Bunkerville Political Prisoner Todd Engel Needs Our Help
UPDATE: Todd Engel’s sentencing has been postponed until March, 2018.
UPDATE: Thank you message from Todd Engel.
Todd Engel was tried in the first of the three Bunkerville trials, and has had very poor representation by a series of three court appointed attorneys. They wouldn’t work with him or even communicate with him, and one had trouble staying awake in the courtroom.
For a short time, Todd was allowed to represent himself, and he did that very well. However, Judge Navarro denied even that when Todd mentioned Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management Special Agent in Charge at the Bunkerville standoff. Many topics were off limits, including the 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, the Constitution, and the reason he went to the Bundy Ranch. Almost all of the defense witnesses were intimidated or denied by Judge Gloria Navarro. Basically, the federal prosecution was allowed by the judge to prosecute, but the defendants were not allowed a defense.
Todd was convicted of two very minor charges. In the second trial, and now as the third trial is starting, information is coming out that would have helped his case. This includes conflicting testimony by federal employees, questions about documents shredded that day, videos taken by federal employees at the ranch, and testimony by Dan Love who was terminated by the BLM. Much of this should have been included in discovery and given to defense attorneys at all three trials, but it wasn’t. Various federal employees have also testified that they do not recall important details. The third trial has been postponed for a week due to these issues.
Todd Engel is due to be sentenced on December 22. The charges call for about 33 months, but the prosecution is going for 20 years. Todd now has a good attorney who is willing to work for expenses, but he does need those costs covered.
If you would like to help Todd pay for his attorney, this is the link set up by his sister – PayPal.me/Freedom4Todd Any amount will help. I was at Todd’s detention hearing in Idaho after he was arrested, but I couldn’t attend his trial, so I just donated towards his attorney.
The following live-stream video is by Andrea Parker, wife of defendant Eric Parker, and Kelli Cooper, Todd’s sister. There is more information here, and Kelli reads a letter from Todd. (There is no sound the first minute or so, and Andrea starts over when that is corrected.)
Update on Todd Engel. He has found a lawyer for sentencing. Needs helpPayPal.me/Freedom4ToddSound comes in a minute in the video
Posted by Andrea Olson-Parker on Thursday, November 9, 2017
Photo: Todd Engel in his natural habitat. He has been in prison since he (and many others) were arrested in early March, 2016. The photo is from facebook.
More articles here in chronological order:
by Shari Dovale March 21, 2017 The trial for the Political Prisoners in Las Vegas, Nevada continues this week. The prosecution has presented their case over 5 weeks, even extending it beyond what they originally stated. Judge Gloria Navarro has allowed the prosecution much leeway, but has ruled that the defendants will not need the same concessions. She has micro-managed the defense case repeatedly and has now decided the six defendants will only need a week to present their case.
by Shari Dovale With the reports coming out if the courtroom in Las Vegas, Nevada, it is obvious that the defendants will not be allowed a fair trial. Some of the key testimony the defense was planning has been denied them.
by Shari Dovale It has been two days that the defense has been attempting to present their case to the jury in the Bunkerville trial being held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Out of these two days, the jury has been in the courtroom about 15 minutes, or so. The remaining time has been filled with frustrations from the defendants and laughter from the Judge and prosecutors.
by Shari Dovale The Bunkerville protest trial, first round, is coming to end. The closing statements have been given over the past two days. Each attorney spoke well and powerfully for their client. Todd Engel, the only defendant to represent himself, had a short and emotional closing statement for the jury. However, nearly every sentence he uttered was objected to by the prosecution. It was obvious that the prosecutors were trying to ‘rattle’ him to keep him from being effective.
THE BEDROCK OF OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS UNDER ATTACK IN THIS LAS VEGAS FEDERAL COURTROOM. by Shari Dovale During the first trial of the Bunkerville defendants, this past March, Judge Gloria Navarro made the specific point to Todd Engel that, in her courtroom, defendants have only three rights. In happened after Engel, who was representing himself as was his right to do, asked the unforgivable question, “Is it true that [Special Agent In Charge] Dan Love is under criminal investigation?”
The prosecution threw fits, yelling objections. Navarro not only sustained their objections, but stripped Engel of his right to self-representation. Navarro told Engel that he had lost his privilege to self-representation and was no longer allowed to talk in her courtroom.
She went on to say that, “As a defendant, you have only THREE rights.”
She said that he had the right to:
- Plead Guilty
- Testify on his own behalf
- Appeal his conviction
TODD ENGEL’S ARE THE LEAST SERIOUS OF ALL THE CHARGES, AND DO NOT CARRY ENHANCEMENTS OR MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCING. by Shari Dovale November 5, 2017 Todd Engel is one of the Bunkerville defendants that will face Judge Gloria Navarro in a sentencing hearing. Out of a 16-count indictment, Engel was charged with 10 counts and convicted of 2 counts after his trial earlier this year.