Tuesday, August 22, the jury in the Tier 3 Bundy Ranch re-trial handed the government another massive defeat. It’s not an overstatement that Amerika’s collision course with a totalitarian state was averted by two not guilty verdicts, for at least awhile. Ricky Lovelien and Steve Stewart are now free men. Eric Parker and Scott Drexler are are on pre-trial release with 13 conditions. Convicting these men would mean that Americans have no defense against a rogue police state.
TREACHERY AND TREASON IN LAS VEGAS
Courtroom 7C at 333 Las Vegas Blvd was the location of the stunning Perjury Circus referred to as the retrial of the Tier 3 Bundy Ranch defendants. Observers had ringside seats for this second remarkable show of criminality by the US government. A legal analyst and historian announced to a crowd outside that “this trial is the lowest point in criminal justice history.”
The Ring Master in this farce is Gloria Navarro, handpicked by Harry Reid and appointed as chief judge by Barack Obama. Nevada Bar members complained she was inexperienced and unqualified. In other words, the perfect candidate to do Dirty Harry’s bidding.
Astounding prosecutorial abuse and judicial misconduct were the order of the day. The first trial ended in a hung jury on Eric Parker, Steve Stewart, Scott Drexler, all of Idaho and Ricky Loveline of Montana at the time of the Stand-Off in Bunkerville. Greg Burleson, now blind and having seizures, was sentenced to 68 years for posting things he didn’t do on Fedbook. A word to the wise in Bolshevik Amerika- don’t drink and post. Todd Engel of Montana is awaiting sentencing. His charges, again sharing angry thoughts not his behavior of helping Nevada Highway Patrol direct traffic should be released on time served, but Navarro wants to sentence him on acquitted conduct.
The first jury found no evidence of conspiracy and found that due to the heinous actions of the Bureau of Land Mismanagement that these men were completely justified in their actions. And that jury didn’t hear the half of it. So what is a corrupt, totalitarian regime to do to convict these men? Interviewing the jury from the first trial allowed Harry Reid’s pet judge Navarro and US Prosecutor Steven Myhre to reverse engineer their strategy against these men.
EXCLUDE ALL EVIDENCE
Before the re-trial commenced on July 10, Myhre submitted his motion in limine which is a pretrial motion to eliminate certain evidence from being used during trial. The certain evidence in this case was, in fact, all the evidence. The defense was not allowed to mention any of the actions of the BLM or other alphabet agencies leading up to that Saturday April 12 in Bunkerville, NV. Not the tasing of Ammon Bundy 3 times, not the shooting of the Bundy cattle, not the orange fenced First Amendment Area, not the picking up of Margaret Houston from behind and throwing her to the ground, not the dogs being sicced on a pregant woman, not the snipers on the hills, not the kidnapping of Dave Bundy, not the statement from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval condemning these actions, not how militarized the agents pointing high powered weapons at civilians were and certainly not how they felt about it all. Also, self defense was not an allowable defense. Nothing, nada, zilch.
Bundy Ranch supporters now call Navarro Diablo and have erected a huge IMPEACH NAVARRO banner in front of Federal District Court. As the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote following the rubber-stamping of this outrageous motion, “Government prosecutors have a friend in U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro.” Diablo next stacked the jury for the government by reversing five of the Defenses’ jury strikes, and even placed a former TSA agent back on the jury.
But those were just opening acts. The trial began with Myhre giving an hour long tirade claiming to know the defendants’ state of mind years before coming to Bunkerville. He outrageously alleges they came “to shoot officers” and “bent the will” of these officers so they would leave. Governor Sandoval obviously didn’t agree since his office took credit for ending the Stand Off peacefully. He goes on to allege that protesters bring signs to a protest and since these men brought guns they weren’t protesting but engaging in crime.
Unlike the lengthier parade of lying government employees at the first trial which the first jurors complained about, this trial had a laser focus and and appeared more highly scripted. Only government employees were on the witness stand, well coached and nearly robotic in their testimony. Returning witnesses ratcheted up their testimony and reportedly received large promotions. A Nevada Highway Patrol officer who testified in the first trial got on the stand and claimed that he came to Bunkerville because of a report he got “that officers were being held at gunpoint.” He was discredited rather quickly since he didn’t mention that the first time around and never put it in his report of the event.
BLM agent Alexandra Burke perjured herself heavily claiming she saw the defendants pointing guns at her. The fact is a hill was between her and the defendants. In addition to her x-ray vision, what was most disturbing about her testimony was her ability to cry. Some have attributed her tears to possible post traumatic stress disorder she may have suffered from a live shooter incident. Anything about guns or body armor, caused her to become incredibly emotional and tearful. No idea how credible the jury found her. And so it was with just about every witness.
