Clockwise from top left, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox, Jeff Banta, Kenneth Medenbach, David Lee Fry and Neil Wampler.

It’s called jury nullification.

In an act of defiance against the federal government, which has been revealed over and over by Wikileaks as corrupt and unworthy of the Founding Fathers, a jury has found the Malheur Wildlife Refugee occupiers not guilty.

Meanwhile, liberals are out in force on Twitter (and on Facebook, I assume) proclaiming that a white jury allowed the Bundy boys to go free because they’re white. That is nonsense.

The Bundy family had been set up by the Feds because a certain Nevada Senator and a certain ex-Secretary of State wanted the Bundy ranch stolen from them. What the Bundy family did at Malheur was a sit-in like Dr. Martin Luther King did. I believe a jury might have convicted them of reasonable charges, like misdemeanor trespassing.

New York Times

PORTLAND, Ore. — Armed antigovernment protesters led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy were acquitted Thursday of federal conspiracy and weapons charges stemming from the takeover of a federally owned wildlife sanctuary in Oregon last winter.

The surprise acquittals of all seven defendants in Federal District Court was a blow to government prosecutors, who had argued that the Bundys and five of their followers used force and threats of violence to occupy the reserve. But the jury appeared swayed by the defendants’ contention that they were protesting government overreach and posed no threat to the public.

In a sign of the tension that ran through the trial, Ammon Bundy’s lawyer, Marcus R. Mumford, frustrated that the Bundys were not being released, was restrained by four United States marshals after an outburst.

“I knew that what my husband was doing was right, but I was nervous because the judge was controlling the narrative,” said Ryan Bundy’s wife, Angela Bundy, 39, in a telephone interview from the family ranch in Bunkerville, Nev. “But they saw the truth. I am just so grateful they saw it.”

It was not immediately clear how the not-guilty verdicts would affect the government’s strategy in another case stemming from the Oregon occupation, or a trial in Nevada that the Bundy brothers and their father, Cliven Bundy, face for an armed standoff there.

The Oregon occupation, at a remote and frigid reserve in the southeastern part of the state, was rooted in antigovernment fervor and captured the nation’s attention. It had a Wild West quality, with armed men in cowboy hats taking on federal agents in a tussle over public lands and putting out a call for aid, only to see their insurrection fizzle.

In a monthlong trial here, the defendants never denied that they had occupied and held the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters for nearly six weeks, demanding that the federal government surrender the 188,000-acre property to local control. But their lawyers argued that prosecutors did not prove that the group had engaged in an illegal conspiracy that kept federal workers — employees of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management — from doing their jobs.

Eleven people had already pleaded guilty. One participant, LaVoy Finicum, was killed by the authorities during the standoff.

Ethan D. Knight, an assistant United States attorney, argued that the case was simple: Ammon Bundy had been selective in deciding which laws applied to him and had led an armed seizure of property that did not belong to him.

Mr. Mumford said acquitting Mr. Bundy would be a victory for all Americans. “They’re deceiving you,” Mr. Mumford said, gesturing to the prosecutors. “It’s the government that picks and chooses the rules it’s going to comply with.”

Ammon Bundy, 41, a business owner, testified for three days in his defense. He argued that the takeover was spontaneous and informed by religious belief. But prosecutors, through witnesses and their final arguments, said the group had used the threat of force and violence, crystallized by Mr. Bundy’s call for followers across the nation to come to the refuge with guns.

All seven defendants in the case were charged with conspiracy to impede federal employees from discharging their duties, and they also faced federal weapons charges and could have been given long prison sentences. The unanimous acquittals covered all the charges but one, a theft of government property charge against Ryan Bundy for removing cameras mounted at the refuge, with no verdict rendered on it.

In a statement, Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, said she was disappointed.

“The occupation of the Malheur Reserve did not reflect the Oregon way of respectfully working together to resolve differences,” the governor said.

After asking each of the defendants to rise, Judge Anna J. Brown read off the string of not-guilty verdicts. “It has been a long road,” she told the jury afterward.

Ammon Bundy’s lawyer, Mr. Mumford, then requested that the Bundy brothers be immediately released. Judge Brown denied the request and said that because of pending charges in Nevada, the brothers would remain in federal custody.

Mr. Mumford became agitated. “He is going to be released,” he said in a raised voice.

Judge Brown rebuked him. “Mr. Mumford, you really need to not yell at me, now or ever again,” she said.

As Mr. Mumford continued his protest, four court officers surrounded him, and in the ensuing scuffle, documents and other items on the defense table were knocked to the floor and Judge Brown ordered the courtroom cleared.

