(National Sentinel) Justice Served: A federal judge has dismissed all charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three others after citing “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct” in the case.
U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro had previously declared a mistrial in the high-profile case on Dec. 20, Fox News reported, adding:
It was only the latest, stunning development in the saga of the Nevada rancher, and served as a repudiation of the federal government. Navarro accused prosecutors of willfully withholding evidence from Bundy’s lawyers, in violation of the federal Brady rule.
The rule, named after the landmark 1963 Supreme Court case known as Brady v. Maryland, holds that evidence withheld from a defendant amounts to a violation of the right to due process.
“In this case the failures to comply with Brady were exquisite, extraordinary,” said Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano. “The judge exercised tremendous patience.”
“Either the government lied or [it’s actions were] so grossly negligent as to be tantamount to lying,” Napolitano said. “This happened over and over again.”
The case stemmed from a standoff between Bundy and federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management in 2014. However, tensions between the Bundy operation and the federal government began long before that.
In 1990, in an effort to protect the desert tortoise, the federal government moved to limit grazing rights on federal land in Nevada, encompassing ground that Bundy had utilized for decades.
In 1993 he refused to renew his grazing rights, claiming the BLM and the federal government had no sovereignty over the state of Nevada.
Federal courts subsequently sided with the government. However, for the next 20 years Bundy and government agencies butted heads, during which time he racked up $1 million in owed grazing fees and fines.
The disagreement came to a head in 2014 when heavily-armed BLM agents moved in to confiscate Bundy’s cattle grazing on government property. A stand-off ensued as scores of armed civilians showed up to counter BLM agents and local authorities.
Eventually authorities stood down, fearing the public’s safety, and pledged to return Lundy’s cattle. Bundy continued to graze his cattle, and he and sons Ammon and Ryan were eventually arrested.
The were charged with numerous felonies, including conspiracy, assault on a federal officer and using a firearm in a violent crime, and faced many years in prison.
The case began in late October, 2017. However, within two months it fell apart, with Navarro angrily denouncing the prosecution.
She had already once threatened a mistrial after prosecutors released thousands of pages of documents to the defense late. In all, the government was late in handing over more than 3,300 pages of documents.
Furthermore, some defense requests for information were ridiculed by prosecutors as “fantastical” and a “fishing expedition.”
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