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Bundy Trials: Prosecutors Exposed for Concealing Information AGAIN

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Prosecutor Steven Myhre is refusing to hand over audio recordings between Special Agent In Charge Daniel P. Love, BLM sniper teams, other tactical personnel, and possible informants

Prosecutors Exposed!
Concealing Information AGAIN

It’s all about protecting Special Agent Daniel P. Love

by Deb Jordan

(GMN) – PROSECUTORS in Las Vegas got back to work on Monday, and in the case of USA vs Cliven Bundy et al — it was dirty “business as usual.”

It was revealed that Steven Myhre and the Department of Justice are refusing to hand over audio recordings they are suspected of  having in their possession containing radio transmissions the defense believes are recordings between Special Agent In Charge Daniel P. Love, BLM sniper teams, other tactical personnel, and possible informants who were on the ground surveilling Bundy Ranch as far back as March in 2014.

These recordings are vital to the defense in that the indictment against rancher Cliven Bundy and his co-defendants specifically states that Mr. Bundy and several others told lies and exaggerated the situation between Bundy and the BLM for the purpose of recruiting gunmen to come and help get the rancher’s cattle back.  Up and until the first trial which began last February, the BLM denied the use of snipers and other tactical personnel during “Operation Gold Butte” the BLM’s official name for the Bundy Ranch cattle impoundment.

In dash-cam video made public during the first two trials you can clearly hear cross-talk in the background asking agents to move communications to TAC-Le Channel (329) while communicating with ICP communications director Toni Suminski, [SAC] Daniel P. Love, snipers on the mesa, and other BLM tactical gunmen in the wash.  Toni Suminski testified in court under oath in the first Bundy trial,  that recordings of those transmissions were lost after the the hard drive running the recording software had mysteriously come un-plugged during the protest on April 12, 2014.  Defense teams are now asking for recordings captured before that date ..

Suminski also admitted under oath she had shredded garbage bags full of documents concerning Operation Gold Butte that were found in a dumpster at the ICP – saying it was “routine” for her to do that.

TAC LE  Channel (329) was never mentioned in documents provided to the defense or on any of the documentation outlining  “Operation Gold Butte” plans.  The information was brought to light after a researcher listening to background chatter on dash-cam video made public during the last trial – brought it to the attention of defense attorney’s.

Snipers positioned on the Mesa above the Toquop Wash – Bundy Ranch April 12th-201

United States Park Service sharp-shooter Alexandria Burke, who was on the mesa with other snipers during the protest and trying to get a clear shot to “eliminate” Eric Parker who had taken a prone position to defend himself, is of special interest to investigators for the defense.  If there is anything on these recordings of her communicating with other snipers while she was at Bundy Ranch on or before April 12th 2014, the defense feel they are entitled to hear it.

The Jury was under-whelmed by Burkes tearful testimony in the last trial saying her testimony was uncomfortable and that she embarrassed herself and Law Enforcement.  They did not believe her testimony to be truthful.

The Incident Commander for Operation Gold Butte, SAC Daniel P. Love, has recently been found guilty of  misconduct where before and during an investigation by the Office Of The Inspector General he demanded subordinates destroy damning information about him and others pending a  Congressional inquiry.  In that investigation witnesses stated two of Love’s lap tops disappeared along with deleted emails, documents, and shredded evidence.

Love is also accused of a series of crimes including the stealing of evidence from artifacts raids he and former FBI Greg Bretzing conducted in 2009 which resulted in the suicide of three of their victims – including that of Dr. James Redd of  Blanding, Utah.  Prosecutor Steven Myhre failed to alert defense attorneys that an investigation was being conducted against their star witness who is and was Bundy’s #1 accuser.  The information was not brought to light until right before the first trial began – where Judge Gloria Navarro had already agreed to a motion filed by the Prosecution to protect SAC Love from testifying during the trial.

Rand Stover, second in command to Dan Love during Operation Gold Butte, and a key prosecution witness, was also involved in a scheme to broaden the scope of hiring practices for Daniel P. Love’s department so that Love’s friend Mark Jucca could be hired over more qualified applicants for a job with the BLM. This information was also held back from the defense by Prosecutor Myhre.

Ironically, the U.S. Attorneys office in Utah has declined prosecuting Love for  these heinous crimes while the rancher Cliven Bundy and co-defendants sit in jail awaiting trial.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah declined to file criminal charges related to evidence mishandling, said spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch, who declined comment about the decision. Megan Crandall, a land management bureau spokeswoman, said Thursday he remains an employee, but declined to elaborate.

A lawyer for Love, Lisa Kleine, did not immediately [respond to a] telephone message seeking comment, said Linsay Whitehurst of the Associated Press.

Defense attorney’s contemplate that TAC LE channel (329) was used throughout the operation from the beginning and could likely reveal much needed information that would contradict the Governments insistence that Cliven Bundy and others conspired to lie to the public to get them to come to Bundy Ranch and join in a “massive armed assault”  using a made up story about the aggressiveness of BLM special forces who were assaulting the Bundy family even before the impoundment began.  They are asking for the recordings of radio transmissions from TAC LE Channel (329) dating back to March of 2014, and so far the Government has refused those request.

Prosecutors’s and the Department of Justice have developed a pattern and history of withholding evidence from the defense for USA vs Cliven Bundy et al — say’s one researcher working on the case; During the retrial of Parker, Drexler, Stewart, and Lovelien – the names, addresses and telephone numbers of FBI personnel who were present at the protest and subsequent witnesses for the prosecution, have been removed from the witness list making it impossible for defense attorney’s to subpoena them.

Prosecutors literally refused to disclose witness information to keep the defense from being able to subpoena and question the FBI.

Gold Butte, April 2014 (Photo credit: Shannon Bushman, PeekPromotion.com)

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Bundy Trials: Did Navarro Cause the Jury to Nullify?

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Judge Navarro made every attempt to shut down the jury as she had the defense.

by Shari Dovale

The recent case of the Bunkerville Retrial ended with 34 of 40 charges to be found ‘Not Guilty’ and the remaining charges to be 11-1 in favor of acquittal by the jury.

This trial had an unusual element involved, specifically allowing the jury to ask questions of the witnesses. This is not unheard of in lower level courts, but almost never used at the Federal level. It was not allowed in the first trial of these defendants.

Judge Navarro rarely censored any jury question for the prosecution witnesses. However it became very apparent that she would not allow the jury to ask their pressing questions when it came to the defense.

Defendant Eric Parker attempted to testify, yet was removed from the witness stand by Judge Navarro after a few minutes. The jury saw this, and was left in confusion when it was not explained.

