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Trial Underway in Public Land Use Case

Testimony begins today in Nevada for the felony trial of six of the 17 defendants involved in the Bunkerville armed standoff between cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and federal agents back in 2014 over the seizure of his cattle.

The dramatic face off involved a 20-year dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over illegal grazing on public land. After the BLM obtained a court order to round up cattle for back payment of unpaid grazing fees, Bundy, through social media, garnered the support of hundreds including members of militia groups who came armed with rifles and automatic weapons. Local authorities were able to negotiate a peaceful end to the confrontation but the stand off brought international attention to the contentious battle over public land use.

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Testimony begins in Bunkerville standoff trial in Las Vegas


efiant cattle rancher Cliven Bundy tossed court orders out the window of his truck and tried to pay grazing fees to Clark County instead of the federal government, a Justice Department lawyer testified Monday as prosecutors began to establish the chain of events that led to an armed standoff in Bunkerville in 2014.

Justice Department lawyer Terry Petrie took the witness stand Monday in the federal trial of six people accused of conspiring with Bundy to block the Bureau of Land Management from impounding the rancher’s cattle. The impoundment operation in 2014 followed a decadeslong dispute over grazing fees and permits.

Under direct examination by the government, Petrie read from court documents dating back to the early ‘90s that detail Bundy’s various attempts to flout federal court orders regarding his livestock. The testimony provided jurors a snapshot of the lengthy legal saga that resulted in the politically charged, armed confrontation when authorities tried to round up the cattle.

The last grazing fees paid by Bundy to the BLM were for the period of December 1992 to February 1993, Petrie testified. In subsequent years, the federal government and Bundy went back and forth in court, with the rancher arguing that his cattle could graze in accordance with his “vested grazing rights.”


In response to one ruling that ordered him to remove his cattle from the Bunkerville Allotment, Bundy accused the BLM of harassing him, threw a court order out the window of his truck and drove away, Petrie testified. His son then picked up the order, tore it into pieces and threw it on the ground.

Petrie testified that the rancher mailed a check for nearly $2,000 to Clark County in 1995. The amount, if paid to the proper agency, would have covered one year of grazing fees. But Bundy, who previously has said that the county sheriff has jurisdiction over the federal lands, refused to pay the federal government. Clark County returned the check to Bundy, Petrie said.

The Justice Department lawyer had not finished his testimony when court broke for lunch recess Monday. Defense attorneys had argued that some of the court documents the witness quoted should not be allowed into evidence. They assert that their clients, none of whom is a Nevada resident, joined the Bunkerville protests for ideological reasons and had no interest in the core dispute over cattle grazing.

ETHICS ACCUSATIONS

Earlier in the day, a defense attorney representing one of the men on trial took aim at prosecutors with pointed accusations that a federal agent central to the case is the same person recently accused of misconduct in an investigative report released by the Office of Inspector General.

Defense attorney Todd Leventhal raised concerns about the unredacted investigative report recently turned over to him by the prosecution.

“The unredacted version is quite scary, your honor,” Leventhal said. The attorney said five or six other government witnesses were mentioned in the report, which he called “pretty far-reaching.”

Specifically, the report accuses an unnamed Bureau of Land Management agent of using his position to obtain sold-out Burning Man tickets. It also includes other allegations that, if allowed into evidence, could be used to boost defense arguments that government agents acted inappropriately toward what the defense team contends were peaceful protesters.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Myrhe described the report as “extrinsic and inadmissible.”


U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro said she would rule at a later time on whether defense attorneys can ask witnesses about information in the unredacted version of the report.

The targeted BLM agent was not identified by name in open court, but previous court filings indicate that defense attorneys suspect it is BLM Special Agent in Charge Dan Love. Myrhe lauded Love’s actions during ...

