Friday, February 26, 2016

Ethics complaint filed against attorneys representing Ammon Bundy

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis has filed an ethics complaint against the two lawyers representing Ammon Bundy, the leader of the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the Eugene Register Guard reported. Bundy was arrested and jailed during a traffic stop Jan. 26. Marquis said the lawyers, Mike Arnold and Lissa Casey, may have violated a rule that is supposed to keep attorneys from publicly saying too much before a trial. The Clatsop County district attorney said he believes the two attorneys, through news conferences, have sought to influence potential jurors, the newspaper reported. In a statement to KATU, Casey called the complaint "frivolous." "When the government is complaining about free speech in a free speech case, the irony of that is not lost on me. I was shocked to find out that the chief law enforcement officer of Clatsop County doesn't know the law on pretrial publicity," she said. "This frivolous complaint will not deter us from seeking justice for Ammon."...more

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