge Gloria Navarro's courtroom with "males" and "ethnics" being deliberately excluded from the jury and the judge riding roughshod over defense lawyers objections to the jury selection process.