Shawna Cox, the only woman among the defendants, expressed fury at the treatment of Mr. Mumford. “I am happy to be free,” she added.

Outside the courthouse, 75 to 100 people gathered after the verdict. One woman handed out American flags. Supporters of the protesters chanted: “Praise God. Praise God.”

One of the defendants, Neil Wampler, was congratulated by supporters. “On to the next one,” he said, alluding to the charges still pending against his fellow defendants.

Ammon Bundy, of Emmett, Idaho, and his brother Ryan, 43, of Cedar City, Utah, and their father were the poster images of the anger over federal control of vast stretches of Western lands. And the armed protesters — later co-defendants — who joined the brothers in their occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge all had similar longstanding distrust of the government.

Mr. Wampler, of Los Osos, Calif., described himself as a 68-year-old hippie, and Kenneth Mendehbach, of Crescent, Ore., a woodworker by profession, boasted of spending at least two decades protesting federal power. Jeff Banta of Yerington, Nev., was one of the last holdouts at the refuge. At 27, David Lee Fry left a job at his parents’ dental practice in Blanchester, Ohio, to join the protest. Ms. Cox has a history of protesting federal involvement on Western lands and is a friend of the Bundys.

In closing arguments last week, the defense lawyers in the case and Ryan Bundy, who represented himself, passionately argued that the government had not made its case. They argued that the presence of paid government informants at the refuge during the occupation muddied the waters and created reasonable doubt about how the decisions of the defendants were made.

“The government was not here to find the truth,” Robert L. Salisbury, Mr. Banta’s lawyer, told the jury before deliberations began. “This case is about people wanting to be heard, and they’re just frustrated with our government.”

Let us NEVER forget that Lavoy Finicum did not stand trial because he was murdered by federal agents as the occupation came to an end.

robert lavoy finicum

9 thoughts on “BUNDYS ACQUITTED!

  1. Precedent has been set-you dont like the Govt, you can go take over a federal building- after all its just “protesting”..right? Since when is it legal to take guns in any federal building? A protest becomes a crime when its ARMED this is nothing more than Jury nullification because they tried them in the same alt right communities who have the same paranoid govt take over beliefs these morons do–lets see if they get off that easy in Nevada.

    • Jury nullification was also practiced by the O.J. Simpson all nonwhite jury.

      There is nothing at all paranoid about the increasing anti-freedom agenda coming out of Washington. As far as I’m concerned, it’s an enemy occupational government that I owe zero allegiance to.

    • Michael, you seem like Pat Boone on steroids. There is no such thing as a Federal Building ( de jure) it is all de facto since LinCOLN divided and conquered America. Got your seat belt on…got you driver’s license…your REGIStration and proof of insurance?
      How about your innoculations…they up to date? Your Zika card punched?
      Are you offended by the word ‘NIGGER’? Do you respect the rainbow flag? Do you want your neighbor moved out of home to house a ‘refugee’?
      If you answered yes to these questions you are a ‘Federal’ agent.

      • Michael is a product of 100 plus years of yankees indoctrination.

        In theory the Constitution forbids the federal government from owning land beyond what is needed for forts, collecting tariffs and what not but the tyrant lincoln destroyed the Constitution and all limits placed on federal power

        Good job damnyankees.

    • @ Michael S Abbott,

      From anti-White Michael:

      “they tried them in the same alt right communities”

      A Marxist indoctrinated liberal has spoken!

      Hey, Michael, if you don’t like reaping the benefits of living in the White created and built United States, move to one of the countries whose third-world culture and government you love so much.

  2. In Australia “National” Parks are managed by each State, not by the Federal Government. I do not see why US State Governments are not competent to manage their own National Parks. Feds can not even manage the crime ridden capital city of Washington. Nor can they manage an invasion or occupation, as in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. Nor can they defeat ragtag rebels comprising about one division of military manpower, known as ISIS. When these towelhead guys took Mosul they had less than 20,000 soldiers all up.
    Even the Soviet Union had countries and districts separately managed rather than everything being managed direct from Moscow. Hence, Soviet “Union”.
    Hence the “United” States.
    Federal Government (in USA and Australia at least) exists with the permission of the constituent States, not the other way around. The Sates came first, the Feds later.
    Naturally, the Feds encroach year by year and the power of income taxation and printing of money gives the Feds enormous power and this leaves the States weak and dwindling. The States become beggars for their share of this freeloading counterfeit printed money.
    Real taxes are not enough. Funny money is needed to keep the boat afloat.

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