U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown said Wednesday she found it difficult to accept that the Bundy brothers — the “loud and clear leaders in this case from the beginning” — wouldn’t have time to prepare for trial by Sept. 7 and rejected their motions for any delay.
“It’s hard to believe that Ammon Bundy wasn’t already fully aware of the factual basis on which the government wishes to proceed,” Brown said. “This has been a public presentation from the beginning. It’s something that isn’t a surprise.”
She noted that Ammon and Ryan Bundy have repeatedly asserted their innocence and outlined their defense posture for occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: that they were acting on their First Amendment rights to protest federal land ownership, demonstrating against the mandatory minimum prison sentences of two Harney County ranchers and asserting their Second Amendment rights to carry firearms in self-defense.
The Bundys are among 26 defendants indicted on charges of conspiring to impede federal workers at the refuge through “intimidation, threats or force” and a weapons charge. They’ve pleaded not guilty to the conspiracy and weapons charges.
Ammon Bundy’s lawyer Marcus Mumford argued that he’s been unable to view hours of video evidence with his client while Bundy remains in custody and has faced obstacles simply trying to communicate by phone with Bundy, who was recently moved to Portland’s Inverness Jail from the downtown jail.
The challenges of reviewing videos and other electronic forms of evidence have “inhibited our ability to help in his defense,” Mumford argued. He signed onto the case in May with fellow Utah lawyer J. Morgan Philpot.
It will be remembered that conservative lawyer Larry Klayman asked to be added to the legal team at the request of the Bundy family and was refused by a different judge due to other legal questions, though it was obvious this was one more attempt by the government to crush the defendants for pushing back against Federal government overreach.
It is shocking to see this type of banana republic government tyranny, but the fix is in, and these individuals will pay a huge price for a relatively minor infraction. Also important is the fact that although the ranchers in question were legally carrying guns when the resistance was raised, they caused no violence, looting, or damage. If only they were part of the Black Lives Matter movement they would be free with an apology from the government and a check for their trouble. The only casualty was one of the ranchers who was shot in cold blooded murder by law enforcement as he was attempting to go to the next town to meet with the sheriff there, which he advised the agents surrounding the facility he was going to do.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and it seems that is the situation here. From the BLM, to the Forestry Service, to the White House, and even in the courthouse, it is clear that Federal power in the U.S. is completely out of control and must be stopped. It is also clear that the abuses will continue, and the miscarriage of justice in the Bundy case is simply one small example of government run amok.