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Friday, July 08, 2016
Federal judge rejects Ammon and Ryan Bundy’s request for trial delay
A federal judge has rejected Ammon and Ryan Bundy’s request for a trial delay.
The Bundys and more than a dozen other defendants are scheduled for trial in September on charges stemming from the January takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Marcus Mumford, who replaced Mike Arnold as Ammon Bundy’s lawyer in May, seeks both the delay and his client’s pretrial release, contending he and Bundy have been unable to watch hours of video evidence with his client still jailed.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Bundy was recently moved from the jail in downtown Portland to one on the outskirts of the city.
U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown said Wednesday she couldn’t approve a delay without a showing that the Bundys, who initially insisted on a trial starting in April, couldn’t prepare for trial by Sept. 7.
She said the brothers have repeatedly proclaimed their innocence and outlined their defense for occupying the bird sanctuary. The defendants have said they asserted their First Amendment rights to protest the federal control of Western lands and demonstrate against the prison sentences of two Oregon ranchers while using their Second Amendment right to carry firearms in self-defense. In arguing against a delay, Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Gabriel said the September date allows the Bundys to have a fair and speedy trial in Oregon and time to prepare for a February trial on charges stemming from a standoff at their father’s Nevada ranch...more