Jury Acquits Defendants in Bundy Ranch Standoff

A jury in Las Vegas refused to convict four accused gunman in a 2014 standoff with federal authorities near the Nevada ranch of states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy. The verdict delivered what the Associated Press called a stunning setback to federal prosecutors.

A federal jury in Las Vegas refused to convict four accused gunman in a 2014 standoff with federal authorities near the Nevada ranch of states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy.
The verdict delivered what the Associated Press called a stunning setback to federal prosecutors. The jury acquitted Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart of all 10 charges against them, and Scott Drexler and Eric Parker were found not guilty of most charges against them. The defendants’ supporters broke into applause after Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro ordered Lovelien and Stewart freed immediately.

Prosecutors said the men conspired with Bundy family members and wielded weapons to threaten the lives of federal agents enforcing lawful court orders to remove Bundy cattle from public land after he failed to pay grazing fees. Each man faced 10 charges including conspiracy, interstate travel in aid of extortion, weapon possession and assault and threatening a federal officer. Defense attorneys cast the tense standoff as a peaceful protest involving people upset about aggressive tactics used by federal land managers and contract cowboys.

from https://thecrimereport.org