We learned from the transcripts what was said during the sidebars:

Parker was removed from the stand for mentioning the men on the hill:

The jury was left a bit dazed, as was evidenced by the looks on their faces. Parker was also stunned by Navarro’s decision, as he seemed to be making every attempt to comply with the court’s orders. The jury was not allowed to ask him any questions.

Defendant Scott Drexler was allowed to testify, in a very limited scope. When his testimony was finished, the jury submitted several questions.

The following is a list of the questions, with pertinent sidebar discussion, and Judge Navarro’s decision for each. It is apparent the jury wanted to get the information they knew was being kept from them. It is, also, obvious that at least one juror is concerned for the defendant’s Constitutional rights:

Q: No. 131, “When and how did you learn that the Long Bow agency were FBI agents?”

THE COURT: Any objection?
MS. CREEGAN: I think it’s not relevant.
THE COURT: I guess it’s relevant depending on what the answer is. Did he know at the time or afterwards? You all know this answer better than I did. It seems like he didn’t know until after the arrest; right?

MR. MARCHESE: After.
THE COURT: Okay. So, I agree. It wouldn’t be relevant.

Q: No. 132, “In your testimony you said a person with a gun has more respect. What makes a gun give you respect?”

THE COURT: Is that argumentative?

MS. CREEGAN: It seems argumentative.
THE COURT: Yeah.
MS. CREEGAN: We object on the basis that it’s argumentative.
MR. LEVENTHAL: No objection. Well, it’s not argumentative, it’s his thoughts. It’s going directly to him. It his thoughts. What he thinks. It’s not argumentative. It’s not asking for an argument. He made the statement and it’s directly on point from that statement, so . . . it just — to me, it’s more clarification for what it is that he’s saying. There’s nothing argumentative about the question or the answer.
THE COURT: I think it is argumentative. I’m not going to ask 132

Q: 133 has several parts. The first one is, “What generated your interest in the Bundy topic in the first place?”

MS. CREEGAN: Government objects that it’s going to call for — he’s going to take that license to go into something he shouldn’t have, something like five times in his
testimony he went into something he shouldn’t have and I think it’s clear he’ll take into opportunity to do that.
THE COURT: The general — the information requested in this question I don’t think is necessarily going to be more than what the defense has already elicited and does appear that it would only encourage him to get into the improper areas. So I won’t ask that question.

Q: The second question in Jury Note 133 is, “Why were you interested in protesting at this spot?”

MS. CREEGAN: That’s almost the same question, just rephrased.
MR. LEVENTHAL: It was his testimony that he went down to go protest.

THE COURT: Yeah. I agree. So it doesn’t – it’s irrelevant what the . . .

Q: Number 3 on Jury Note 133 is, “Did you feel as though the Bundy protest was an attempt to protect constitutional rights?”

MS. CREEGAN: It seems like this will call for the first and second response which has already been prohibited by Court order.
THE COURT: Yeah.

THE COURT: I agree. It doesn’t look like —

Q: last question for Jury Note 133 is, “Did you fear for the safety of other protestors on the day in question? If so, why?”

THE COURT: It gets into the area that the Court order prohibits.

Q: Jury Note 134, “When did Mr. Drexler learn he had been interviewed by undercover FBI for the documentary?”

THE COURT: So this is the same as before.
THE COURT: So it sounds like they’re trying to elicit whether he knew about it when he gave the information? I’m not sure how that . . .
MS. CREEGAN: I think if the Court asks it that way, did you know at the time you were doing it that that would be sufficient to capture what they’re asking.
THE COURT: Yeah. All right. So I’ll change it to, “Did you know at the time you gave statements?” “Did you know at the time you were interviewed for the documentary that they were FBI undercover agents?”

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Bundy: Two walk free in new Bundy trial

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PNP comment: Theo brings us up-to-date with this article. — Editor Liz Bowen

 

https://wlj.net/article-14538-two-walk-free-in-new-bundy-trial.html

Two walk free in new Bundy trial

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SEP 1, 2017

By THEODORA JOHNSON, WLJ CORRESPONDENT

— Lovelien, Steward found not guilty on 10 charges

Cliven Bundy, the major player in the April 2014 Bunkerville standoff, speaking at a forum hosted by the American Academy for Constitutional Education (AAFCE) at the Burke Basic School in Mesa, AZ, July 2014. Used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Two men involved in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff between citizens and the BLM walked free on Aug. 22. In this, the second trial related to the standoff, a federal jury found Richard Lovelien of Oklahoma and Steven Stewart of Idaho not guilty of 10 felony charges brought by the federal government.

Lovelien and Stewart had been part of what the government called a “massive, unprecedented assault on law enforcement officers” near Bunkerville, NV, which saw armed supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy square off against BLM agents who had gathered his cattle for impoundment.

Two other men—Eric Parker and Scott Drexler, both of Idaho— were also part of the standoff and tried in the most recent trial. All four men were cleared of the two most serious counts: 1) conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S.; and 2) conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer.

All four were also found not guilty of: 1) obstruction of the due administration of justice; 2) interfering with interstate commerce or travel through extortion; and 3) use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

While Lovelien and Stewart were cleared on all counts, the jury was hung on charges against Drexler and Parker relating to threatening a federal officer and carrying a firearm while threatening or assaulting a federal officer.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre, the Nevada prosecutor, has vowed to put Parker and Drexler on trial a third time for the undecided charges.

“Raising a firearm against a federal law enforcement officer, or any law enforcement officer, is a crime,” said Myhre the day after the verdict.

Though no shots were fired throughout the standoff, Parker could still face decades or even life in prison if he is found guilty of assaulting and threatening a federal officer. Drexler likely faces five to 10 years in prison if he is charged with assault of a federal officer while brandishing a firearm.

U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro, who oversaw the case, released the two but ordered them to return to her courtroom Sept. 25 for the next trial. Trial omissions

While both sides at the recent trial were prepared with arguments as to how the other side had escalated the tension at the standoff, Navarro issued an order on July 9 that limited the arguments the defense could present to the jury. For example, the defense was not allowed to talk about certain BLM actions that were perceived as brutal or excessive use of force, nor about the defendants’ constitutional beliefs.

For example, her order banned any discussion of “officer encounters with civilians during the arrest of Dave Bundy…; …officer encounters with civilians during the convoy block…; officer encounters with Ammon Bundy or Margaret Houston (who were tasered); [or] third-party/lay person testimony or opinion about the level of force displayed or used by law enforcement officers during impoundment operations…” Furthermore, Navarro prevented the jury from hearing the defendants’ constitutional arguments, such as “references to Cliven Bundy’s grazing, water, or legacy rights on the public lands” or “references to infringements on First and Second Amendment rights.”