A new act in the re-trial was Diablo allowing the jurors to write down their questions after every witness finished. A sidebar was called where the attorneys all met behind a wooden panel and discussed which questions would be answered. The government used those questions to gauge how the jury reacted to witnesses and the next day directs their questioning accordingly. This strategy appears to have backfired The jurors asked good questions that the defense was barred from asking.
Also differing from the first trial was the timeline the government meticulously pieced together from Fedbook posts and cell phone calls. They were desperate to tie Ricky Lovelien to Operation Mutual Aid leader Ryan Payne by two phone calls and a LIKE on Fedbook for an OMA fundraiser. They insist that the ride that Parker, Stewart and Drexler took from the protest site to the Toquop Wash in the back of Lovelien’s truck due to parking and logistical challenges linked them to the conspiracy. In fact, they didn’t so much as know Lovelien’s name until they were met him again on the transport to Nevada two years later. Diablo wholeheartedly agreed with Myhre that there doesn’t have to be any verbal agreement to a conspiracy- “just a wink and a nod” will suffice. The jury didn’t buy it. Not one voted for the conspiracy.
The government was quite chuffed with the timeline. So much so in fact, that during a sidebar, FBI agent Joel Willis came back to his seat behind the Prosecution’s table and gave his female colleague in the seat next to him a fist pump indicating “We got ’em now”.
ELIMINATE ALL WITNESSES
Although the government was allowed their parade of repetitive witnesses, the Defenses witnesses were all denied. In the last trial, 14 out of 16 that the government claimed were unindicted co-conspirators (actually eyewitnesses) and therefore unreliable. This time, people that testified for the government last trial are even barred since the truth was damning to the government’s false narrative. Not one of the Defense’s witnesses was allowed by Navarro.
So Eric Parker himself took the stand on Thursday, August 10th. In the morning, 3 sidebars were called. Parker was instructed that he could say only what he heard and saw, but not what he felt. And not what is barred by the court order of excluded evidence. So it was one land mine after another as Parker tried to tell his side in the vaguest possible terms, but was met with a barrage of objections. What followed that afternoon left everyone dumbstruck. Parker was asked by his attorney Jess Marchesse what he focused on when he got to the bridge. He said someone handed him binoculars. “I looked ahead and also up to his right.” Without even an objection from Myhre, Diablo calls a sidebar. Up to his right were the snipers on the mesa and overpass, which belies the government narrative that these men had the high ground.
Marchesse comes out of the sidebar with an amazed expression. He walks to his table and sits down. Navarro quickly told Parker to step down. Parker, bewildered, gave a palms up what’s going on gesture. He slowly walked back to sit next to Marchesse, put his face in his hands and wept tears of frustration. Diablo did not allow a man facing 99 years in prison to continue, be cross examined or answer any juror questions. If this wasn’t stunning enough, she abruptly told the jurors they are dismissed for the day without the lengthy instruction she routinely gives every time they left not to talk to about the case. Simply “court is over, be back on Monday.” Their faces were aghast. The jury left and Navarro fled the courtroom so fast her black robe flowed behind her leading several observers to mention that her appearance reminded them of a witch on her broomstick.
WESTERN TEA PARTY
Monday morning, protesters from all over the West arrived. The courtroom was packed. Outside large sacks with the word TEA stenciled on them and tea bags scattered on the ground. Inside, Diablo uses Marx’s favorite maxim- Accuse Others of What You Do and lambasts the Defense. She threatened that Marchesse and Parker were going to be held in contempt. The Defense are “showboating”, “spreading conspiracy tales in the community” and doing their clients a disservice. That they are experienced attorneys and how disappointed she is in their behavior.
After an hour break, Todd Levanthal, Drexler’s attorney, made a brilliant argument which Diablo and Myhre quickly realize could result in a dismissal. He says he’s afraid and needs the rest of the day off to find an attorney for himself because she was threatening him with contempt for defending his client. She’s also accused him of being ineffective counsel and he needs to also find another attorney for Drexler. They back right off. After lunch, the jury returned and Diablo instructed them that all of Parker’s testimony is struck and they are not to consider it in deliberation. Next, Scott Drexler takes the stand and gets through direct examination with the usual barrage- all sustained by Diablo. He was able to bring up the FBI undercover video production company- first time the jurors had heard that. Diablo disallowed most of the juror’s questions.
And then, the Defense’s case was over.Tuesday morning began with the soul numbing jury instructions at 10 am, possibly the worst a juror has to endure. Unlike the first trial, attorney Nadia Ahmed makes the closing pack of lies for the U.S. rather than Myhre. She drones on. Overcome by disgust, this writer went out into the hallway and found Carol Bundy, Cliven’s sisters Lilly and Margaret and Tier 2 defendant Jason Wood’s mother Tammy. Asked why they’re sitting outside the court, they say they were told there wasn’t any room. A blatant lie- there was at least room on the left for 6 or more.
