The Obama administration had pushed for a conclusion to the controversy involving Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his family and friends. Bundy led a standoff with federal authorities at his home and then his sons spearheaded the takeover of an Oregon wildlife refugee in relation to the unfair treatment that they and other ranchers were getting from the federal government.
Several weeks ago, a federal judge declared a mistrial in the case against Bundy, his sons and a fellow militiaman. Yesterday, the same judge, US District Court Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed all charges against Bundy and the others, citing that the prosecution had intentionally withheld evidence that would have supported the Bundy defense.
(Washington Post) – A federal judge on Monday dismissed criminal charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who rose to national prominence during his armed standoff with government authorities in 2014 as he challenged their authority over federal lands.
The dismissal was the latest defeat for government officials prosecuting Bundy and his relatives in connection with a pair of showdowns with federal authorities, first on Bundy’s home turf and then, two years later, when his sons led an armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge.
U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed the case against the rancher, two of his sons and a Montana militiaman, just three weeks after she declared a mistrial in the case against Bundy. Navarro had ruled that government lawyers suppressed key evidence that would have been favorable to the defendants’ case — including suppression of evidence from FBI surveillance cameras recording the Bundy family home and the presence of federal snipers around the property ahead of the standoff, among other omissions…
Knowing that Judge Navarro was an Obama appointee, the evidence that had been withheld must have been quite compelling in supporting the Bundy defense in order for her to dismiss the charges. The Obama administration was known for stripping away the rights of property owners, property users and ranchers, all of which are standard socialist practices.