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Retrial begins in Vegas for 4 defendants in Bundy standoff

Armed assault and lawful protest were the opposing scenarios presented to a federal jury in Las Vegas as the retrial began for four men who bore assault-style weapons during a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle in April 2014.

Jury selection begins in Bundy standoff retrial in Nevada

Jury selection has begun in federal court in Las Vegas for the retrial of four men who brought assault-style weapons to a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up Cliven Bundy’s cattle in April 2014.

Trial date delayed for Bundy and sons in Nevada standoff case

A federal judge in Las Vegas is pushing back the trial date for Nevada rancher and states’ rights advocate Cliven Bundy, four of his sons and six other defendants until after a retrial for at least four men whose prosecution ended with a hung jury.

Two convicted in Bundy ranching standoff in Nevada

A jury in Las Vegas has found two men guilty of federal charges in an armed standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up cattle near Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch in 2014.

Judge restricts workers’ testimony about fear over Oregon ranching standoff

Federal wildlife employees will again be barred from testifying about any fear they felt during last winter’s armed occupation of a national bird sanctuary in southeastern Oregon. U.S. District Judge Anna Brown prevented such testimony during a trial last fall in which occupation leader Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants were acquitted of conspiring to impede workers from doing their jobs at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the 41-day protest.

Spokane’s Michael Ormsby assigned to handle case against Ammon Bundy’s attorney

A federal prosecutor from Spokane has been named to handle the citation given to Ammon Bundy’s attorney, who was tackled and shocked with a Taser by U.S. Marshals in October after arguing with a judge in Portland. Michael Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, filed a notice of appearance Tuesday and assigned Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Ohms to represent the government in the case, which is scheduled to be heard at 9 a.m. Friday in Portland.

Prosecutors in Nevada asking for 3 ranching standoff trials

Federal prosecutors want a judge in Nevada to schedule a trio of trials for the 17 defendants jailed on charges stemming from an armed confrontation in April 2014 with U.S. officials over grazing rights near cattleman Cliven Bundy’s ranch.

AP, others news outlets want jurors’ names released in Oregon standoff

Three media organizations, including the Associated Press, have filed a motion asking a federal judge to unseal the identities of the jurors who acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon.

Bundy brothers back in custody in Nevada for Feb. 2 trial

Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan, are back in federal custody in Nevada ahead of a February trial on charges stemming from a 2014 standoff with federal agents outside their father’s ranch near Bunkerville.

SR: Acquittals don’t justify takeover

In his editorial for the SR today, Opinion Editor Gary Crooks comments that the surprise acquittals of defendants arrested in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff early this year don't justify the actions of the armed protestors.

Not guilty

Armed antigovernment protesters led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy were acquitted Thursday of federal conspiracy and weapons charges stemming from the takeover of a federally owned wildlife sanctuary in Oregon last winter. The New York Times reports. (Question: What will be the fallout from these acquittals?)

Jury acquits leaders of Oregon standoff

A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government Thursday in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon.

Prosecutor: Refuge occupiers practiced hand-to-hand combat

The armed occupiers who seized a remote bird sanctuary in Oregon’s high desert early this year were divided into squads and drilled in hand-to-hand combat, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday as the trial began for seven people accused in the standoff.