Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is opposing a proposal from federal prosecutors to split the 17 remaining defendants charged in the Bunkerville standoff case into three separate trials.
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In a letter Thursday, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller called on the president to “abandon any plans to unilaterally designate” new national monuments in the Gold Butte area of northeastern Clark County and in the Owyhee Canyonlands of southeastern Oregon, near the Nevada border.
Federal prosecutors have proposed three separate trials next year for the remaining 17 defendants charged in the April 2014 Bunkerville standoff.
Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy is suing Democratic congressional candidate Ruben Kihuen over political attack ads that try to tie Bundy’s 2014 dispute with federal agents to the shooting deaths of two police officers later that year.
Federal prosecutors confirmed late Wednesday that undercover FBI agents posed as a documentary film crew to gather evidence during their investigation of the April 2014 standoff near Bunkerville.
Brothers will stand trial along with father Cliven and two siblings over April 2014 showdown with federal agents who seized family’s cattle.
Gerald DeLemus, 61, pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy and extortion charges in the Bunkerville standoff case involving the Bundy family.
Jubilation was in the air Friday at Cliven Bundy’s ranch, with family members of the imprisoned patriarch calling the acquittal of two of his sons for seizing a national wildlife refuge in Oregon a “vindication” of the family’s long-running feud with the federal government.
A federal appeals panel Friday refused to allow conservative lawyer Larry Klayman to join Cliven Bundy’s defense team in the Bunkerville standoff case.
Both also express disappointment with acquittal of armed group that seized a national wildlife refuge in Oregon to protest incarceration of local ranchers.
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