Four individuals who participated in the Bundy Ranch stand-off in 2014 were acquitted today of most charges. They were charged with threatening and assaulting federal agents because they carried assault rifles and participated in rancher Cliven Bundy’s massive stand against federal tyranny that nearly turned bloody for all participants.
Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart were acquitted on all ten counts while Scott Drexler and Eric Parker were acquitted on most counts. The Bundy supporters in the court room broke into applause immediately after the verdict was read, as prosecutors stood there sickened and stunned by the result.
“They’ve been tried twice and found not guilty,” said Carol Bundy, the matriarch of the Bundy family, after the verdict was rendered. “We the people are not guilty.”
This was the second time the men were tried in the court of law. Lovelien and Stewart are now free men while jurors returned no verdicts on four of Parker’s charges and hung on two charges for Drexler. Parker and Drexler are still incarcerated for the time being, and U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre indicated that yet another trial may be in order as they remain incredibly desperate to make examples of these patriots.
During the court proceedings, the defendants were denied the right to defend themselves to the jury. Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro set rules so strict that defendants could not even express why they traveled to Nevada to take a stand with the oppressed rancher and his kin. Five prospective defense witnesses were rejected by Navarro as well.
But these heavy-handed tactics did not work on the jury. Navarro’s plan backfired, and the jurors remembered their consciences while they were deliberating. Ultimately, they refused to convict these four patriots on any of the charges.
“Random people off the streets, these jurors, they told the government again that we’re not going to put up with tyranny,” said John Lamb, a resident of Montana who watched most of the court proceedings, in a Las Vegas Sun report.
The feds hope to try Cliven and his sons, Ammon and Ryan, later this year. They were hoping to make examples out of these four individuals, but their plan backfired because the jury understood their rights and obeyed the Constitution rather than the edicts of corrupt bureaucrats in the federal court system.