(National Sentinel) Misconduct: Newly unsealed court documents provide details into how a team of federal prosecutors tasked with convicting Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons of crimes related to a 2014 armed standoff failed to provide exculpatory evidence to the court, according to local media.
The Bundy’s case ended in a mistrial Dec. 20 when Federal District Court of Las Vegas Judge Gloria Navarro ruled that prosecutors violated the civil rights of defendants after withholding evidence that supported the Bundy’s case.
Now, Navarro is considering dismissing the case “with prejudice” while blocking prosecutors from retrying the case. Her decision is expected Jan. 8, The Daily Caller reported.
“There were approximately 3,000 pages that were provided to us only after we started trial,” Bundy lawyer Bret D. Whipple told The New York Times. “I personally have never seen anything like this, especially in a case of such importance.”
“We’ve told everyone all along, ‘the truth will set us free,’” said Angie Bundy, the wife of Ryan Bundy, who was in the courtroom for the ruling. “It was the lies we’re worried about.”
Ian Bartrum, a law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who is closely following the trial, said the behavior of government prosecutors has dramatically changed the way many view the 2014 incident.
“The narrative has changed,” he said. “It went from ‘bad Bundys, clear lawbreakers’ to ‘shady government and maybe they are persecuting these guys.’”
“There’s already a lot of people that distrust the government,” he added. “Maybe more mainstream people will start to mistrust what the government is doing.”
The Bundy’s have run a cattle operation on federal land for decades. Their operation was disrupted in 2014 when heavily armed agents with the Bureau of Land Management showed up to enforce payment of grazing fees that the Cliven Bundy claimed he did not owe because he had water rights to the land.
The Bundy’s long claimed malfeasance by federal agents and prosecutors, and powerful evidence supporting their claims appeared in The Oregonian newspaper earlier this month.
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