Friday, July 6, 2018

Judge to Feds: "You had your chance, and you blew it. Now go away."

I'm pleased to see that the judge in the Bundy case has finally showed prosecutors the door.

A federal judge rejected prosecutors’ request Tuesday to reconsider her dismissal of the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and friend Ryan Payne.

U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro dismissed conspiracy charges against the four men on Jan. 8 after finding that prosecutors had acted “with prejudice” throughout the trial, The Oregonian reported. Federal prosecutors violated federal law and failed to share evidence favorable to the defendants case with the court. (RELATED: Bundy Case Dismissed, Judge Orders Rancher Released)

“The Court’s finding of outrageous government conduct was not in error,” Navarro wrote in her 11-page ruling, obtained by The Oregonian. “On the contrary, a universal sense of justice was violated by the Government’s failure to provide evidence that is potentially exculpatory.”

. . .

Myhre’s team of prosecutors had dismissed several claims of missing and hidden evidence by the defendants as “fantastical” and a “fishing expedition.” However, an investigation into the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) handling of the 2014 Nevada standoff with the Bundys revealed “incredible bias,” widespread misconduct and likely illegal actions by the BLM.

There's more at the link.

The evidence of misconduct by both the Bureau of Land Management, and then by Federal prosecutors, was so damning that it would have been a travesty of justice to reach any other decision.  I hope Mr. Bundy and his family sues the heck out of the BLM and the prosecutors for their misdeeds.  They deserve it.  I'm just sorry that any award will come out of taxpayers' pockets.  I'd prefer to see the property and possessions of the guilty officials confiscated and sold to pay the damages.



HMS Defiant said...

Its what our lame Justice does to people they hate. Look at their attack on Ted Stevens in Alaska and all the cases in Texas.

tweell said...

This will teach the feds - to do a better job of judge shopping next time. I wouldn't bet on anything more.

Paul said...

They have killed people in this case. It is a growing lack of respect the feds have for us the people. Soon we will have to teach them what happens to ministers of the king when they get a little uppity.

Aesop said...

I'm wondering why the prosecutors aren't being disbarred for egregious misconduct.

Conspiracy to commit murder charges against the authorities would seem to be in line for federal and state officialdom as well.

See how TPTB like sitting at the defendants' table.

deb harvey said...

i all it 'the injustice system'.
it is nothing like the tv shows.
justice is seldom served. at least from my passing knowledge of several cases.