OREGON STANDOFF: FEDERAL JUDGE QUASHES RECUSAL FROM DISBARMENT OF MARCUS MUMFORD
A Senior US District Judge from Washington state, John C. Coughenour, has quashed a move by Oregon Standoff defense attorney Marcus Mumford to remove himself from the disbarment process against Mumford.
The top federal judge in Oregon, Michael Mosman, is seeking the disbarment of Mumford from the federal court in Oregon over his behavior in the first Oregon Standoff trial.
The disbarment move follows the decision by the federal government to dismiss criminal charges against Marcus Mumford, who was tackled, tased and arrested after the not guilty verdicts were read out on October 27th last year.
The federal marshals who descended on him as Mumford argued before a judge for the paperwork confirming that his client, Ammon Bundy, was to be held on charges related to the April 2014 Bunkerville Standoff in Nevada claimed Mumford was threatening them.
Judge Coughenour agreed to a request by federal prosecutors to drop the criminal charges after Mumford's lawyer asked for communications between the marshals.
Mumford's legal assistant and other defense lawyers said the federal marshals in the courtroom were antagonistic towards him.
Judge Coughenour in his quashing of Mumford's motion for him to recuse himself, wrote of Mumford trying to delay the disbarment proceeding against him.
Coughenour had previously rejected a motion by Marcus Mumford to change the record of the trial, another indication that the judge is hostile to Mumford.
A full evidentiary hearing on the disbarment of Marcus Mumford from Oregon's federal court is set for next month (January 8th and 9th) in Portland.
(EDITED, UPDATED LATER THURSDAY)