Federal prosecutors indicated this week they do not plan to retry two of the six defendants in the first trial resulting from the 2014 armed standoff near Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville.
An investigation by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office has concluded that staff at the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump did not commit any criminal violations when they disciplined incarcerated rancher Ammon Bundy, who is accused of organizing an assault on federal agents.
Supporters of Nevada cattleman and states’ rights advocate Cliven Bundy and his sons have built a mock jail cell outside a rural Nevada federal prison where 17 defendants are being held pending trial in a 2014 standoff with government agents near the Bundy ranch outside Las Vegas.
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.