“Defendants’ state of mind regarding their beliefs or why they were present in Bunkerville, NV, on April 12, 2014, is not relevant to the charged offenses,” said Navarro in her order.

She also prohibited “references to punishment the defendants may face if convicted of the offenses.”

In addition, she prohibited discussion that could lead to jury nullification, which occurs when a jury acquits a defendant, even though the government proved guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

“The Court will not permit argument, evidence, or testimony regarding Defendants’ beliefs about the constitution [sic] as such beliefs are irrelevant and a possible jury nullification attempt,” she wrote in the order.

The standoff

This most recent trial was the second related to the April 2014 Bunkerville standoff, which saw hundreds of people travel from other states to provide armed support to Bundy, who was resisting a courtordered gather of his cattle by BLM.

Bundy had been running his cattle on BLM land without a permit since 1993. He stopped paying his grazing fees following a dispute over a mandated stocking rate reduction related to the threatened status of the desert tortoise. Instead, he attempted to pay grazing fees to his county, claiming the federal government lacks the constitutional authority to own the land. BLM has cited multiple threats by Bundy to do “whatever it takes” to protect his grazing rights.

During the week leading up to the April 12, 2014 standoff, the BLM attempted to gather Bundy’s cattle.

Bundy gave speeches about what he believed to be his constitutional rights, and called for supporters—even militia—to come to Bunkerville. Adding to the tension were reports from the Bundys that BLM was abusing their cattle and destroying their property during the roundup.

The standoff culminated in a dry riverbed on April 12, where armed federal agents guarded corrals of Bundy’s gathered cattle. The agency had created a “First Amendment zone” where citizens were allowed to stand. BLM agents announced to the protestors over a megaphone that if they proceeded toward the corrals, BLM would open fire.

During the most recent trial, the federal government explained in court its reasoning for being heavily armed, and for bringing the assault charges against the defendants.

“Evidence of concert of action, e.g., over 40 individuals with their firearms in a readily deployable condition, like Parker, converging on the BLM’s location, is highly probative of conspiracy, assault, and extortion,” the government motion stated.

Government witnesses presented evidence why “a reasonable officer would be in fear or apprehension of imminent death or bodily injury.” One law enforcement agent allegedly testified that he’d had to dig a foxhole and sleep in the ground the night before the standoff, because federal intelligence suggested the hotel where he was staying may be targeted by protesters.

Convoluted cases

All told, 19 armed citizens were arrested in connection with the standoff, some nearly two years after the events. Most of them have been in prison for the past 19 months without bail, while two of them pleaded guilty in August of 2016. Though neither was actually present at the standoff, Blaine Cooper and Gerald DeLemus pleaded guilty of several counts, including conspiring, assault on a federal officer, and displaying force and aggression with a firearm.

The first trial related to the standoff was held in April and involved six men: Lovelien; Stewart; Parker; Drexler; Gregory Burleson of Arizona; and Todd Engel of Idaho. The jury came to an agreement on only two of them, finding Burleson guilty of threatening and assaulting a federal officer, and Engel guilty of obstruction and traveling across state lines in aid of extortion.

Since the jury had been unable to come to agreement on the other four, a second trial—the one that ended on Aug. 22—was scheduled.

In light of the third trial planned for later this month, the trials for the remaining 11 defendants arrested in connection to the Bunkerville standoff remaining in prison will be postponed once again. Those 11, which a federal judge considered to be likely more culpable than the first set of defendants, will be split into two groups for trial.

The first group will be comprised of Cliven Bundy; his sons Ammon and Ryan; Pete Santilli; and Ryan Payne. The last group to face trial will be Bundy sons Dave and Mel; Joseph O’Shaughnessy; Brian Cavalier; Jason Woods; and Micah McGuire. — Theodora Johnson, WLJ correspondent

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POT growers arrested for allegedly trying to bribe Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey

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PNP comment: Just you watch — Siskiyou County will be called ‘racist’ from this situation. BUT, let everyone know that Siskiyou County ELECTED the 1st BLACK SHERIFF in the State of California in 1986 — OVER 30 YEARS AGO — Charlie Byrd, who was re-elected 3 more times! — Editor Liz Bowen

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08/31/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/01/2017 06:39

Alleged Marijuana Growers In Siskiyou County Charged For Conspiring To Bribe Sheriff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Chi Meng Yang, 31, of Montague, and his sister Gaosheng Laitinen, 36, of Mt. Shasta Vista, were charged today for conspiring to commit bribery, bribery of a public official, conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, and manufacturing marijuana, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to the criminal complaint, on May 17, 2017, Yang met with Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey in Yreka. During the meeting, Yang offered $1 million to the Sheriff in exchange for his assistance with an interstate marijuana distribution business that Yang and others were in the process of organizing.

Yang explained his role to be that of a representative for several families, himself included, that were currently cultivating marijuana in Siskiyou County. After the meeting, the Sheriff immediately reported it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Federal agents asked the Sheriff to continue meeting with Yang.

At the request of, and in conjunction with the FBI and DEA, the Sheriff contacted Yang and indicated a willingness to work with him and the marijuana growers he represented. The subsequent meetings were audio and video recorded by the FBI. Laitinen attended some of those meetings. During those meetings, Yang and Laitinen talked with the Sheriff about how he could assist them.

Because Yang’s offer of $1 million was contingent on Yang securing and profiting from certain out-of-state marijuana licenses, Yang and Laitinen promised to pay the Sheriff a total of $80,000 if he would exempt eight properties from the Siskiyou County ban against outdoor marijuana grows. They sought protection from raids or other law enforcement actions on these eight properties where outdoor marijuana was being grown.

In furtherance of this plan, Yang and Laitinen gave the Sheriff several initial payments, totaling $10,500 in cash. These funds were immediately turned over to the FBI as evidence.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), North State Marijuana Investigation Team (NSMIT), Tehama Interagency Drug Enforcement (TIDE), Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force (SINTF), Siskiyou Unified Major Investigations Team (SUMIT), and California Highway Patrol (CHP). Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael M. Beckwith is prosecuting the case.

