(National Sentinel) Out of Control: Federal agents with the Bureau of Land Management used “incredible bias” during their handling of the 2014 standoff with Nevada rancher Clive Bundy, according to a new report.
In addition, BLM agents may even have broken the law and displayed widespread misconduct, according to a report prosecutors have shared with Bundy’s defense attorneys.
The findings have prompted a petition by Bundy’s attorneys to Judge Gloria Navarro for a mistrial or for the case to be dismissed altogether, according to The Oregonian.
Her judgment is expected by Wednesday, the paper said.
“It’s time for our men to go home and start making a living for their families,” Carol Bundy, Cliven Bundy’s wife, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’re two years behind. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do.”
The investigation report from BLM Special Agent Larry Wooten and addressed to the Department of Justice was publicized last week by Washington state Rep. Matt Shea when he posted it to his Facebook page, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The report also covered some of what Wooten said he witnessed during his three-year probe. That included a BLM agent’s “kill list,” which featured people who had committed suicide while being scrutinized and investigated by the agency.
Also, Wooten said he found that BLM agents referred to the Bundys themselves as “retards” and “douche bags.” Agents also bragged about “grinding” a Bundy family member’s face into gravel, as well as lead prosecutor and Nevada acting U.S. Attorney Steve Myhre’s “preferred ignorance” of details regarding the investigation that would benefit the Bundys in their defense.
Former Special Agent Dan Love, who was placed in charge of impounding the Bundy’s cattle in 2014, conducted “the most intrusive, oppressive, large-scale and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible” against their ranch.
The impound operation conducted by Love was done against the direction of the U.S. attorney’s office, according to Wooten.
The Bundys’ defense strategy accuses the BLM of using overly-aggressive and threatening tactics.
Notes The Daily Caller:
Navarro has ruled that Myhre’s prosecution team has committed numerous Brady Act violations failing to turn over exculpatory evidence, evidence that may exonerate the Bundys. In light of the violations and Wooten’s memo, Navarro sent the jury home last week as she considers ruling a mistrial or dismissing the case.
Wooten was removed from his position in the investigation in February by Myhre and his notes and case materials were taken. Assistant Special Agent Kent Klemen carried out Myhre’s order to gather Wooten’s data in what Wooten called a “raid” on his office.
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