After lunch, everyone went back to take their medicine thinking Ahmed would only subject the jury to another 45 minutes. Instead, it goes on until 3 pm- a 3 hour closing harangue. A break, then court reconvenes for the Defense’s closing argument. A shock wave went through the court as one by one the attorneys stood up, gave their name and their client’s name and stated they won’t be making a closing argument. The jury was sent to deliberate the fate of these men. The supporters all gather at the far end of the hall, kneel and pray.
Lovelien’s attorney Perez explained “In my opinion, they got it all from the government’s closing argument.” Levanthal complained “I’m being threatened by the judge if I defend my client.” Rick Tanasi gave assurance that the defendants were totally in support of this move. Carol Bundy is beaming. This surely made the jury wonder but also robbed Myhre of his last opportunity to spew vile lies to the jury.
Friday, Sat and Sunday the jurors were off. The supporters wondered if seeing Parker not allowed to finish his testimony would give this jury enough reasonable doubt about everything they weren’t allowed to hear or see? Were they still Americans that could see through this treachery?
Jury questions on Monday the 21st revealed that they have concerns about two jurors. Juror 9, a former court employee says she’s done deliberating and won’t participate in any further discussions. Juror 6 was questioned about why she kept bringing up having a gun held to her head as a child. She says it’s just the frustration of deliberations. The Defense moves to have her removed, to no avail.
Tuesday, after only 3 and a half days of deliberation, the foreman signaled they were finished. Court is reconvened at 2 pm. Supporters lined up to go through metal detector saw a obviously unhappy Prosecution team go by and felt very hopeful. In the end, it wasn’t juror 6 or 9, but 7 who caused a mistrial on Parker and Drexler. 11-1 to acquit. But only on the gun charges- two for Drexler, four for Parker. These are the most dangerous since a conviction means that the sentence can’t be served concurrently- but only consecutively, unlike other charges. Myhre indicates to the local media he’s undecided whether to retry Parker and Drexler.
The supporters waited 3 hours with contradicting reports of where the men be released. Andrea Parker finally learns that Eric and Scott will be taken to a half way house until a pre-trial release hearing Wednesday morning. After the transport leaves amid shouts and sign waving, the celebration regroups outside the Henderson Detention Center where the men were taken to gather their belongings. The men come out the door as if perfectly timed.
The Bundy women arrived with bags of fast food from Wendy’s for the newly released heroes. Carol says she’s got Bundy steaks for them at the ranch. Cell phones recorded and live-streamed the emotional embrace of Eric and Andrea Parker. Steve Stewart demolished the government’s lies when asked if after this, the Tier One group will go to trial. “They shouldn’t. I was there. They [the Bundy’s] didn’t do anything. They didn’t assault anyone. We were assaulted that day. People were assaulted every day until we showed up.” He emotionally added,”Then people stopped being assaulted.”
Wednesday, at 9:30 am, the pre-trial release hearing began with Myhre’s shocking tirade which drew gasps from the gallery and some left before they lost their composure. He sinks to an all time low spreading the venom “Parker is a coward and slithered on his belly and that there is nothing more dangerous than a coward with a gun.” “He disobeyed the court’s order when he took the stand”, and on and on. He even complains about the t-shirts that supporters had made with Jury Nullifcation on the front and quotes by great judges from history. The supporters signed them. Even a t-shirt is too much for him. It’s clear he’s taken this loss personally. Marchesse gets his turn and Parker gets the pre-trial release with conditions that Idaho recommended for him 18 months ago. An outraged Myhre says he’s fully prepared to try them again and as soon as possible. Diablo announces the trial date as Sept 25.
The same follows with Drexler. After Levanthal says he’s been a model detainee and respected all the Marshals etc. Diablo stoops to a new low herself, and indicates that’s not exactly true. She’s caught Drexler- giving her “the evil eye” and claims he has tried to “stare her down” which is disrespectful. The irony of complaining about eye contact when you’ve just totally raped justice is not lost on the observers. Again, Drexler is given release that was recommended when he was first arrested. The same conditions which include not being able to talk to Parker without their attorney’s present. Who’s grandstanding now?
There’s a lot of lawyering between now and Sept. 25. Just one juror out of 11 is pretty slim odds to waste the economy of the court. But Myhre and Navarro are still gunning for the big, flashy headline to taint the jury pool for trial of Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, Pete Santilli and Ryan Payne slated for October. It’s so petty and unnecessary- the Las Vegas media has been sullying the Bundy name for the last 20 years.
Welcome Home, Bunkerville Heroes. America owes you a debt of gratitude.