US District Judge Gloria Navarro ruled that the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons, and a supporter, will be dismissed ‘with prejudice,’ which means Bundy cannot be tried again on the same charges. In trial, prosecutors hid exculpatory evidence including a video of FBI snipers monitoring the Bundy Ranch even prior to the BLM raid, and they withheld reports that the BLM was actually trying to provoke a violent conflict to justify harsh action against the Bundys.
Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial (instead of dismissing charges) in the Bundy Ranch case saying US prosecutors willfully withheld critical evidence from the defense. Prosecutors maintained the FBI was not involved in the standoff and that no video surveillance or sniper teams were used. They charged defendants with making false claims about snipers and videos in order to incite militia groups to their defense. All of Bundy’s claims were true, and the government was lying. Judge Navarro will decide if all charges will be dismissed at a hearing on Jan. 8.
Nevada: Larry Wooten, a lead investigator for the Bureau of Land Management into its 2014 attempt to force the Bundy family off their cattle ranch, submitted a memo to the Department of Justice that exposed BLM bias, corruption, and persecution of the Bundy family. The memo included the fact that the BLM failed to turn over important evidence that could have helped the defense of 19 defendants who consequently have spent two years in prison.