Friday, May 19, 2017

Judge rejects Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's attempt to jump-start trial

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy will get his day in court later rather than sooner. And while he waits, he will remain in custody. A federal judge this week rejected Bundy's attempt to jump-start his trial on conspiracy and weapons charges for taking up arms against federal agents in the 2014 standoff near his ranch. Nevada Judge Gloria Navarro said Bundy, 71, will have to wait to go to trial until after the retrial of four co-defendants has ended. That case is scheduled to begin June 26 and could take months. Navarro's ruling is the first clear indication that prosecutors are unwilling to let the four go after a jury deadlocked on all charges against them last month. "The government’s response indicated its intent to retry the ... defendants following the April 2017 mistrial," Navarro wrote...more

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