Yang was arrested today and is scheduled to make an initial court appearance on September 1, 2017, in Sacramento. If convicted of the charges in the complaint, Yang and Laitinen face the following maximum statutory penalties: (1) five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy charge; (2) 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the bribery charge; and (3) a minimum of five years and up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine for the drug charges. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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Klamath National Forest: Update on Eclipse Fires 9-1-17

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Eclipse Complex Update, September 1, 2017
Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests

Crews Hold Lines Along Thompson Creek and Highway 96 as Fires Merge

Acres:  76,100 acres (from Infrared flight last night)          Cause:  Lightning
Containment:  25%                                                            Oak Fire:  57,500 acres
Cedar Fire:  8,450 Acres (includes Four Mile Fire)             Young Fire:  2,800 acres
Total personnel:  1,001

While crews continue strengthening and lengthening containment lines around communities, the Oak Fire spread north up Clear Creek in the Siskiyou Wildness and has nearly merged with the Young Fire. The Oak Fire remains east of the South Fork of the Smith River and is holding there. Areas between the Cedar and Four Mile fires burned out and the two fires have merged. They will now be referred to as the Cedar Fire. Containment lines west of Indian Creek are near completion to protect the Indian Creek drainage, should the Oak Fire move east in the Siskiyou Wilderness. Key primary containment lines are holding and being strengthened on the Four Mile Fire north of Thompson Creek and the Oak Fire along Benjamin Creek west of Happy Camp. Containment of these lines will require several days of additional patrol and mop-up by crews to remove any remaining heat near the lines. Crews made progress on the Oak Fire’s western side, constructing containment and contingency lines from Bear Basin Butte along Blue Ridge toward Sugarloaf Mountain. A contingency line is also being built from Ship Mountain south to Muslatt Mountain.

Today, fire crews are focused on strengthening primary containment lines, while extending important contingency lines to protect Indian Creek and mopping up and holding existing containments lines around Happy Camp.

Oak Fire:  On the Oak Fire’s southeast flank, crews will continue to improve, hold and mop-up containment lines near Benjamin Creek and other developed areas along Highway 96. The fire is expected to continue backing down to Highway 96, where roll-out of material continues. One-way traffic control will continue west of Happy Camp to keep the highway open while providing for public and firefighter safety. Crews will continue improving primary and contingency lines west of Indian Creek from Boulder Peak north to Kelly Lake. On the Oak Fire’s western flank, heavy equipment and crews will continue constructing indirect line construction along Blue Ridge, west of the South Fork of the Smith River, as a contingency line should the fire spot across the River. The Oak Fire is expected to continue to move north up Clear and Preston creek drainages and will likely join with the Young Fire today.

Cedar Fire:  Crews will continue to mop and patrol along Thompson Creek. Contingency lines along existing roads have been constructed on the west side of the Cedar Fire to prevent it from spreading west. Handline along the Fire’s east flank is preventing the fire from spreading east. Crews are monitoring the eastward spread of the Cedar Fire toward Red Butte Wilderness. The fire has crossed the ridgeline between Pyramid Peak and Figurehead Mountain at the wilderness boundary, where it showed little movement due to sparse fuels.

Young Fire:  Growth of the Young Fire has been held in check on the west and south flanks by a 2015 burn scar. On the Young Fire’s east flank, the fire continues to back into the Clear Creek Drainage toward the Oak Fire.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 9:00 a.m. today. Gusty northeast winds are expected to develop today with extremely dry conditions. Wind speeds are expected to be 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 on ridge tops. Temperatures are expected to range from 85 to 100.

Heavy smoke is expected to continue in valley bottoms below an inversion layer. Residents of Happy Camp seeking clean air may visit the Karuk Senior Center between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Detailed smoke forecasts and information on smoke impacts can be found on the California Smoke Blog at californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com.

Highway 96 west of Happy Camp remains open with the following restrictions for public and firefighter safety:  The highway is closed each morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and each evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to allow for heavy firefighter traffic as day and night shifts rotate. During all other hours, one-way traffic control with a pilot car will be in place from 2.5 miles southwest of Happy Camp to south of Clear Creek Ranch. Delays range from 30 minutes to more than an hour, due to fire activity, heavy smoke and falling rock debris. This traffic control will be in place for as long as necessary to ensure safety. Refer to Caltrans for the latest information on road closures:  www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/display.php?page=sr36.

The Limited Evacuation Warning remains in effect for the area directly southwest of the Happy Camp Airport through the Clear Creek Area. To receive updates on changes to evacuation notices, residents should register with CodeRed, which has been instituted by Siskiyou County for rapid reverse 911 automated calls. To register for CodeRed, go to:  www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.

Fire Area Closure Orders:  Closures have been executed for roads and trails near many of the wildfires, including the Pacific Crest Trail, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. Additional information about the closures and fires is available on Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511 and at key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet.

One Less Spark – One Less Wildlife:  Firefighters ask that you be extremely careful and prevent new fire starts. Review fire restrictions on the Klamath and Six Rivers national forest websites and help firefighters.

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Ryan Bundy Holds the Key – Burns Chronicles

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August 30, 2017

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Ryan Bundy Holds the Key

Burns Chronicles No 59

by Gary Hunt
August 30, 2017

On January 26, 2016, several people, in two private vehicles were on their way to a scheduled meeting John Day, Oregon. While in a forested area, with extremely poor, if not non-existent, cell phone coverage, they were set upon by modern day highwaymen (highwaymen were people who stopped travelers and robbed them). The driver and passengers of the second vehicle submitted to the demands of the heavily armed interlopers, at gunpoint, to leave the vehicle and sit on the side of the snow-covered roadway.

The driver second vehicle, a white pick-up truck, following the exit of one of the passengers, sped away, seeking the assistance of a peace officer, Sheriff Glenn Palmer, of Grant County, Oregon. However, within a couple of miles they found that the highwaymen had set up a barricade across the road, barring passage. The highwaymen, hidden behind their vehicles, began firing shots at the white truck. This forced the truck off the road, where some rather adept driving may have saved one of the highwaymen’s life, by swerving, at the last moment.

The truck then came to a stop, and the driver, LaVoy Finicum, exited. In the back seat were three people; Shawna Cox, Victoria Sharp, and Ryan Bundy. Bundy sat on the left and Cox on the right.

Having already been shot at, there was concern for the safety of the party. Finicum, in an effort to draw fire away from those still in the truck, began moving towards the rear and away from the truck.

There were lots of loud noises. Some from 40 mm projectiles of rubber bullets and tear gas (OSP recovered 13 40 mm casings), others from flash-bang type grenades. Included, however, were two shots that came from the left-rear of the truck. One hit the top of the truck and one broke the driver side rear window. The round that broke the window may well have hit the side of the truck, pressuring the window to break, and deflecting into the shoulder of Ryan Bundy. This is the more logical explanation, as the velocity of the bullet, absent any other external resistance, should have penetrated much further than the fleshy part of Bundy’s shoulder.

