Thursday, August 17, 2017

JURY FINISHES THIRD DAY OF DELIBERATIONS AT BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF TRIAL IN LAS VEGAS


The jurors will have the next three days off before they come back to resume deliberations in the second trial of four men accused in connection with the April 12, 2014 standoff near Bundy Ranch in Clark County, Nevada.

Word is that jurors had a question today over audio portions of the videos that were presented as evidence by the prosecution.    The federal government presented some of the videos without audio.
The deleted audio may have portions that could harm the prosecutions side of the case.

Trial observer Andrea Parker expressed her view in a video posted on the "JGrady" account on You Tube late today that jurors are probably wondering why did we get audio in some of the videos and not on others.

Parker, who's husband Eric is one of the four men on trial, said there are some audio portions of federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management making remarks like " this is a shoot first and ask questions later scenario" among other things.

The defendants (Eric Parker, Steven Stewart, Scott Drexler and Ricky Lovelien) will have to wait until next week at least to find out what the jury's verdict, if any, will be.

While the deliberations are going on the men are in a room chained at their ankles, but they are allowed to have their Bibles.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

             VERDICT  WATCH  UNDERWAY AT SECOND               BUNKERVILLLE STANDOFF TRIAL IN VEGAS



The jury has finished its second day of deliberations deciding the fate of four men being tried for a second time in connection with the standoff near Bundy Ranch on April 12, 2014.

Eric Parker, Steven Stewart, Scott Drexler and Ricky Lovelien were not convicted in their first trial with the jury split on verdicts.   US District Judge Gloria Navarro then declared a mistrial.

Supporters of the four gathered outside the courthouse and staged a protest all day long.

Andrea Parker put duct tape over her mouth and was handcuffed wearing a shirt with "I am Eric Parker" written on it.  Eventually a mock jail cell was brought to the sidewalk for her to stand in.

But the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police then moved in to harass the protestors and demand removal of the mock cell.    The cell was then removed.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

         THE OREGON STANDOFF STORY CONTINUES


AMMON BUNDY'S LAWYER MARCUS MUMFORD GETS A 'FULL HEARING' TO              PRESENT EVIDENCE CONTESTING HIS DISBARMENT  ON JANUARY 8TH    

FBI AGENT ACCUSED OF LYING ABOUT SHOOTING WHEN LAVOY FINICUM WAS KILLED WILL NOT FACE TRIAL UNTIL FEBRUARY AS FEDERAL PROSECUTORS WANT RYAN BUNDY'S SHRAPNEL WOUND SUSTAINED THAT NIGHT OPENED   

PENALTY PHASE FOR NON LEADERSHIP OREGON STANDOFF DEFENDANTS WHO PLED GUILTY OR WERE FOUND GUILTY IN SECOND TRIAL    

The dramatic courtroom events that accompanied  the acquittal of Ammon Bundy and six others tried as the 'leaders' of the Oregon Standoff protest last October 27th still sears one's memory,

His lead defense lawyer Marcus Mumford was arguing for the paperwork that said the federal government could continue to hold him prisoner over the Bunkerville Standoff in 2014..

The federal government didn't produce the paperwork but the federal marshals in the courtroom descended on Mumford, tackling, tasing and arresting him.

Mumford was charged with being a disruptor of the courtroom and a threat to the federal marshals.
They actually claimed he took a threatening stance against them.

Legal wrangling led to the charges against Marcus Mumford being dropped.

But things didn't stop there.   The Chief Federal Judge in Oregon,  Michael Mosman, moved to disbar Mumford from practicing in federal courts in Oregon.

The legal wrangling over the disbarment has led to Mumford being granted a hearing on January 8th, 2018 for a full presentation of evidence to support his case against disbarment.

The trial of the FBI agent charged with lying about shooting at LaVoy Finicum's truck in the incident that resulted in Finicum's killing will not take place as originally scheduled later this month.

The new trial date for W. Joseph Astarita, who remains on the job in an "administrative capacity" for the FBI, is in February of next year.

Evidence and potential evidence is being sorted through and considered.   It was reported recently by Maxine Bernstein of "Oregon Live" that the federal prosecutor's office is talking to Ryan Bundy's lawyer.