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Suit over artifact looting case suicide rejected on appeal


SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court won’t revive an excessive-force lawsuit from the family of a Utah doctor who killed himself after his arrest by federal agents in an artifact looting investigation, according to a ruling handed down Monday.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management didn’t use excessive force when armed agents dressed in body armor arrested James Redd in 2009. The judges declined to overturn a lower-court decision that tossed the lawsuit after a judge found the presence of federal agents in SWAT-like gear wasn’t unreasonable.

The artifact lootings raid in the small southeastern Utah town of Blanding marked an early flashpoint in struggle over control of public lands in the western United States

Redd’s family had argued it was unfair to overwhelm Redd at gunpoint at his house in the small town of Blanding, Utah, even though there was no evidence he was violent or posed a threat.

The Redds are disappointed in Monday’s ruling, though they’re still pursuing a separate lawsuit seeking damages in his death, family’s attorney, Shandor S. Badaruddin. He said he wasn’t immediately sure if they’d appeal again.

Redd’s daughter said at least 50 officers showed up in an excessive show of force, though the Bureau of Land Management said it was less than half that number.

Federal lawyers for Dan Love, the federal agent who led the operation, said he needed the agents to collect large amounts of evidence and be prepared for hostility because people in the town have historically been opposed to federal public land control.

James Redd, who maintained his innocence, was charged with one felony count of theft of Indian tribal property — an effigy bird pendant valued at $1,000. He and his wife were among 24 people indicted after a two-year federal investigation that relied on a well-connected artifacts dealer-turned-undercover-operative.

Agents raided homes of 16 people in the small town of Blanding, Utah, including a math teacher and brother of the local sheriff in June 2009.

Most were handcuffed and shackled as agents confiscated stone pipes, woven sandals, spear and arrow heads, seed jars and decorated pottery. Prosecutors said those involved stole, received or tried to sell American Indian artifacts.

Redd killed himself a day after the raid. Another suspect and the informant who helped government officials also killed themselves.

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Special Agent E.J. McEwen testified that people on the ground probably didn't know he was nearly 12,000 feet above, recording video from a single-engine airplane as the noontime standoff developed beneath an Interstate 15 overpass near the community of Bunkerville. At that altitude, the Cessna would be hard to see or hear, McEwen told Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre.

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US jury in Bundy standoff trial gets FBI aerial scene-setter

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jurors got a unique perspective from the FBI Monday of an armed standoff developing in a dry river wash where six defendants are accused of wielding weapons to force federal agents to abandon a round-up of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014.

Special Agent E.J. McEwen testified that people on the ground probably didn't know he was nearly 12,000 feet above, recording video from a single-engine airplane as the noontime standoff developed beneath an Interstate 15 overpass near the community of Bunkerville. At that altitude, the Cessna would be hard to see or hear, McEwen told Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre.

McEwen's images showed perhaps 200 people gathering on foot and on horseback with flags fluttering in a stiff breeze and dogs running ahead in a dry river wash beneath the overpass. Above them, a line of people were spread along the concrete side barriers of the freeway overpass.

The crowd faced a trio of pickup trucks and perhaps two dozen armed and armored federal agents and U.S. Bureau of Land Management employees guarding corrals holding almost 400 head of cattle collected by contract cowboys in previous days.

At several points, McEwen's camera zoomed in on people outside vehicles atop a ridge with a commanding view of the entire scene. The jury wasn't immediately told if they were government officials or Bundy backers.

Other views showed where then-Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie and Las Vegas police set up a command post near the freeway.

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Testimony begins in Bunkerville standoff trial in Las Vegas


Defiant cattle rancher Cliven Bundy tossed a court order out the window of his truck and tried to pay grazing fees to Clark County instead of the federal government, a Justice Department lawyer testified Monday as prosecutors began to establish the chain of events that led to an armed standoff in Bunkerville in 2014.

Justice Department lawyer Terry Petrie took the witness stand Monday in the federal trial of six people accused of conspiring with Bundy to block the Bureau of Land Management from impounding the rancher’s cattle.

