Defendants found not guilty in refuge occupation trial
PORTLAND, Ore. – A jury found the defendants not guilty on all counts in the trial of six men and one woman who occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.
After the verdict was read, Marcus Mumford, who is Ammon Bundy’s attorney, was tackled by U.S. Marshals as he was arguing with the judge. Mufmord was yelling that his client was free to go. He is in U.S. Marshals custody.
One of the defendants told KGW’s Mike Benner that the marshals shocked Mumford with a Taser.
Ammon Bundy will remain in custody because the U.S. government has a hold on him. The Bundys are still facing charges in Nevada stemming from a high-profile 2014 standoff with federal agents trying to round up their father Cliven Bundy’s cattle.
Jurors announced on Thursday that they reached an agreement on all but one charge. The jury made the announcement after deliberating for more than a week.
The trial centered on felony charges of conspiracy, with federal prosecutors arguing that all of the defendants kept federal employees from doing their jobs when the defendants and at least 19 others occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January and early February.
UPDATE: video by Redoubt News – Marcus Mumford after Bundy verdict.
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