My God! The Judge Wants Total Secrecy In Bundy Trial!
(Above pic: A Bundy Ranch sign near Bunkerville greets visitors on Thursday, May 19, 2016. Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow @jlscheid)
No one is going to believe this, but then, given today’s authoritarianism which is choking this nation to death, perhaps to the awake and alert this comes as no surprise. The tyranny has taken off its mask and removed its velvet glove. I am astounded. Let us know what you think in the comments thread below. God save America! God have mercy on the American people! God bless the ranchers!
Elias Alias, editor
Las Vegas Review Journal: http://m.reviewjournal.com/crime/judge-orders-key-bundy-evidence-bunkerville-case-withheld-the-public
Judge orders key Bundy evidence in Bunkerville case withheld from the public
By JEFF GERMAN
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Choosing secrecy over transparency, a federal judge has issued a protective order withholding the bulk of the government’s evidence from the public in the Bunkerville standoff case.
The four-page order, written by U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen, prohibits defense teams for all 19 defendants from publicly disclosing grand jury transcripts, FBI and police reports, witness statements and other documents the government collected during its investigation into the 2014 armed standoff between Bundy family forces and law enforcement.
Leen issued the order without a public hearing and in the face of opposition from most of the defendants, including Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy and his four sons, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal and other media.
“This decision kills an ant with a sledgehammer,” Review-Journal Editor Keith Moyer said Saturday. “As a result, the tax-paying public will be in the dark, and the news media will be severely hampered in doing its job.”
In a 23-page decision filed late Friday, Leen explained that the government was within its constitutional authority to obtain a protective order from her because of security concerns in the high-profile case. Among the concerns Leen cited was a death threat against the prosecutors.
“The government has made a sufficient threshold showing of actual and potential threats, intimidation and harassment to victims, witnesses and law enforcement officers to show good cause for a protective order restricting dissemination of pretrial discovery,” Leen wrote.
She also said the media and the public do not have a “common law or First Amendment right” to access pretrial evidence obtained by the government.
Leen, however, said all materials the government obtained through “open sources,” during its investigation, including statements made by the defendants on the internet or social media, will not be covered under the protective order and can remain public.
Attorney Maggie McLetchie — who represents the Review-Journal, Battle Born Media and The Associated Press — said she was disappointed with the judge’s decision.
“From the media’s perspective, the order still cloaks much of the information about this case in secrecy despite the heightened need for transparency the judge recognized when allowing the media to intervene,” McLetchie said. “It is deeply troubling that so many documents will be automatically hidden from public view.”
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Editor’s Note: With eyes cast back in time to COINTELPRO, and an endless parade of government lies before and since, how on earth am I to believe the judge’s statement about “threats”, when any number of federal agencies would readily manufacture such “threats” in order to give such a judge this flimsy excuse to hide the truth from the People? This is bigger than this year’s election, bigger than our economic woes. This judge is testing new depths in totalitarianism. This must not be allowed to stand.