Bundys Found Not Guilty In Refuge Occupation Trial
All seven defendants have been acquitted! Ammon and Ryan still face charges in Nevada stemming from the Bundy ranch situation.
Perhaps this was a case of Jury Nullification, or perhaps some jurors just simply agreed with the defense case. The jurors might also have reacted to the obvious bias of Judge Brown. Regardless, the Feds lost. The power of the Federal Government, and its lackeys, could not convict these seven defendants. This case just goes to show it is jurors that hold the real power, not the judges or prosecutors. -Shorty Dawkins
by Conrad Wilson
Ammon and Ryan Bundy have been found not guilty of conspiracy. Their five co-defendants Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, David Fry, Kenneth Medenbach and Neil Wampler have all been found not guilty as well.
Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on Ryan Bundy’s theft of government property charge.
The jury returned its verdict after some six weeks of testimony followed by less than six hours deliberations, and the last minute replacement of a juror after an allegation surfaced that he was biased.
The jury was instructed to disregard their previous work and to re-consider the evidence.
“It was a pretty jaw-dropping verdict,” said OPB reporter Amelia Templeton of the climate in the courtroom.
“The jury began by reading out the verdict for Ammon Bundy, ostensibly the leader of the occupation, and when we heard that Ammon Bundy was not guilty, it became clear very quickly that likely no one in the case was going to be found guilty, and indeed, everyone has been acquitted.”
After the verdict was read, Ammon Bundy’s attorney Marcus Mumford was tackled to the ground by five U.S. Marshals. He insisted his client was free to go. Ammon Bundy faces a US Marshall hold and is supposed to be transferred to Nevada where he faces charges for the Bunkerville standoff.
“There’s a hold for Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy out of the district of Nevada,” said Matt Schindler attorney for Kenneth Medenbach.