Eric Parker Motions to Allow Jury to Inspect Toquop Wash on I-15 In Person

Stewart, Bundy (Melvin), and Lovelien Motion for Joinder

Eric Parker motioned to allow the jury in the first Bundy Ranch Trial, slated to begin Monday, 06 February 2017, to personally inspect the Toquop Wash underneath Interstate 15 in Clark County, Nevada. The Tuquop Wash, near mile marker 115, was setting for the for the Government’s reckless escalation of tension on Saturday, 12 April 2014. Hours after then Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie publicly announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would cease roundup operations, supporters of Cliven Bundy and protesters alike gathered in the wash to watch the release of these cattle and drive them back to the Bunkerville Allotment. Continue reading “Eric Parker Motions to Allow Jury to Inspect Toquop Wash on I-15 In Person”

Audio From Friday, 09 December 2016 Bundy Ranch Oral Argument Hearing

Arguments for several important motions heard

Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen of the District of Nevada heard oral arguments for several important motions in the upcoming Bundy Ranch Protest trial. Motions to Sever and Dismiss were heard from both Defense Attorneys and the US Attorneys. The audio is uploaded to YouTube and a link is embedded below. The video hosted on YouTube has clickable links to each segment of the hearing. Continue reading “Audio From Friday, 09 December 2016 Bundy Ranch Oral Argument Hearing”

Tier 3 Defendant Todd Engel Will Represent Himself At Trial

Motion to Withdraw as Attorney Granted

Todd Engel’s motion to dismiss his court-appointed attorney was granted by Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen on Friday, 23 December 2016. Engel will represent himself at the first Bundy Ranch Trial as a “Tier 3” defendant. At the status hearing on 09 December 2016, Engel’s attorney was reported to have fallen asleep, then left and did not return for the remainder of the hearing. The attorney (who was Engel’s second) also filed a motion to have Engel tried no earlier than May 2017 so that he could have time to review all of the discovery evidence. The attorney will remain in a stand-by capacity while Engel prepares for and goes to trial. Continue reading “Tier 3 Defendant Todd Engel Will Represent Himself At Trial”

The Impact of Stacked 924(c) "Crime of Violence" Charges – And Why They May Be Unconstitutionally Applied

Introduction

Defendants in the USA vs Bundy et al case face multiple charges of 18 USC 924(c), or “Crimes of Violence”. These charges are “enhancements” that get stacked upon a “predicate offense” (the primary offense). A 924(c) charge is unique primarily for two reasons:

  • It introduces stiff mandatory minimum sentences that cannot be subject to probation and
  • cannot be served concurrently with any other 924(c) conviction or concurrently with any other sentence for an applicable predicate offense.

The outcome is one where first-time offenders could potentially face absurdly excessive penalties, including life sentences, simply for being in possession of a weapon; exactly what we are seeing with regard to Idaho’s four political prisoners. Continue reading “The Impact of Stacked 924(c) "Crime of Violence" Charges – And Why They May Be Unconstitutionally Applied”

Tier 3 Defendants Submit Jury Selection Questions

On Friday, 16 December 2016 attorneys for the six “tier three” defendants submitted 46 potential questions to be used in the jury selection process for the upcoming trial, beginning Monday, 06 February 2017. Besides asking if potential jurors were affected by the (absurdly incorrect) Kihuen Flier, the question pool directly addresses issues related to the First and Second Amendments, as well as probing for the ability of a juror to think critically and not accept an opinion as fact. Here are the proposed questions: Continue reading “Tier 3 Defendants Submit Jury Selection Questions”

Eric Parker Discusses 09 December 2016 Status Hearing

Motions to Sever and Dismiss were argued before the judge…

Eric Parker discusses some of the motions argued before Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen. Motions to Sever and Motions to Dismiss were argued by both the US Attorneys and Defendants Attorneys.

Almost all defendants had motions to sever, including a motion from the Government to sever the defendants into three tiers. Cliven Bundy had a Motion to Dismiss on the basis that the Government has no jurisdiction over the Bunkerville Allotment. Ammon Bundy had a Motion to Dismiss based on the BLM’s destruction of evidence at the impoundment area. Finally, almost all defendants had motions to joinder to Motion to Dismiss 924(c) “crime of violence” charges. Continue reading “Eric Parker Discusses 09 December 2016 Status Hearing”

Trial Dates Set in Bundy Ranch Case

Tier 3 Defendants Proceed to Trial in February 2017

Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen has ruled that Tier 3 Defendants (Parker, Drexler, Stewart, Engel, Lovelien, and Burleson) will proceed to trial on 06 February 2017. Several motions await ruling, including motions to drop 924(c) charges. Continue reading “Trial Dates Set in Bundy Ranch Case”

Important Hearing for Bundy Ranch Political Prioners

Trajectory of trial to be impacted…

UPDATE: 09 Dec 2017, 15:30 HRS PDT
– No rulings on any motions today.

Loyd D George Federal Courthouse
Loyd D George Federal Courthouse

Friday, 09 December 2016: 17 political prisoners await the results of a watershed hearing in Las Vegas, NV. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen (who will not preside over the actual trial) will hear oral arguments related to: Continue reading “Important Hearing for Bundy Ranch Political Prioners”