Mistrial declared by judge in ‘Battle of Bunkerville’ trial of Bundys
By Chris Eger
Carol Bundy, from left, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Payne, Jeanette Finicum, Ryan Bundy, his wife, Angie, and his daughter, Jamie, walk out of the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (Photo: K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
A federal judge in Las Vegas on Wednesday declared a mistrial in the case against rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons, and a fourth man who took part in the 2014 confrontation with the federal government.
U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro cited the government’s failure to turn over documents that could help the defendants on over a dozen conspiracy and assault charges brought against them as cause to bring the trial to a halt. “The court does regrettably believe a mistrial in this case is the most suitable and only remedy,” said Navarro, as reported by The Oregonian.
Navarro had warned more than a week ago that government missteps could result in a mistrial, and sent jurors home until evidence issues were hammered out with prosecutors. Of concern to the judge were 493 pages of internal documents relating to controversial dismissed Bureau of Land Management agent Dan Love, who was key to the case; information about a surveillance camera the FBI had pointed at the ranch;