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Federal prosecutors are asking an Arizona judge to give them another shot at convicting Cliven Bundy on charges related to a 2014 armed standoff between the rancher and federal agents, The Oregonian reports.
U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed charges against Bundy, his two sons and supporter Ryan Payne last month after finding federal prosecutors had lied to the court and hid exculpatory evidence that favored the defendants’ case. Navarro dismissed the case “with prejudice,” barring a retrial.
Prosecutors - Motion - Wednesday - Navarro - Solution
Prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday claiming Navarro dismissed them before considering a more appropriate solution to the civil rights violations that occurred during the trial last year, according to The Oregonian.
“This case has major ramifications for all public lands law enforcement officers,” the motion said. “Dismissing this entire case with prejudice, based on the government’s non-disclosure of mostly duplicative evidence of law enforcement’s pre-impoundment surveillance and preparation, would encourage the defendants, their supporters and the public to disrespect the law and the lawful orders of the courts.”
Men - Charges - Conspiracy - Officers - Defendants
The four men were indicted on charges of conspiracy and threatening federal officers. The defendants claimed they acted in self-defense.
Before Navarro ended the trial in a mistrial, about 3,000 pages of stifled evidence were turned over to the court.
Evidence - Defendants - Requests - Assessments - Bundy
The evidence included defendants’ requests for multiple federal assessments that showed the Bundy family was likely not violent. Prosecutors called the requests part of a “long list of frivolous and vexatious pleadings,” until a government witness, under...
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