Bundy Journalist Faces Trumped-Up Charges

Journalist are known to go to extremes for a story, to dive behind enemy lines or present a non-bias interview with people of controversy. Santilli believes he is within his rights as a journalist to have been present the day the stand-off between protestors and federal agents took place. Jeff German of the Las Vegas Review-Journal writes:

Following a hearing, Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro said she did not buy Santilli’s argument that he was a journalist covering the April 12, 2014, armed confrontation between the Bundy family and law enforcement. He hosts the Internet-based “Pete Santilli Show” from Cincinnati on YouTube.

Navarro ordered Santilli to remain behind bars after finding that he is a danger to the community and that he cannot be relied on to make his court appearances.

His lawyer, Chris Rasmussen, argued that Santilli’s free speech rights were being violated and sought the defendant’s release with conditions.

But First Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Myhre countered that the case was not about free speech, but rather about the armed assault of federal agents.

Santilli, who also is charged in the armed takeover of a government wildlife refuge in Oregon this year, was an “active participant” in the conspiracy to take back the Bundy cattle that BLM officers had rounded up in 2014, Myhre argued.

He used his talk show to recruit militia gunmen to the Bundy ranch, the prosecutor alleged.

What will they come up with next?

Source: Review Journal



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