A short time ago, Gloria Navarro, United States District Judge for Las Vegas, declared a mistrial in the ongoing fiasco being perpetrated by the federal Bureau of Land Management against Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and many of the freedom fighters involved in the standoff at Bunkerville, NV.
As so many of us suspected, federal agents withheld evidence, lied and generally misrepresented its “case” against Bundy and his sons.
Judge Navarro laid out her reasoning for the mistrial over the course of an hour,
saying in part that, “the evidence that was withheld could have been favorable to the accused and could have affected the outcome of the case.”
Prosecutors have long maintained the FBI was not involved in the standoff and that no video surveillance or sniper teams were used.
We never doubted that it was a lie.
Lying and withholding evidence has seemingly become a favored tactic of law enforcement when dealing with American citizens who are merely standing up for their rights. LFA reminds everyone that an FBI agent was charged with 5 counts of making false statements in the murder of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, a close, personal friend of the Bundys, in January, 2016.
Whether the Bundys could face further court proceedings is unclear, as Navarro stopped short of a mistrial with prejudice.
“The indictment and grand jury testimony is full of lies. Truth has been blocked in previous trials.
“Listen closely – we will try to get you the truth. The truth will set me free and I’m counting on you to help me see that.”
– Ryan Bundy – opening remarks at Bunkerville trial
Another court hearing for the Bundys is scheduled for January.
As you can imagine, reaction to the recent developments has been bold and swift. LFA contacted Representative Matt Shea – WA for comment:
“The withheld evidence doesn’t just give reason for a mistrial it demands an investigation by Congress and Secretary Zinke into allegations of widespread misconduct and possible criminal behavior.
“No one is above the law. These bureaucrats are servants of the people not the other way around. People are innocent until proven guilty, and a sniper rifle is not due process.”
– Washington State Representative Matt Shea, Spokane
As tragic and unnecessary as this entire chapter in their lives has been, LFA would like to personally congratulate the Bundys in their victory over a berserk, tyrannical bureaucracy, and thank them for their steadfast stand for liberty for all.