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.
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.
The possibility of a mistrial in the Bunkerville standoff case was amplified this month after defense attorneys received a scathing memo outlining sweeping allegations of misconduct by federal investigators and prosecutors.
A federal judge in Las Vegas raised the prospect of a mistrial Monday for four main defendants, including Cliven Bundy, in the Bunkerville standoff case.
A judge ordered four more Bunkerville standoff defendants freed from federal detention on Monday, less than a week after rancher Cliven Bundy rejected the conditions of his own release.
Ammon Bundy, on trial with his rancher father Cliven Bundy, was released from jail Thursday morning.
A judge ordered Cliven Bundy’s release on Wednesday, but the Bunkerville rancher rejected the conditions and is expected to remain in custody.