While we are focusing on the circus playing out in the U.S. Senate during the committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, another perversion of justice is in progress in Nevada under the supervision of a circuit judge appointed by Mr. Obama.
The event is what has been called the Bunkerville Standoff Trial. The presiding judge is none other than Obama appointee Judge Gloria Navarro who has already made extraordinary statements regarding the case against Cliven Bundy.
Todd Engel, of Boundary County, Idaho, is among those fighting for his life in a Federal Courtroom in Nevada.
Engel has been representing himself, and do very well by all accounts, in the Bunkerville Standoff Trial being held in Las Vegas. He is well spoken, articulate, and personable. His arguments are well thought out and relevant.
In describing the events on April 12, 2014, he told of how everyone thought it was over, and the cows were to be released. “It was festive. It was flags and cowboys,” said Engel in his opening statement. “It doesn’t get more down home than that.” But, they soon learned that it was not true. The FBI and The BLM were still there, threatening all the protesters.
Engel had decided to represent himself after his attorney, John George, showed less-than-professional representation. There are reports of this attorney actually falling asleep during court and walking out in the middle of proceedings.
It sounds like his former attorney might be the subject of a malpractice suit. But that's for another day. Engel's problems with the court took a nasty turn for the worse.
During this week’s court proceedings, Engel cross examined an FBI agent. The prosecution objected to Engel’s questions over 50 times, yet, Todd did not allow himself to get flustered. Towards the end of his questioning, Engel asked, “Is it true that [Special Agent In Charge] Dan Love is under criminal investigation?”
The prosecution blew a gasket. All four prosecutors stood up yelling objections. They claim that Engel violated rules that prohibit the defense from discussing the criminal investigation of Love. All of this was stated in front of the jury.
Judge Gloria Navarro not only sustained their objections, but she took it a step further. Navarro told Engel that he had lost his privilege to self-representation and must now allow his standby attorney to handle all court business. Engel was no longer allowed to talk in her courtroom.
The farcical nature of these proceeding were brought to head by the following ruling of Judge Navarro.
Navarro told Engel that she would decide if he would be given the privilege of delivering his own closing arguments, and that would be based on her interpretation of his behavior and attitude through the rest of the trial.
Then, she went on to tell him that, “You, as a defendant, have only THREE rights.”
She said that he had the right to:
- Plead Guilty
- Testify on his own behalf
- Appeal his conviction
That’s it. Three rights is all he is allowed, by Navarro’s royal decree.
This same judge has banned the US Constitution in her courtroom.
As the collection of related cases work their way through the justice system, it is clear that is a dire need of doing a better job of selecting those who serve on the federal bench.
Two southern Idaho men have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in connection with a 2014 Nevada standoff with federal agents that has been woven into the fabric of issues including perceived government overreach, citizen militias, states’ rights, personal liberty and, at its most basic level, grazing rights and associated fees in the American West.
Eric Parker, 34, of Hailey, and O. Scott Drexler, 47, of Challis, both pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on Monday to one count each of misdemeanor obstruction of a court order, and both will likely be freed after a judge factors time already served at sentencing, according to the Associated Press. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in federal prison.
“Any time you’re looking at 11 felony charges and life in prison and you walk out with a misdemeanor and probation is a win,” Parker’s attorney, Jess Marchese, said, according to the Associated Press.
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