Petrie testified that several months before the cattle roundup, Bundy told him that “if the federal government showed up to impound his cattle … he would then physically respond.”

“He said he would be soliciting the assistance of his neighbors, his friends and his supporters,” Petrie said.


Petrie read from court documents dating to the early ‘90s that detail Bundy’s various attempts to flout federal court orders regarding his livestock. The testimony provided jurors a snapshot of the legal saga that resulted in the politically charged, armed confrontation.

In response to a mid-1990s court ruling, Bundy accused the BLM of harassing him, threw the court order out the window of his truck and drove away, Petrie testified. He said Bundy’s son then picked up the order, tore it into pieces and threw it on the ground.

Petrie testified that the rancher mailed a check for nearly $2,000 to Clark County in 1995. The amount, if paid to the proper agency, would have covered one year of grazing fees. But Bundy, who previously has said that the county sheriff has jurisdiction over the federal lands, refused to pay the federal government. Clark County returned the check to Bundy, Petrie said.

ETHICS ACCUSATIONS

Earlier in the day, a defense attorney representing one of the men on trial announced he recently received an unredacted version of a report that accuses a BLM agent of several conduct violations, including using his position to obtain sold-out Burning Man tickets in 2015.

Todd Leventhal, who represents defendant Scott Drexler, previously had cited suspicions that the federal agent targeted in the report is the same person who oversaw the cattle impoundment in Bunkerville.

“The unredacted version is quite scary, your honor,” Leventhal said.

The attorney said five or six other government witnesses were mentioned in the report, in addition to the special agent who is targeted. That agent was not named in open court Monday, but court filings suggest that defense attorneys believe it is Special Agent in Charge Dan Love.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro did not immediately rule on the issue. BLM Agent Rand Stover, who testified Monday, is among the people whom Leventhal indicated he would like to ask about the report, but court adjourned before defense lawyers had a chance to cross-examine the witness.

In questioning Stover Monday, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre tried ...

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1.5 hours of aerial footage from 2014 followed by the second witness who is a DOJ lawyer who tells jury about lengthy legal history between Bundy and BLM.

I do believe Nevada may play out differently.

The evidence hasn't been on public display.
 
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Gavins 7 year old (?) son asks the cop if he can take his gun inside the court and when the cop says he takes it everywhere he goes the kid says I saw a sign that says no weapons allowed.

Then Gav interjects and says they're allowed to carry weapons just not us and the kid tells the cop if you're allowed to carry weapons we should be allowed to carry weapons.

Sassy little thing. My my what one learns at Daddy's knee.
 
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Melissa Beadle-cooper:

Update on my husband Blaine Cooper: He was in observation for 72 hours. The conditions were horrible.. no running water, toilet didn't flush and no hand soap.. Now that is over he is doing much better. He is in general population. He did fast for 2 day's. Blaine wants to tell all of you reading this, thank you for all your love and support. He did make me laugh tonight.. They gave him a pair of Manny panties.. I said what is that, he said it's like wearing a thong.. I laughed at him.. After going through all of that in a few day's, he doesn't deserve to be treated that way. I just want him home already along with the other families.. If you want to help out, please send money or letters to PayPal under Melissabeacoop@hotmail.com or call for his books. (866-345-1884)
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If you write him a letter it has to be on a white post card no bigger than 6"x 4.5" in pen or pencil.. Please send your support... God Bless America..
 
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I hope these seditionists are convicted and sentenced to long terms in the penitentiary.

Public land is a treasure in the United States that may not be taken away.
 
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There are at least four Anti-Gov Extremist trials going on right now.

