Bundy and followers not guilty

The people charged with occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have been acquitted.

This is astonishing. I’d never have predicted it, and have no idea what to make of it. It didn’t seem to be in dispute that they took over federal property. But as ever, the jury knows more about it than I do.

“Tumult erupted in the courtroom Thursday after the verdicts were read when an attorney for group leader Ammon Bundy demanded his client be immediately released and repeatedly yelled at the judge. U.S. marshals tackled attorney Marcus Mumford to the ground, used a stun gun on him several times and arrested him.”

Huh.

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3 Replies to “Bundy and followers not guilty”

  1. I’d been hoping for it, ever since they piled up a bunch of at best questionable charges– like claiming they destroyed gov’t property, when everyone in the area knew that the trench they were accused of digging had been there for months.

  2. The Portland jury acquitted Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 300 miles southeast of Portland.

    Oh ho ho! That’s their problem. :D THE PLACE WAS CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.

    And in Portland, they either are sick of vandalizing protesters being ignored or they want to make sure it won’t turn around and bite whatever the next Occupy is.

    It’s also possible that the media bit them in the tail–when folks found out the guys weren’t big scary monsters, it destroyed momentum.

  3. So guns and beards and unusual names weren’t enough, eh? One time when I was on a jury, the crime the defendant was charged with didn’t match up with what the prosecutor said he had done. So even if he had done everything the state said, that didn’t make him guilty of the crime they charged him with. We pretty much had to find him not guilty.

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