Federal prosecutors are moving forward with their appeal of a judge’s dismissal of felony conspiracy and weapons charges against Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan and independent militia member Ryan Payne.
The last defendant who pleaded guilty for his role in the 2014 armed standoff in Bunkerville was ordered Tuesday to serve a year of supervised release.
Rancher Cliven Bundy, cleared of federal charges this year, refiled a lawsuit against Nevada and Clark County governments.
Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro’s ruled this week that “flagrant misconduct” by prosecutors had irreparably tainted the case against Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and a Montana militia leader.
Federal prosecutors asked a judge to reconsider her decision to dismiss charges against rancher Cliven Bundy and others, while dropping an indictment against four defendants who have yet to face a jury, according to court papers filed Wednesday.
GOP lawmakers, the Trump administration and Democrats were sharply divided over public land use and a Nevada standoff between federal law enforcement and a militia led by Cliven Bundy before he was freed from jail. Now those positions have hardened and the battle is moving to Congress.
The government spent more than three years bringing Cliven Bundy to trial in the aftermath of the April 2014 armed standoff near Bunkerville.
Gold Butte rancher Cliven Bundy stood outside the Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday and called on Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo to protect him in his ongoing dispute with the federal government.
A day after his criminal case was dismissed, Cliven Bundy talked about returning to his roots.
A federal judge dismissed all charges Monday against Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and another man.