U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro ruled Monday the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy would be dismissed “with prejudice,” and ordered the rancher set free after federal prosecutors willfully withheld exculpatory evidence during the 2017 trial.
With prejudice means the government cannot refile the case.
That is just brutal for those government lawyers. That judge was seen until recently as favorably disposed to the government's case here. To turn all that around and lose in this highly shameful way is just incredible.
Judge Navarro should refer each and every one of the government lawyers who worked on this case to their local bar for discipline.
Navarro ruled a mistrial in the Bundy case last month after prosecutors “willful[ly]” withheld exculpatory evidence favorable to the four men on trial: Cliven Bundy, his two sons and one other person. The judge found that prosecutors had violated the defendant’s civil rights and violated federal law by hiding evidence from the court.