For all the mainstream media driven commenters and constitutionally illiterate people who have been badmouthing the Bundys and their stand at the Oregon Malheur Wildlife Reserve, both Bundy brothers, along with five others, have been found not guilty on all charges.
The Associated Press reports:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A federal jury has found Ammon Bundy and his six co-defendants not guilty on all charges for taking over a federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon earlier this year.
Led by Bundy, the defendants were part of a group that occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last winter. They were charged with conspiring to impede Interior Department employees from doing their jobs, through force, threat or intimidation.
The defendants said they were engaging in a peaceful protest, pressing their case against federal control of Western lands and the imprisonment of two ranchers convicted of setting fires.
The jury was also deciding whether four of them are guilty of possessing a firearm in a federal facility. Two defendants, Ryan Bundy and Kenneth Medenbach, were charged with theft of government property.
One juror was dismissed during deliberations and an alternate was brought in. The jury was in its fourth day of deliberations when Judge Anna Brown asked them for a verdict.
“A very quick verdict almost always means a verdict for the government,” said Medenbach’s attorney, Matthew Schindler.
“The level of deliberation that’s been undertaken in this case means we have jurors who are very interested in applying the burden of proof and making sure a complicated allegation of conspiracy has actually been proved in this case. It’s not as simple as showing that people were at the refuge.”
Marcus Mumford, Ammon Bundy’s attorney was taken into custody by US Marshals following his repeated claim that his client was free to go. Several people claimed he was tased, while others alleged he was tackled.
John Lamb released a video of emotional reaction to the verdict.
Posted by John Lamb on Thursday, October 27, 2016
Others reacted similarly.
Sounding the horn on the not guilty verdict. #LiveOnK2 pic.twitter.com/FqjiUb7U5w
— Reed Buterbaugh (@Reed_PDX) October 27, 2016
Not surprisingly, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, whose office conspired with the DC government to deal illegally with the protesters that led to the murder of Lavoy Finicum, voiced her disappointment with the jury’s decision.
“While I respect the jury’s decision, I am disappointed. The occupation of the Malheur Refuge by outsiders did not reflect the Oregon way of respectfully working together to resolve differences,” she said.
What she actually meant was that they didn’t fall in line like good comrades.
It was Brown’s oversight that led to the murder of LaVoy Finicum by the FBI and Oregon State Police. Several supporters of the occupation took to social media to remind people that a man was murdered during this legal protest.
“But one is still dead. Now the feds should be charged with murder,” wrote Sean Rogers on the Bundy Ranch Facebook page.
I could not agree more. It is not enough that these men were found not guilty. Now, justice must be brought on the heads of every single individual, including those in the White House, who had a hand in rounding these people up and in the murder of LaVoy Finicum.
Now, the Bundys will join other defendants in Nevada to face charges there springing from the 2014 standoff against hundreds of armed Bureau of Land Management agents.
In September, reporter Pete Santilli had all charges against him in the Oregon Maheur case dropped.
Let’s see if the tyrants in DC ramp up their efforts in Nevada, or if justice will once again prevail.
UPDATE: From reporter Pete Santilli via Deb Jordan’s Facebook Page.
A message to our brothers and sisters (Jurors) in Portland Oregon, supporters across this great Nation, and around the world — God moved so mightily today we felt the tremor of that NOT GUILTY verdict all the way from Portland Oregon to Pahrump Nevada! I promise you the same verdict is going to be read here too! 15 informants and hundred million dollars could not defeat the truth! God has just put the Devil on notice that he’s coming to Nevada and we are ready! #notguiltyinnevadaeither #freethepatriotsinnevada
~ PETE SANTILLI