Monday, January 8, 2018

Wow! Bundy cattle case dismissed with prejudice by US District Court judge

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.

Prosecutors, led by Nevada’s Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre, dismissed several claims from Bundy attorneys that evidence was being hid from the court during the trial.
The defense claimed FBI snipers and surveillance were monitoring the Bundy household prior to the 2014 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) raid to remove the rancher’s cattle from federal land after decades of unpaid grazing fees. Cliven Bundy sent out a plea for help based on the snipers’ presence, prompting dozens of armed militiamen to meet at the ranch.
Prosecutors said snipers were not involved, called the claim “fantastical” and the defendants’ request for the evidence, a “fishing expedition.” However, the U.S. Attorney’s Office possessed video evidence the entire time, The Oregonian reports.
Prosecutors also withheld federal assessments that found the Bundy family was not likely to be violent, but only “get in your face.” Other federal assessments of the BLM revealed the agency was targeting the Bundy family, “trying to provoke a conflict.”
The Department of Justice, under order from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is currently investigating the federal prosecutors involved in the 2017 Bundy trial for misconduct.  Darn right they are investigating.  This is exactly the kind of rank abuse of authority that must be severely punished, as it destroys the people's faith in their own government.


  1. So, to recap, a federal judge reached the same determination that all of us out here in the real world determined when this first went down. It was a government bullscat setup by bad government employees that stunk to high heaven and was an affront to man and God himself.

    Sometimes the right side wins after all.

    Now, can we start prosecuting the bad government employees? Please?