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MISTRIAL in Bunkerville Protest Trial

by Shari Dovale


The verdicts are in for the first tier defendants in the Bunkerville Protest trial.

There are 6 defendants facing 10 counts each. There are potentially over 70 counts the collective defendants could be found guilty on. This includes separate “brandishing” enhancements to each of the three firearms charges.

The jury has announced they are hopelessly deadlocked on most of the charges, including the charges of conspiracy. Judge Gloria Navarro has declared a mistrial on those charges.

Though the jury is in disagreement about most of the charges, they have reached consensus on the following:

Greg Burleson, the former FBI informant, has been found guilty on 8 out of 10 charges. Additionally, he was found guilty of brandishing associated with each of the 3 firearms charges he was found guilty on.

Todd Engel, of Boundary County Idaho, has been found guilty on 2 charges. These charges are to do with obstruction of justice and interstate travel to aid in extortion.

    • Count 6- Use and Carry of a firearm: Greg Burleson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 8- Threatening a Federal Officer
      Greg Burleson is found guilty.
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 9-Use & Carry of a Firearm during a Crime of Violence
      Greg Burleson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 12- Obstruction of Justice
      Greg Burleson is found guilty
      Todd Engel is found guilty
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 4- Interference of Commerce & Extortion
      Greg Burleson is found guilty.
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 15- Use & Carry of a Firearm
      Greg Burleson is found guilty and jury found in addition guilty of brandishing his weapon.
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Count 16- Interstate Travel & aide to Extortion
      Greg Burleson is found guilty
      Todd Engel is found guilty
      Hung jury, No verdict on all others.
    • Jury instructed under Allen charge to deliberate further on all ‘Hung Jury’ charges they were unable to unanimously decide.

The jury came back last week to ask for more clarification of the definition of conspiracy. The judge was, apparently, not clear enough for the jury on this charge as they have not been able to reach an agreement to any conspiracy.

Each charge these defendants have faced is a felony with mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.

Todd Engel was convicted of two of the smallest charges that were listed. They are, basically, stemming from his internet postings, or emails. He is expected to receive minimum sentencing, possibly time served or probation.

Greg Burleson was found guilty of all charges with the exception of the conspiracy charges. He was also given the enhancements for “Brandishing” to each of the 3 firearms charges. These mandatory guidelines require him to serve so much time that there is no chance of him leaving prison during his lifetime.

Navarro has scheduled sentencing dates for the two defendants today. Burleson is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th and Engel is scheduled for the following day, July 27th.

May 25th has been set for more information on the next round of this trial. The defendants are expected to be returned to Pahrump detention, though they plan to argue for release pending the new trial.

There has been a great team in Las Vegas keeping everyone up to date on everything that has happened. It is hard to name them all, but each one is very appreciated. Here are some of today’s updates:

Andrea Parker shares a synopsis of this morning’s verdicts here:

Partial verdict

Posted by Andrea Olson-Parker on Monday, April 24, 2017

John Lamb, who has been reporting since the start of the trial, reports here:

MISTRIAL DECLEARED IN 1ST NEVADA TRIAL questions from jurors as they work on the verdict

Posted by John Lamb on Monday, April 24, 2017

 
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13 comments

    1. There are more ways to support than sitting quietly in a courtroom. The judge was recommended by Harry Reid and appointed by Obama. It went downhill from there.

      The mainstream media mostly ignored the trial and showed their bias the few times it was mentioned. Redoubt News and Oath Keepers made a concerted effort to get the truth out. Here are just a few of the Bunkerville articles on the Oath Keepers website. https://oathkeepers.org/page/1/?s=Bunkerville

      1. Right because the call for Oath Keepers to spend day in Berkeley fighting for free speech is much more important than being a witness to the unconstitutional actions of a “judge” who took an OATH!!!

        Articles just don’t cut the mustard!!!!!!!

        1. There was no way we could have had any impact at the trial in Las Vegas. Those on trial had no free speech. They, and their legal representation were muzzled by the judge and not allowed a proper defense. The many unconstitutional actions have already been exposed by the witnesses who were there, and everyone else who has re-posted the truth. That fight isn’t over.

          We did have an effect at the rallies in Berkeley. On the 15th, Antifa approached us and stopped. They never made it inside the park area we were protecting. On the 27th, Antifa was marching towards the rally and Berkeley PD stopped them and told them they would have remove their masks and show their faces. If Antifa had complied, we were ready to keep the speakers and attendees safe again. The Antifa refused to show their faces, and left.

          Were you at the trial in Las Vegas?

  1. Who is Greg Burleson in all of this? What was his alleged role? More specifically was he one of the good guys?

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