Now, this gets interesting since the Oregon State Police (OSP) had to account for shots fired, though they could not account for two shots. Shell casings were missing, and the rather perplexing task resulted in speculation regarding the bullet impact on the driver’s side of the truck. Their conclusion was that it must have come from the shooter that fired three shots as the white truck approached the highwaymen, as shown in this OSP exhibit:

   
 

The government tried to attribute the shot at the rear door to the three shots fired as the vehicle approached the barricade. However, this does not quite work, as if you look at the yellow line in the third image. You see that if it did hit the truck, it would be a glancing strike. It would have been deflected upon impact, and the initial point of impact would be the most damaged. Any additional damage would have been less, as the bullet was deflected away from the truck body. As you can see, the greater impact was on the right side of the gap between the door and frame.

We must consider the possibility that the shot came from the left rear of the truck, which was the location of the FBI HRT (Hostage Rescue Team) members, including FBI HRT SA W. Joseph Astarita. Its initial impact would be the greatest, then, if it dented the side of the truck sufficiently, it would possibly enter the door, itself, behind the sheet metal surface. Upon impacting the door bracket that holds the window in place, if it exerted pressure on that frame, it could cause sufficient pressure for the window, itself, to buckle, spewing out pieces of glass when it burst, as seen in the video (linked below), rather than a break because of a direct impact by a bullet.

That same bullet could then deflect off the door/window frame and enter Ryan Bundy’s shoulder moving upward into the fleshy part, from the rear of the shoulder, as Ryan had turned to the right, and had bent over in an effort to protect the women.

Now, the question is, is that a bullet in Ryan’s shoulder? Well, the medical records from Harney District Hospital, in Burns, where Ryan was taken after the highwaymen kidnapped him and the others, except LaVoy, who lay dead where he fell after being shot in the back three times. The hospital reports indicate that there was “oozing” bleeding from Ryan’s right shoulder. Some of the language used in various reports from the hospital includes a written notation, “… consistent with bullet fragment versus other metallic foreign bodies.” Then, in two typed reports, we find, ” INDICATIONS: Gunshot wound to right shoulder”, and ” INDICATIONS: penetrating gunshot wound”. So, based on the X ray and the medical reports made within hours of the shooting, there can be little doubt that the highwaymen shot Ryan Bundy.

Now, considering where the shot probably hit, LaVoy had just exited the truck, and Ryan Bundy had just leaned over to protect the women. It is obvious that the shooter did not hit his target; perhaps he flinched, or is just a bad shot. However, every indication is that Astarita was trying to murder either LaVoy Finicum or Ryan Bundy, or both.

Here is what appears to be the scenario that resulted in a bullet in Ryan Bundy’s shoulder:

Now, some will suggest that it was a bullet that shattered the window, as seen in the video of this moment in time.  There are three versions:

Real Time (0:56)

Half Speed Slow Motion (1:51)

Quarter Speed Slow Motion (3:42)

Now, most people believe that the window that shattered was shattered when hit by a bullet.  To put their minds to rest, when a bullet strikes a safety-glass window, it leaves a hole about the size of the projectile.  Then there is a much-disrupted area of extremely shattered glass, though still bound by the plastic, usually just a few inches in diameter.  Finally, there is some cracking outside of that radius.

Why is this so important?  Well, Maxine Bernstein, Oregon Live, made the point in her recent article, “LaVoy Finicum Shooting: Prosecutors seeking missing shell casings, metal fragment from Ryan Bundy’s shoulder“, dated August 3, 2017.  Maxine has covered the entire story, from the courtroom standpoint, from the beginning.  In this article, she seems to have a little insight into what may be the defense’s strongest argument, a lack of evidence, when she wrote:

The case against an FBI agent charged with lying about firing two shots at Oregon standoff spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum most likely will turn on expert testimony about the validity of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office investigation, a defense lawyer said Thursday.

No one reported that they saw or heard agent W. Joseph Astarita fire and no direct evidence exists linking any bullet or shell casing to Astarita’s rifle, one of his lawyers said.

Prosecutors countered that the investigation continues and revealed for the first time that not only are shell casings from Astarita’s alleged shots missing, but so are shell casings from some of the Oregon State Police shots fired at the Jan. 26, 2016, roadblock.

Eight shots were fired. Six shell casings in roadway are all gone,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Pam Holsinger, chief of the Criminal Division in the Oregon U.S. Attorney’s Office. She didn’t elaborate. State troopers fired six of the eight shots, with the other two eventually linked to Astarita, investigators and prosecutors said.

Astarita is charged with three counts of making a false statement (18 US Code §1001) and two counts of obstruction of justice (18 US Code §1512(b)(3)).  What he is not charged with is, though it has become apparent that he did in fact, attempt to murder LaVoy Finicum and/or Ryan Bundy.  As indicated by Maxine’s article, the prosecution is suggesting that there is no evidence — not of murder, rather, that Astarita lied.

Astarita was first scheduled to stand trial beginning August 29. The trial was been designated :complex” (Yes, that is what they have done in both the Burns and Bunkerville trials) and rescheduled to February 27, 2018.

The roof shot was a shot taken at an occupied vehicle, a criminal offense under state law.  The door shot, described above, was taken while LaVoy was still just outside of his door and Ryan was huddled over Victoria Sharp.  The shot was fired just between the two of them, indicating that in Astarita’s haste, he simply missed his mark.

Back on March 5, 1770, the King’s soldiers fired on and killed five people.  They stood trial before a jury of citizens, though were found not guilty because they had a right to self-defense.  However, both the laws and the people had a right to determine what they government could do, and what it could not do.

On January 26, 2016, a government “soldier” (armed with military grade weapon and accoutrements) attempted to kill, or at least, recklessly endangered the occupants of the white truck.  He is not charged with such a crime, even though one of the occupants sustained a gunshot wound.  Instead, he is charged with being dishonest and impeding an investigation.  That would never have happened if we were still under the King.  Instead, we have the hens (the United States Attorney and the FBI) guarding the foxhouse (the FBI), so, well, we know, now, just how this may end.

LaVoy Finicum

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Dan Love Will Not Be Prosecuted

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August 29, 2017

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Dan Love Will Not Be Prosecuted

by Staff

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah declined to file criminal charges related to evidence mishandling against BLM Special Agent Daniel P. Love.

Though there were multiple scandalous allegations of breaking the law, including using his influence to get tickets to a sold-out Burning Man festival, telling an employee to delete some emails that contained bureau information requested by then-U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, and telling a federal employee to take seized stones known as moqui marbles out of an evidence room so he could give them away as gifts.