 
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BLM agent testifies that there was a "significant threat" of violence on day of #Bundy standoff
 
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BLM says protesters told him: go home, f u, you have no authority, give us back our cattle, cattle thieves, this is our land #Bundy
 
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BLM agent: in my opinion their emotions were high and they were using strong language to challenge our authority #Bundy
 
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BLM agent says one protester had gas masks attached to a belt on his hip #Bundy
 
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defense begins cross examining BLM agent stover; plays video of Dave Bundy getting tasered in days before standoff #Bundy
 
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Todd Engel asks BLM agent about how many cows were killed, says ppl on the ground heard cattle were being shot #Bundy
 
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BLM agent tells Las Vegas jury that Bundy supporters posed threat



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Full coverage of the feud between the Bundy family and BLM
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LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Supporters of Cliven Bundy posed a significant threat to federal authorities who tried to impound the rancher’s cattle, a Bureau of Land Management agent testified Tuesday in the trial of six men charged in the 2014 armed standoff in Bunkerville.

“In my opinion, their emotions were high, and they were using strong language to challenge our authority,” BLM Special Agent Rand Stover testified.

The agent was answering a question about the threat of violence in the hours leading up to the standoff.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre on Tuesday drew hours of testimony from Stover about the menacing nature of Bundy’s supporters. Myhre asked him about specific details, such as the presence of a gas mask attached to one protester’s belt, in an effort to convince the jury that law enforcement officers felt threatened and feared for their lives.


The six men on trial are accused of conspiring with Bundy to block the BLM from seizing the cattle from a federal grazing allotment near Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville.

Defense lawyers portrayed the interactions between protesters and the government in a different light when it was their turn to cross-examine Stover on Tuesday.

In questioning the witness, they played videos to support their claims that law enforcement authorities were the aggressors against a peaceful group of protesters exercising their constitutional rights. One of the videos depicted law enforcement officers using a stun gun and a police dog in detaining one of Bundy’s sons several days before the standoff.

Defense attorney Todd Leventhal, who represents O. Scott Drexler, grilled Stover with a pointed line of questioning in an apparent attempt to reveal misconduct by the witness’ supervisor, Special Agent in Charge Dan Love, who oversaw the impoundment operation at Bundy’s ranch in 2014.

Previous court filings have revealed that defense attorneys suspect him to be the same person who was accused of misconduct in a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General. The report slammed an unnamed BLM agent for bullying his subordinates and for using his position to obtain sold-out Burning Man tickets.

Leventhal recently obtained an unredacted version of the investigative report and said earlier this week that it references up to six government witnesses who are involved in the Bunkerville case. The defense attorney’s cross-examination Tuesday suggested that Stover was one of them.

“If you ever saw SAC Dan Love do something illegal, would you file a complaint?”

“Yes,” Stover said.

“If you ever saw SAC Love do ...

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Poot Fight!

Briana Bundy just made a video saying Gav does not represent the Bundys asks him to take his cop hating anti gubmint message somewhere else.

Briana Bundy:

I've never been a fan of Gavin. He's bad news.

Briana Bundy :

Gavin has an agenda. I believe he'd like us to stay in jail so he can continue to make a buck off us. He's gotta have a story to tell. He doesn't share our beliefs.

Gavin responded on his own page where he can control the narrative of course.

Gavin Seim for Liberty:

Brianna Bundy is emotional and in a lot of pain so she is looking for someone to blame. Her message is not the message of the Bundy family. Please be patient with her but do not let the message derail our progress.
 
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Chastity Bendele:

Briana Bundy is a strong women and is sick of you riding on the Bundy women's back. She said what she meant and meant what she said. How dare you try to speak for her. She was loud and clear. Are you afraid you may have to actually get a job and stop living of the Bundy's? Make no mistake Briana meant every single word. You could see the spark in her eye. Don't insult her by speaking for her. Briana has more backbone, courage and strength in her pinky then you have in your entire pitiful spineless slug body. People do not respect you. They know you preach hate and discontent. The Bundy men going to jail turned into a sweet gig for you and your gypsy family. It gave you the advantage to take advantage of these women while their husbands were gone you are pathetic. It sounds like if Briana has her way you won't be around much longer. Call me what you want, write a big post about me filled with lies like you normally do. You can't hurt me. You are nothing!.................
 
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