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Bundy Ranch Standoff Case Dismissed – With Prejudice. NO New Trial!

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The Bundy Ranch Standoff Case was dismissed on Monday with prejudice – which means that charges cannot be brought before the court again. NO RETRIAL for Cliven Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, and Ryan Payne.  The judge ordered Cliven Bundy’s immediate release. The others were already out of jail.

Federal prosecutor Steven Myhre had petitioned Judge Gloria Navarro for a retrial after she declared a mistrial last month.

Myhre whined that his office “didn’t mean” to not follow the law regarding release of information to the defense. He claimed that it wasn’t “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct.”

The judge thought otherwise.

AZ Central reported,

U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed the charges against the four men “with prejudice,” meaning they cannot face trial again. She said a new trial would not be sufficient to address the problems in the case and would provide the prosecution with an unfair advantage going forward.

The judge criticized both the prosecution and the FBI for not providing evidence to the defense as required under court rules. “The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated,” Navarro said.

Navarro said it was clear the FBI was involved in the prosecution of the case, and that it was not a coincidence that most of the withheld evidence came from the FBI. 

She said the prosecution’s reliance on the FBI and failure to look beyond the documents the FBI provided represented an “intentional abdication of its responsibility.” Essentially, she said the prosecution decided not to follow up because the evidence would have worked in the Bundys’ favor. 

Anyone who claims the FBI’s reputation has not been tarnished should be directed to this case.

The six pieces of evidence that were not turned over, as we previously reported, were:

  • Records about surveillance at the Bundy ranch;
  • Maps about government surveillance;
  • Records about the presence of government snipers;
  • FBI logs about activity at the ranch in the days leading up to standoff;
  • Law-enforcement assessments dating to 2012 that found the Bundys posed no threat;
  • Internal affairs reports about misconduct by Bureau of Land Management agents.

By the prosecution failing to tell the defense about the presence of Federal snipers at the ranch, the horrific actions of BLM supervisor Daniel Love and others, the original assessments that the Bundy’s posed NO THREAT…all of these things and more would have given the Defense a strong case. But the prosecutors had other plans. Justice has finally prevailed.

 

 

 

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