The Associated Press tells us:

The report states that Love in the spring of 2016 told a federal employee to take seized stones known as moqui marbles out of an evidence room so he could give them to a contractor who had done work on the agency’s building in Salt Lake City.


The employee told investigators he had “bad feeling” about taking them from the evidence room, but followed instructions because Love was a law enforcement officer and “scary.”

Several other employees also had the stones, and one told investigators that Love was “giving them out like candy.

This is just one of the violations Love has been investigated for. Love declined to be interviewed by investigators and refused to turn over his government-issued laptops saying they’d been lost. According to the investigative report, he previously told colleagues that he planned to do this if he ever got in trouble.

Love was the Special Agent in Charge of the Bunkerville Standoff in April 2014. Though his testimony was a key part of obtaining the indictments against Cliven Bundy and multiple other defendants, Love was not called as a witness in the recent trials. Complaints of violating the defendants Sixth Amendment rights to face their accusers fell on deaf ears.

Sixth Amendment:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

The government has stated they will continue to prosecute citizens for their being at the standoff in Bunkerville, though multiple juries have found these same citizens not guilty of most of the charges. The most recent jury deadlocked on only 6 of 40 charges, with reports of only a single holdout juror.

Currently, a third trial on the same charges is scheduled for September. Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, as well as multiple other defendants, have been held for a year and a half without bail, still awaiting their day in court.

Yet, the government continues to protecting their own. Dan Love will get away with alleged multiple violations while the citizens sit and languish in jail over charges two juries have rejected so far.

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Federal Land Grab Was Completely Illegal

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Federal gov & land grabs, Lawsuits, Liberty

August 28, 2017

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Why Trump Should Pardon Bundys & Their Supporters

Federal land grab was completely illegal

by Roger Stone

(InfoWars) – Last week a Nevada jury dealt another blow this week to the government’s case against participants in an armed uprising against federal agents three years ago involving the family of rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters.

The jury acquitted two men, Richard Lovelien and Steven Stewart, of all 10 charges against them, and two others, Eric Parker and O. Scott Drexler, on most counts. The jury deadlocked on the remaining charges against Parker and Drexler, and then Judge Gloria Navarro an appointee of President Obama hand- picked by Harry Reid, declared a mistrial.

Navarro’s conduct in the case and her efforts to cook the results of the next trial by denying the defendants any real defense. Navarro knows that no matter how outrageous her conduct the X circuit, the most politically activist liberal would be unable to overturn her rulings and all the Bundy defendants will have died in prison before the US Supreme Court could hear this case.

Pete Santilli is currently the longest held journalist in United States history.

This recent result was despite a concerted effort by Judge Gloria Navarro to deny the due-process rights of the defendants. Navarro has refused to release the Bundy’s and their supporters including journalist Pete Santilli under pre-trial release even none have prior criminal records, leaving them to languish in a squalid Nevada for 18 months and has ordered that they remain shackled during their trial. Navarro has denied the Bundy’s attorneys the right to mount a First, Second or Fourth Amendment defense. She also refused to let jurors hear a BLM radio transmission which features the order to attack the Bundy ranch and refused to allow final arguments by the defendant’s attorneys.

This was the second trial for the four men, who had been accused of conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, among other charges. A jury in April deadlocked on all charges against them.

Now, incredibly the Government has announced its intention to try Parker and Drexler a third time! Thirty days after the third “re-trial” of Parker & Drexler the next set of Bundy Ranch Defendants will have their trial, including Cliven Bundy, his sons, and journalist Pete Santilli whose only crime seems to be his coverage of the dispute as a news story. Six other accused, which include two other sons of Clive Bundy, are awaiting trial sometime in 2018.

The four were in Bunkerville, Nevada in April 2014, when rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons rallied armed militia and other supporters to face off against agents with the federal Bureau of Land Management who had come to impound Bundy’s cattle.

The Bundys’ fight against the federal government began decades earlier as a dispute over grazing land for the family’s cattle.

To understand this case and why the Department of Justice is determined to deny the Bundys and their supporters their right to a fair and speedy trial it is necessary to dig deeper into the situation and the involvement of Sen. Harry Reid

The Bundy Family has been on their family land in the Gold Butte area of Nevada since 1877.  This is long before the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ever existed. When the BLM started changing laws by fiat, many, including the Bundy Family, accused the Feds of overtaking state sovereignty.

One such created law forbids cattle from grazing on Federal land in the name of protecting an endangered tortoise. Bundy Family and friends claim that this is preposterous, and nothing but a display of Federal government gone bad. All of their attempts to redress their grievances with the Government were rebuffed or ignored outright.  The Bundy family continued to disagree and refused to comply, being suspicious of the Feds motives.

Cliven Bundy

Although the facts are still unclear, many analysts are claiming that the Public Lands on which Bundy’s cattle grazed are not only heavy in mineral deposits but are also set to become an oil and gas fracking project.  Gold Butte area was used for exploratory energy drilling and could hold untapped energy sources. The BLM already has a track record of auctioning fracking leasing rights to energy companies. While it might be about oil, one thing is clear, it is definitely about solar. Senator Harry Reid (D Nev.) was involved in an expansion of a solar power project that needed the Gold Butte area to deploy more solar panels (and therefore had to remove Bundy’s cattle by force).

The original stated intent of the BLM and associates was to close off the federal land from the Bundy Ranch and remove the trespassing cattle, not to launch an all-out assault on the ranch in Waco fashion.

Longtime Reid policy adviser Kornze was confirmed by the Senate as BLM director (formerly its principal deputy director) on April 8, 2014, just a few days before federal authorities were descending on the cattle ranch. Coincidence?

In a March 14, 2014 press release, the BLM announced support for “the Western Solar Energy Plan, a two-year planning effort conducted on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Energy to expand domestic energy production and spur development of solar energy on public lands in six western states.”  While this press release can be found easily on the Internet, it has been conspicuously removed.  The agency clearly wanted Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.

Erasing history is a BLM hallmark.  BLM had also posted on its website a document stating that the agency wanted Bundy’s cattle off the land as part of a mitigation strategy for such solar panel power stations. BLM removed it when the standoff became national news.

“Non-governmental organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle,” (Bundy’s) the document states.

The BLM wanted Cliven Bundy out of the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area so the agency could use the land for future solar projects, including one represented by Reid’s son Rory (ENN Energy Group via Chinese government).

