Judge: Ryan Bundy unfit to serve as his own lawyer
Thu., Aug. 25, 2016
PORTLAND – Federal Judge Anna J. Brown is set to strip Oregon standoff defendant Ryan Bundy of his ability to represent himself in court.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the judge wrote in an order filed Wednesday that Bundy has been unwilling to follow her orders and has shown an “open defiance” of the court’s authority.
Brown gave Bundy until Monday to “show cause” why she shouldn’t reinstate an attorney to represent him.
She wrote that by repeatedly raising “frivolous issues and matters” that the court has previously ruled on or resolved, Bundy has engaged in “serious and obstructionist misconduct,” “abused the dignity of the courtroom” and used his pro se status as a “license not to comply with relevant rules of procedural and substantive law.”
Bundy is one of eight defendants charged with conspiring to impede federal employees at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
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