Due process. Whats due process to federal overlords hell-bent on driving a ranching family into the ground. I was standing ion my mother's home office when she began sobbing asking me to come to the computer and look. She showed me Ammon and Ryan Bundy's aunt who we learned later just survived cancer being tossed to the ground by a man in a tan uniform, others with German Shephards. In America. When we learned what was going on my mother looked up at me with tyears in her eyes and said... shall I book you a ticket son? She knew me well.
The first thing I did when I got there was hand Clive the phone so she could say hello. He thanked her for sending me and I remember hearing her say, oh no, thank you for standing up for all of our rights. If we don't use em we will lose em. As for my son, wild horses couldn't keep him away.
I posted it on YouTube. They destroyed it. And my only copy of it as I was in the desert with limited computer storage. I trusted if I followed their guidelines I would be fine. They should be held accountable for that. Destroyed my memory. And of my now deceased mother during a historical moment. I stood with them then. I stood with them in Oregon, and I stand with them now.
This is Oregon Live's news on the recent development:
Federal prosecutor urges appeals court to revive NV conspiracy case against Cliven Bundy, his sons and Ryan Payne
Attorney Amy Cleary, representing the Bundy brothers and Payne, argued that records disclosing the camera and snipers and a 2012 assessment that found the Bundys weren’t likely to be violent, would have directly bolstered her clients’ defense.
They were surrounded by snipers and afraid, she said, and weren’t providing false messaging to supporters about their fears.
Cleary said the judge gave prosecutors multiple opportunities, all the way through the start of the trial, to produce documents and explain why they hadn’t shared the information.
Attorney Larry Klayman, representing Cliven Bundy, urged the court to uphold the dismissal of the case. “What is absolutely correct is that there was flagrant abuse here,’’ he said. “Judge Navarro made the exact, correct decision.’’
Klayman referred to a report from whistleblower Larry Wooten, a lead Bureau of Land Management agent.
Wooten wrote in a memo that federal prosecutor Steven Myhre had removed him from the case after he raised concerns about far-reaching misconduct, recklessness and unrestrained antipathy by other federal agents toward the Bundy family.
Prosecutors shared the memo with defense lawyers as they were in the midst of the trial.
Had Wooten been called to testify, “That would be the nail in the coffin of this prosecution,’’ Klayman told the appeals panel.
Judge Paul J. Watford cut Klayman off, asking: “Why are you telling us all of this?’’
Watford said the Wooten allegations are “deeply disturbing. I grant you that,’’ but he pointed out the trial judge didn’t address it and it’s irrelevant in this appeal.
In court briefs, White characterized the Wooten memo as containing “lurid accusations of misconduct’’ against the Bureau of Land Management and said prosecutors turned it over to the defense two days after they received it from Associate Deputy Attorney General Andrew Goldsmith.
-- Maxine Bernstein
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