Reid has been accused by ranchers in Nevada of using the BLM to control Nevada land, over 84 percent of which is already owned by the federal government.  He also uses this power to pay back special interests, including his top donor, Harry Whittemore, who first urged Reid to have the habitat of the desert tortoise moved.  That was before he was convicted of violating federal election laws by illegally funneling $150,000 to Reid’s 2007 re-election campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Credit: First Solar Media press release via Business News)

Harry Reid can be seen in a March 2014 photo breaking ground for a new solar farm near the Bundy Ranch, emphasizing that the senator’s plan for solar projects in Nevada wasn’t just limited to the shelved solar farm near Laughlin. About 35 miles from the Bundy homestead in Bunkerville, Nevada, Sen. Reid joined representatives from the Moapa Band of Paiutes, executives from First Solar, Inc. and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for the groundbreaking ceremony on March 21. “First Solar is thrilled to celebrate this important milestone with Sen. Reid and distinguished guests, and honored to work with the Moapa Band of Paiutes on this landmark project,” Jim Hughes, the CEO of First Solar.

Concerns about the environment and ecology of the federal lands in question were conveniently missing when the land was opened up for Harry Reid’s pet projects with Chinese businesses. This evidence is damning; it shows government collusion between Senator Harry Reid and his former senior advisor who had become the director of the BLM, as well as Reid’s son Rory Reid, the chief representative for a Chinese energy firm that was planning to build a $5 billion solar plant on public land in Nevada.

It is estimated that it would cost around $3 million to round up all 900 of Bundy’s cattle, enough money to have kept the tortoise conservation open another three years. It’s clear the Federal Government was not being honest about their methods and intentions. Either way, they had no business infringing on the rights of the Bundy family in the name of protecting turtles.

As far as the turtles go, later it turns out that the BLM was about to euthanize several hundred of these tortoises in part because of a lack of funding for the conservation (remember that $3 million allocated to the round-up?), and many were actually euthanized by US Fish and Wild Life.  An interesting side note, recent research has suggested that there is a direct correlation between the number of cattle and the number of tortoises, and an elimination of cattle has a direct negative impact on the turtle population.  The tortoises seem to need the cattle!

Because the Bundy Family were one of the last hold-outs, as many of their neighbors had already been forced out of the cattle business, they were subjected to their cattle being rounded up in retaliation for unpaid ‘grazing fees.’

Feds began rounding up cattle with the excuse they were protecting the endangered desert tortoise.  They were not gentle about it either, literally running the cattle to death.

The Feds were illegally and purposefully killing cattle off in the raid, using backhoes to bury some in shallow graves, and load other carcasses onto dump trucks. When the Bundy Family and supporters investigate the whereabouts of their cattle and what was happening to them, the BLM respond by assaulting a cancer patient (Margaret Houston), unleashing attack dogs on protesters, and tazed Ammon Bundy multiple times.

Cliven Bundy then called on the sheriff to start arresting BLM agents for trespassing and theft.  While sympathetic, the sheriff was unable to stop the confrontations.

People started to notice, and people voiced their support for the Bundy Family, many in person. When Bundy started gaining even wider-spread support, the Feds erected ‘free-speech’ zones.

After Bundy’s ‘violated’ their zone to film the round-up, the BLM blared loudspeaker warnings, and four snipers pointed guns at them.  When Dave Bundy didn’t comply, the Feds sicced at a vicious police dog on him and had him arrested.

In order to hide their doings, the government declares a ‘no-fly’ zone over the ranch to prevent embarrassing footage from the media showing the ‘bovine concentration camp’ where large numbers of cattle are being stuffed into small enclosures. The Feds also create mass burial graves of those cattle unable to survive the stressful ordeal of being ‘herded’ by a low flying helicopter.

Cliven Bundy, having had enough, makes the claim that he is prepared to become a martyr to protect liberty and freedom vs. Government ‘tyranny.’

More and more Americans become outraged and gather in support. Patriot and militia groups arrive to protect the peace.

The Governor of Nevada orders that the ‘free-speech’ zones be dismantled, and warns BLM about their ‘atmosphere of intimidation,’ and recommends BLM reconsider its approach on the constitutional rights of Nevadans.

BLM officials agreed to cease their operation to seize Bundy’s cattle after a massive public backlash. Bundy then demanded that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie disarm BLM officials and return his stolen cows. When this didn’t happen, hundreds of Bundy supporters, including cowboys on horseback, descended on a nearby cattle pen outside of Mesquite where the seized cows were being held.

In a tense standoff, armed BLM feds, backed up by at least one SWAT team, threatened to shoot at Bundy supporters if they marched any closer to a line of vehicles. Refusing to back down, the protesters marched straight past the armed men and towards the cattle pen.

Supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute

According to Piute County commissioner Darin Bushman: I was just told by commissioner Collins of Clark County NV that all of us folks from Utah are a bunch of “inbred bastards” and if we are coming to Clark County NV to support Cliven Bundy we all “better have funeral plans”. We should “turn our asses around on mind our own f-ing business”.  Classy leadership for all to see.

Cliven Bundy later claims that he would have been happy to pay ‘grazing-fees,’ as long as it went to the state of Nevada and benefit the local community. But not to the unaccountable Federal government who had been illegally harassing them for years.

Prized Bull (Bundy Ranch Facebook).

If the Federal government were truly concerned about the welfare of the turtles, they would have stopped the development in Southern Las Vegas, not Bundy’s grazing cattle.

Never in the history of America has the government called out snipers, helicopters, assault troops and restricted air space to save any animal… not even the American Bald Eagle, much less a reptile. The U.S. government treated the Bundy Ranch like a Middle-Eastern war zone.

Harry Reid and those against the Bundy Family begin to refer to them and their supporters as ‘domestic terrorists.’

Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land, over 84% of which is owned by the federal government.  The reason he wants this control is to pay back special interests.

BLM has proven that they have a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area.

The development of solar farms just like this one is exactly why Sen. Reid was using the BLM, whose director is Reid’s former senior advisor, to push Bundy out of the Gold Butte area.

The simple fact is the feds were using the Bureau of Land Management to bully and intimidate ranchers like Bundy, pushing them off public land in order to pave the way for lucrative “green energy” projects backed by the Communist Chinese government and linked to Nevada Senator Harry Reid.

FOX Legal Analyst Judge Napolitano said the feds were forced to back down because they had suffered a public relations nightmare, pointing out that Bundy lost his case in a federal court but that the case should have been tried in a state court. “The federal judiciary should not be deciding what land the federal government owns,” said Napolitano, adding that the feds should have placed a lien against Bundy’s property to collect grazing fees and not conducted a raid backed up by armed agents to seize his private property.