That's because Ryan Bundy was riding in LaVoy's truck when the shooting started and said he was injured that night with a shrapnel wound.   Bundy refused to have the shrapnel removed when he was taken to a hospital after his arrest.

Bundy said he wanted to preserve the evidence there and not have it disappear.  Now the federal government thinks Bundy's shrapnel wound may be key evidence in proving Astarita lied about shooting at the truck.

A penalty phase is now underway for some who pled guilty and or were convicted in the second trial of lesser figures in the Oregon Standoff protest.

Travis Cox received two years of probation with two months house detention recently admitting he made a rash decision and a mistake in participating in the protest.

Meanwhile, Eric Lee Flores has agreed to pay 3-thousand dollars in restitution.

On Wednesday August 16th, US District Judge Anna J. Brown ordered Oregon Standoff protestor Darryl Thorn's bail revoked.  Brown put Thorn back in jail after hearing recordings of phone calls he made where he appeared to be suicidal suggesting "suicide by cop".   The calls were made to his girlfriend.  His lawyer said Thorn was going through an "emotional crisis".

Also, still in the mix is a federal government effort to get blogger Gary Hunt to take down posts on his "Outpost of Freedom" blog that outed FBI informants in the Oregon Standoff.

Both Hunt and the federal government have been filing responses to each other with the US District Court in Portland.    The government filed its latest response last week (August 8th) in its effort to find Hunt in 'civil contempt'.

Hunt posted last Thursday (August 10th)...."what we have is a government that has turned against its citizen and afforded itself the immunity that used to belong only to the King (The King can do no wrong).  Unlike those who shot civilians in the Boston Massacre, we find no government agents standing trial for the people to determine innocence or guilt, such as the Oregon State Police and the FBI HRT members involved in the murder of LaVoy Finicum...."

With the current federal game only to charge one FBI agent with lying about shooting that night how true Hunt's comments ring.

Friday, August 11, 2017

BREAKING UPDATE: JURY STUNNED AS JUDGE GLORIA NAVARRO SCOLDS DEFENDANT, STRIKES TESTIMONY IN SECOND BUNKERVILLE TRIAL


The latest on the removal of Eric Parker from the stand yesterday by US District Judge Gloria Navarro as he tried to testify in his own defense at the Second Bunkerville Standoff Trial.

There is no court today but court is expected again on Monday in Las Vegas.

Another defendant is planning to try to testify, Scott Drexler.

The defense may call on the judge to declare a mistrial in the case.

Supporters of the defendants are asking as many people as possible to come to either be witnesses in the courtroom or to protest outside.

Ammon Bundy, still in prison with no trial date set in connection with Bunkerville (April 12, 2014),  is expected to speak from prison about the trial with his comments posted on Bundy Ranch and Gavin Seim for Liberty Facebook pages.

Monday, August 7, 2017

BUNDY FAMILY MEMBER'S ATTEMPT TO DELIVER LETTER TO INTERIOR SECRETARY ZINKE STOPPED


ATTEMPT CAME WHILE RYAN ZINKE WAS MEETING WITH LOCAL RANCHERS DURING A TOUR OF SOUTHERN NEVADA-UTAH AREA AROUND BUNDY RANCH


Brianna Bundy is the wife of Mel Bundy, one of Cliven Bundy's sons arrested in connection with the April 12, 2014 Bunkerville Standoff.

Mel is jailed indefinitely without bail and still awaiting trial for around 18 months now.

She wrote a letter earlier this year to the new Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke.

Zinke visited the area around Bundy Ranch late last month and during his visit Brianna Bundy approached the site where he was meeting with local ranchers to attempt delivery of her letter.

But she was rebuffed from her attempt by Zinke's security escort and police were called to the scene.

A video of the incident was posted on Facebook by activist Kelli Stewart and also on Gavin Seim's Facebook page on Sunday July 30th.

Stewart captions her video with a message that reads in part:

"Brianna Bundy tries to deliver personal letter to Ryan Zinke to discuss ranching and water rights.  Bundy family excluded from meeting....."

Media reports noted that Zinke was visiting the Bundy Ranch area, but that he had not met members of the Bundy Family.

Shortly after this incident, Secretary Zinke cut short his visit to the area to return to Washington, reportedly for an important meeting.