Federal prosecutors said this week want to retry the first group of defendants in the Bunkerville standoff case before moving forward with the trial of rancher Cliven Bundy and others charged as leaders of the 2014 armed protests.
Federal prosecutors throughout the West have struggled recently to win conspiracy convictions against groups of loosely organized individual rights activists who identify with an anti-government movement that is best known for staging armed protests on federally managed land.
A federal jury’s failure to reach a unanimous verdict on 50 of the 60 counts in the first Bunkerville standoff case — and the mistrial that resulted — has spurred a flurry of concerns about speedy-trial rights among others accused of conspiring with rancher Cliven Bundy.
Ryan Bundy, a son of embattled rancher Cliven Bundy who is incarcerated pending trial on conspiracy charges, has sued the federal government.
A federal judge declared a mistrial Monday in the first Bunkerville standoff case, which targeted six men accused of conspiring with rancher Cliven Bundy to derail a court-ordered cattle seizure in 2014.
Jurors in the first Bunkerville standoff trial still had not reached a verdict when they concluded their fifth day of deliberations Thursday afternoon.
A lawyer who represents Cliven Bundy has accused a federal judge of violating the embattled cattle rancher’s constitutional right to a speedy trial by setting a start date of June 26 in the second Bunkerville standoff case.
Jurors in the first Bunkerville standoff trial finished their second day of deliberations Monday without reaching a verdict.
A federal jury started deliberating Thursday in the conspiracy trial of six people charged as “gunmen” in the armed standoff in Bunkerville.
A federal prosecutor on Wednesday characterized six Bunkerville protesters as militiamen who heeded rancher Cliven Bundy’s call to arms, while defense attorneys used closing arguments to portray the men as peaceful demonstrators asserting their constitutional rights.