Category Archives: Public Lands Ranching

Judge to curtail defense witnesses in Bundy standoff case

 After nearly two months of testimony by more than three dozen prosecution witnesses, defense attorneys were knocked off a plan to call most of about 10 witnesses. How do you spell Kangaroo Court? — jtl, 419 By Ken Ritter, Associated … Continue reading

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Court rules Hage family must pay $587K for grazing cattle on federal land in Nevada

“The federal government is going after all kinds of property,” Hage said. “Not just our property rights. This is a bellweather that they don’t want private property rights out there. They are extinguishing them as fast as they can.” And, … Continue reading

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Cheney Pushes for BLM 2.0 Rule Repeal

Well, there is still a lot of swamp to be drained but at least this is a start. — jtl, 419 via Northern Ag.NET This month freshman Wyoming Congressman Liz Cheney sponsored a resolution to repeal the Bureau of Land … Continue reading

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Prosecutor: No formal agreement to conspire in refuge takeover, but a ‘meeting of the minds’

Neil Wampler, one of the defendants acquitted during the trial last fall, attended, and just before a lunch break, stood to address U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown. “I still haven’t gotten my property back,” Wampler told her. And probably … Continue reading

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Fireworks, Rocky Start For 2nd Malheur Refuge Trial

“It’s very curious to me that [FBI agents] all testified to an arrest warrant when there isn’t one,” Brown said, referencing testimony taken in court Monday. “This is a problem.” The arrogant bastards won’t just lie, they’ll actually lie under oath. … Continue reading

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Jury seated for first trial in Bunkerville standoff case

Some of the jurors seated in the case have friends or relatives in law enforcement. One expressed during jury selection her belief that government agents should be held to a higher standard than the general public. I wouldn’t say that. … Continue reading

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BLM misconduct probe may derail Bundy Ranch standoff trial

By Jenny Kane and Robert Anglen in azcentral via THE WESTERNER An investigation accusing a federal agent of misconduct and ethics violations could derail one of the most high-profile land-use trials in modern Western history. Jury selection is scheduled to start in … Continue reading

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Prosecutors confirm FBI agents posed as film crew in Bunkerville standoff investigation

Defense lawyer Chris Rasmussen…said the undercover operation circumvented the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination for some of the defendants, along with their Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial… “It puts a chill in the air for people who want … Continue reading

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Group still seeking justice one year after rancher killed by deputies

“It is almost as if a scab has been peeled off that requires the healing to start. The scab is off,” Sheriff Ryan Zollman told the Idaho Statesman on the day he learned no charges would be filed against his … Continue reading

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Chaos erupts in courtroom after Bundy brothers, other Oregon occupiers found not guilty on federal charges

The trial lasted for weeks, though jury maneuver by the judge likely paved the way for the sweeping not guilty verdicts. I am elated for being able to be the bearer of good news for a change. Ou rah! This … Continue reading

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