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Friday, October 28

Bundy case: "Even attorneys for the defendants were surprised by the acquittals"

"Maureen Valdez, right, cries and hugs another supporter after hearing the verdict outside federal court in Portland, Oregon on Thursday."

Photo: DON RYAN/AP

I too am surprised by the aquittal, which was across the board -- all Bundy's co-defendents acquitted on all counts. Ammon's faith in the majority of the American people has certainly been vindicated. The story is the stuff of legend. 

Bundy ... described federal government officials as modern day Roman emperors 

Ammon Bundy's 10 hours of testimony may have swayed jury to 'stunning' acquittal for armed Oregon standoff
By DENIS SLATTERY
Friday, October 28, 2016, 5:00 AM
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


Ammon Bundy (center)
Photo: (JIM URQUHART/REUTERS)

The leader of the armed Oregon standoff sat on the stand for more than three days, laying out his views on the Constitution, the federal government and the duty of man in his plain-spoken way .

It was Ammon Bundy’s 10 hours of testimony that likely won over jurors in a trial that concluded with seven people being acquitted Thursday of federal conspiracy and weapons charges, one legal expert said.

“It gave Ammon a chance to explain his side,” Lewis & Clark Law Professor Tung Yin told the Daily News. “And apparently the jury seemed to agree. I think it’s really hard to see this as anything other than jury nullification.”

The leader of the armed Oregon standoff sat on the stand for more than three days, laying out his views on the Constitution, the federal government and the duty of man in his plain-spoken way .

It was Ammon Bundy’s 10 hours of testimony that likely won over jurors in a trial that concluded with seven people being acquitted Thursday of federal conspiracy and weapons charges, one legal expert said.

“It gave Ammon a chance to explain his side,” Lewis & Clark Law Professor Tung Yin told the Daily News. “And apparently the jury seemed to agree. I think it’s really hard to see this as anything other than jury nullification.”

Jurors exonerated 41-year-old Bundy, his brother Ryan, 43, and five others on charges stemming from their six-week armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife refuge in rural Oregon.

The Bundys, the sons of anti-government Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, claimed during the takeover and the trial that they were acting in solidarity with two Oregon ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond. The Bundys said they believe the Hammonds were unfairly treated in an arson case.

The Bundys also saw their 41-day standoff — which began Jan. 2 — as a protest for their larger grievances against federal control of millions of acres of public lands in the West.

"This is much bigger than the Hammonds,” Ammon Bundy told the court about his quest in Oregon to bring awareness to what he called injustices carried out by the federal government. “It’s for my children, grandchildren.

“Everything comes from the Earth and if [the government] can get control of the resources, they can get control of the people.”

Bundy, a father of six, described federal government officials as modern day Roman emperors trying to rule over their subjects by restricting access to resource-rich territories.

“We need to wake up,” he told the jurors and the courtroom.

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