“The government’s option is to take the amount of money he owes them and docket it, that is, file the lien on his property….the federal government could have done that, instead they wanted this show of force,” said Napolitano, adding, “They swooped in….with assault rifles aimed and ready and stole this guy’s property, they stole his cattle, they didn’t have the right to do that, that’s theft and they didn’t have the right to do that, that’s theft and they should have been arrested by state officials”

Instead of doing the right thing, Federal judges, prosecutors, investigators, and more have all done the wrong thing.  At each opportunity where the situation could have been de-escalated, it was instead escalated.

There can be no more clear and egregious overreach of Federal power than is being demonstrated in the case of the Bundy Family. The third retrial of Parker and Drexler requires the written approval of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Incredibly, Sessions visited Nevada during the first trial and blurted out praise of the prosecutors oblivious to the fact that such public comment by the highest law enforcement official in the nation tainted the trial and could have been grounds for dismissal.

I have called upon US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to call Judge Navarro to hearings to explain her denial of the due process for the Bundy Ranch defendants. No person, not even Reid stooge Navarro is above the law.

On July 15th I called upon President Donald J. Trump to review the actions of both the BLM and the Department of Justice in this case and to use his pardon authority to end this travesty and immediately release all of the Bundy Family members as well as their supporters who have been locked-up by an out-of-control Federal government that seeks to intimidate and subjugate through the abuse of brute force. I appeal again to the President for mercy and justice.

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Bundy trials: Prosecutor vows 3rd trial for 2 in Bundy ranch standoff case — they were just acquitted by jury this week

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, CORRUPTION, Courts, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs

Prosecutor vows 3rd trial for 2 in Bundy ranch standoff case

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Nevada vowed a third trial Wednesday for two men accused of armed assault on a federal officer in …

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Nevada jury refuses to convict in Bundy ranch 2014 standoff

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Courts, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs

PNP comment: Some good news on the Bundy case, yet they all remain in lock-up pending their trials or retrails. The federal government court system is a dictatorship. — Editor Liz Bowen

Las Vegas Sun

August 22, 2017

Jury refuses to convict in Bundy ranch standoff

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The stand-off between the Bureau of Land Management and supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy near Bunkerville is shown April 12, 2014. The BLM eventually called off its roundup of Bundy cattle citing safety concerns.

Published Tue, Aug 22, 2017 (4:09 p.m.)

Updated 2 hours, 36 minutes ago

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BLM-Bundy Standoff: April 12, 2014

A federal jury in Las Vegas refused Tuesday to convict four defendants who were retried on accusations that they threatened and assaulted federal agents by wielding assault weapons in a 2014 confrontation to stop a cattle roundup near the Nevada ranch of states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy.

In a stunning setback to federal prosecutors planning to try the Bundy family patriarch and two adult sons later this year, the jury acquitted Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart of all 10 charges, and delivered not-guilty findings on most charges against Scott Drexler and Eric Parker.

More than 30 defendants’ supporters in the courtroom broke into applause after Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro ordered Lovelien and Stewart freed immediately and set Wednesday morning hearings to decide if Parker and Drexler should remain jailed pending a government decision whether to seek a third trial.

“Random people off the streets, these jurors, they told the government again that we’re not going to put up with tyranny,” said a John Lamb, a Montana resident who attended almost all the five weeks of trial, which began with jury selection July 10.”They’ve been tried twice and found not guilty,” Bundy family matriarch Carol Bundy said outside court. “We the people are not guilty.”

A first trial earlier this year lasted two months and ended in April with a different jury finding two defendants — Gregory Burleson of Phoenix and Todd Engel of Idaho — guilty of some charges but failing to reach verdicts against Drexler, Parker, Lovelien and Stewart.

Prosecutors characterized the six as the least culpable of 19 co-defendants arrested in early 2016 and charged in the case, including Bundy family members. With the release of Lovelien and Stewart, 17 are still in federal custody.

The current jury deliberated four full days after more than 20 days of testimony. The six men and six women returned no verdicts on four charges against Parker — assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal officer and two related counts of use of a firearm — and also hung on charges of assault on a federal officer and brandishing a firearm against Drexler. Navarro declared a mistrial on those counts.

None of the defendants was found guilty of a key conspiracy charge alleging that they plotted with Bundy family members to form a self-styled militia and prevent the lawful enforcement of multiple court orders to remove Bundy cattle from arid desert rangeland in what is now the Gold Butte National Monument.

Bundy stopped paying grazing fees decades ago, saying he refused to recognize federal authority over public land where he said his family grazed cattle since the early 1900s. The dispute has roots a nearly half-century fight over public lands in Nevada and the West, where the federal government controls vast expanses of land.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre declined immediate comment on the verdicts. He said he’d make a determination later whether to seek a third trial for Parker and Drexler.

Stewart became emotional and reached for tissues as the jury findings were read. He and Lovelien were later taken with their lawyers, Richard Tanasi and Shawn Perez, to be processed by U.S. marshals for release.

Stewart, 38, lives in Hailey, Idaho. Lovelien, 54, is from Westville, Oklahoma, but he led a militia group called Montana State Defense Force.

All four men were photographed carrying assault-style weapons during the standoff near the Nevada town of Bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Each had faced the possibility of decades in federal prison if they were convicted.

Jurors saw images of Parker and Drexler in prone shooting positions looking down their rifles through slots in the concrete barrier of an Interstate 15 freeway overpass toward heavily armed federal agents guarding a corral of cows below.

Defense attorneys noted that no shots were fired and no one was injured. They cast the tense standoff with more than 100 men, women and children in the potential crossfire as an ultimately peaceful protest involving people upset about aggressive tactics used by federal land managers against Bundy family members.

Drexler, 46, is from Challis, Idaho, and Parker, 34, is from Hailey, Idaho.

Parker’s attorney, Jess Marchese, said he hoped Myhre will dismiss the two charges remaining against his client.

Drexler’s attorney, Todd Leventhal, referred to defense teams’ complaints that Navarro set such strict rules of evidence that defendants weren’t able to tell why they traveled to the Bundy ranch.

The judge rejected testimony from five prospective defense witnesses, and Drexler and Parker were the only defendants to testify in their defense. However, the judge struck Parker’s testimony for what she said was a deliberate failure to keep his testimony within her rules.

All four defense attorneys declined Aug. 15 to make closing arguments, a gesture of standing mute that Leventhal said may have had an effect on the jury.

“As much as we were shut down from bringing anything up, the jury saw through it,” he said.

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