Celebrations outside the federal courthouse in Las Vegas have replaced nearly year-long protests of the malicious prosecution of the Bundy Ranch defendants. Beginning with the pre-trial release of Ryan Bundy on November 13th, all defendants were released throughout the month of December but one. Cliven Bundy refused to leave prison still a prisoner with an ankle tracking device and house arrest conditions. On January 8th, under a light rain, the weary but smiling 72-year-old rancher emerged a free man to family, supporters and news cameras.
The total collapse of the government’s case against the Bundys under the weight of lies and the hiding of exculpatory evidence that disproves the government’s narrative, is nearly complete. Gloria Navarro, presiding federal judge did all she could to hand the case to the prosecution, ruling in their favor more than 95% of the time. However, after only four government witnesses turned out to be more beneficial to the prosecution than the defense, the truth began to come out.
So much truth, that Navarro sealed the courtroom and put the attorneys under a gag order. Cliven, his sons Ryan and Ammon, and militia leader Ryan Payne, finally received a dismissal on January 8th. After repeatedly denying basic due process and Constitutional rights, Navarro chastised the government, citing “flagrant misconduct,” “recklessness” and a “universal sense of justice violated” as she read her statement. Many thought it was a face and career saving move on her part after being the prosecution’s Go To Girl for the past two years.
The last group awaiting trial on the phony indictments were Bundy brothers Mel and Dave, and Joe O’Shaughnessy and Jason Woods, both from Arizona. They are the last to go to trial. Postponing their pre-trial hearing slated for February 8th to February 15th signaled the government’s dilemma. Now between the proverbial rock and a hard place, the government attorneys motioned Navarro to dismiss the superseding indictment against these defendants in a quiet surprise on February 7th. Clearly, the feds wanted to avoid the media fanfare of triumphant defendants leaving the court building again. Navarro is expected to approve the motion quickly.
The government has spent a reported $250 million to prosecute the Nevada and Oregon Bundy cases — an absurd amount to punish two ranching families — the Bundys and the Hammonds, for the Bundys standing up for their rights.
Yet to be discussed in court is a BLM (Bureau of Land Management) whistleblower email from former investigator Larry “Clint” Wooten. Wooten alleges that when he confronted the lead U.S. attorney, Steven Myhre, about why he was hiding exculpatory evidence, Myhre flew into a rage and fired Wooten. The 18-page email is a laundry list of brutality and misconduct by the BLM and U.S. Attorney’s office, including two “kill lists” by Dan Love, the BLM Special Agent in Charge now under criminal investigation. Wooten wrote that Love brags about the three people Love caused to commit suicide.
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