Crime Judge denies 11th-hour bid to dismiss charges against Nevada rancher Bundy

08:57  14 november  2017
08:57  14 november  2017 Source:   Reuters

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  Ranching standoff trial a test of federal government control LAS VEGAS — The ability of the federal government to enforce its own land policies in the West will be tested as a trial begins this week of a Nevada rancher accused of leading a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents in a dispute over cattle grazing.Federal prosecutors in Nevada have twice before failed to win full convictions at trial of men who had guns during the tense confrontation involving hundreds of protesters who stopped government agents from rounding up cattle belonging to Cliven Bundy.

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday rejected an 11 th - hour bid by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to dismiss criminal charges he faced for a 2014 armed standoff against federal agents, finding no basis for defense claims that prosecutors concealed evidence.

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday rejected an 11 th - hour bid by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to dismiss criminal charges he faced for a 2014 armed standoff against federal agents, finding no basis for defense claims that prosecutors concealed evidence.

a man looking at the camera: FILE PHOTO: Cliven Bundy is pictured in this undated booking handout image provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office © REUTERS/Multnomah County Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Cliven Bundy is pictured in this undated booking handout image provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office A federal judge on Monday rejected an 11th-hour bid by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to dismiss criminal charges he faced for a 2014 armed standoff against federal agents, finding no basis for defense claims that prosecutors concealed evidence.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro paved the way for the trial of Bundy, 71, and his three co-defendants, including sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy, to proceed with opening statements on Tuesday in a trial expected to last through February.

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LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday rejected an 11 th - hour bid by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to dismiss criminal charges he faced for a 2014 armed standoff against federal agents, finding no basis for defense claims that prosecutors concealed evidence.

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday rejected an 11 th - hour bid by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to dismiss criminal charges he faced for a 2014 armed standoff against federal agents, finding no basis for defense claims that prosecutors concealed evidence.

All four men are accused of conspiring to use the threat of force to prevent a court-ordered impoundment of Cliven Bundy's cattle, which the government said had trespassed on federal land after the rancher refused for 20 years to pay his grazing fees and assessments.

The dispute marked a flashpoint in long-simmering tensions over federal control of public lands in the West and a rallying cry for militia groups challenging U.S. government authority in the American West.

Answering Bundy's call for help, hundreds of followers - many heavily armed - descended on his ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada, about 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Las Vegas, in April 2014, demanding that his livestock be returned.

Outnumbered law enforcement officers ultimately retreated rather than risk bloodshed, and no shots were ever fired.

Nevada standoff trial postponed as judge orders search for surveillance video

  Nevada standoff trial postponed as judge orders search for surveillance video A federal judge Tuesday delayed opening statements in the trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy amid defense allegations that there may be recorded video related to the 2014 standoff at his Bunkerville ranch that the government failed to turn. U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro pushed opening statements back to Nov. 14 to give prosecutors time to track down the surveillance footage - though she agreed it was unclear whether the equipment had, in fact, recorded anything at all.

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Jury selection was completed on Nov. 2, but Navarro delayed openings statements after defense attorneys raised questions about video footage they said may have been recorded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation near Bundy's ranch.

The Bundys said prosecutors had failed to furnish the defense video evidence in violation of pretrial discovery rules.

The government said a surveillance camera was used for a live video feed before the standoff but no recordings or notes were ever made. The judge denied the defense motion to dismiss the case.

The judge also granted a request by Ryan Bundy to be released from jail to the custody of a halfway house for the duration of the trial, according to Trisha Young, a spokeswoman for the acting U.S. Attorney for Nevada, Steven Myhre.

The reasoning behind her decision, a reversal of a previous ruling, was not immediately clear as most of Monday's proceedings were held in closed session.

A separate trial last year ended with Ammon and Ryan Bundy acquitted with five other people of conspiracy charges stemming from a 2017 armed takeover of a federal wildlife center in Oregon.

(Reporting by John L. Smith in Las Vegas; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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