Monday, September 19, 2016

Testimony enters 4th day in Malheur occupation trial

Monday marks the second week in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation trial, and more witnesses are expected to testify. Harney County Sheriff David Ward testified last week that occupiers warned of an organized invasion if he didn’t protect locals from the federal government. Ammon and Ryan Bundy were among those who took over the refuge after calling on Sheriff Ward to protect 2 local ranchers facing additional prison time for setting fires on federal lands. During opening statements, occupiers said it was their goal to help local landowners deal with an overreaching federal government that abused their rights for decades. Seven occupiers, including Ammon and Ryan Bundy, pleaded not guilty to impeding federal employees from carrying out their work at the refuge. Defense attorneys used Facebook evidence in court Friday to show other occupiers had little to no contact with the Bundys prior to the occupation. KOIN

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