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.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lifted a ban Monday on motorized vehicles in some parts of a Utah canyon that was the setting of a 2014 ATV protest ride that was a flashpoint in the Western struggle over government land management.
Two months of testimony in the first Bunkerville standoff trial concluded Monday with a defendant’s dramatic assertion that authorities sat in foxholes waiting to shoot protesters who arrived at the site where federal agents for days had been rounding up Cliven Bundy’s cattle.
Federal prosecutors have asked for a start date of June 5 or later in the trial against cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and four other men accused of leading an armed assault on law enforcement officers in 2014.
Idaho gun enthusiast Eric Parker banked on his commitment to self-defense Thursday when he stepped to the witness stand and tried to convince jurors he played no role in a conspiracy to bully federal agents into abandoning their roundup of hundreds of rancher Cliven Bundy’s cows.
Defense attorneys in the trial against six of rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters started calling witnesses Wednesday to testify about the militant presence of the Bureau of Land Management in Bunkerville three years ago — and protesters’ peacefulness.
A juror in the federal trial against six of Cliven Bundy’s supporters came down with the flu Tuesday, leading a judge to postpone testimony in the case until Wednesday.
Lawyers representing rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters accused a judge of eviscerating their defense case Monday by effectively prohibiting several planned witnesses from testifying.