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A federal judge dismissed all charges against the Nevada farmer Cliven Bundy, his two sons and another man on Monday after the prosecutors accuse of deliberately withholding evidence of Bundy’s lawyers.
U. S. District Judge Gloria Navarro cited “egregious prosecutorial misconduct” in its decision to dismiss all charges against the Nevada farmer and the three others.
“The court is of the opinion that the universal sense of justice has been violated,” Navarro said.
“The government lied or [the actions were] so grossly negligent as to put down.”
– Judge Andrew Napolitano
Bundy’s supporters cheered as he walked out of court a free man embraces his wife. He said that he would have been sentenced to 700 days as a “political prisoner” for a refusal to recognize federal authority over the land for his cattle ranch.
On Dec. 20, Navarro, declared a mistrial in the high-profile Bundy case. It was only the latest, stunning development in the saga of the Nevada farmer, who led a tense, armed confrontation with federal officials are trying to take over his country. The clash served as a public rejection of the federal government.
The Brady rule, named after the landmark 1963 Supreme court case known as Brady usa. Maryland, holds that failure to disclose such evidence of a violation of an accused right to a fair trial.
“In this case is the failure to comply with Brady were excellent, extraordinary,” said Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano. “The judge exercised enormous patience.”
To many, Bundy is a hero of the people, which arose from the federal government
The 71-year-old Bundy’s battle with the federal government, which eventually led to what is now known as the Bundy stand-off of 2014. But it all began much earlier.
In the beginning of the 1990s, the U.S. government limited grazing rights on federal land to protect the desert tortoise habitat. In 1993, Bundy, in protest, refused to renew his permit for cattle grazing, and continued grazing his cattle on these public lands. He did not recognize the authority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on the sovereign state of Nevada.
The federal courts of the part of the BLM, and Bundy doesn’t seem to have a legal leg to stand on. Nevertheless, the farmer and the government continued this dispute for 20 years, and Bundy ultimately by more than $1 million in costs and fines.
Came to a head in 2014, when officials planned to capture and impound cattle trespassing on government land. Protesters, many armed, tried to block the authorities, which led to a stalemate. For a time, they even shut down a section of I-15, the main interstate highway running through the South of Nevada.
The tensions escalated to officials, out of fear for the general safety, announced that she would return Bundy’s cattle and suspend the roundup.
After that, Bundy continued to graze his cattle and not paying fees. He and his co-protesters were heroes to some, but criminals to the federal government. Bundy, along with others seen as leaders of the conflict, including the sons of Ammon and Ryan and the militia member Ryan Payne, were charged with numerous crimes, including conspiracy, murder of a federal officer and use of a firearm in a violent crime. They face many years in prison.
The Bundy case finally went to trial in October of last year. But just two months later, it ended with Him angry, the fbi humiliated and Bundy – at least to his supporters – the equal.
Navarro suspended by the process previously and warned for a mistrial when prosecutors released the information after the discovery deadline. In short, the government was late in handing over of more than 3,300 pages of documents. Furthermore, a number of defence requests for information finally came to light, was ridiculed by prosecutors as “fantastic” and a “fishing expedition.”
“The government lied or [her actions were] so grossly negligent as to put down,” Napolitano said. “This happened over and over again.”
Navarro said Monday it was clear that the FBI was involved in the prosecution, and it was no coincidence that most of the evidence that was held back – that would have worked in Bundy’s grace – came from the FBI, AZCentral reported.
The newspaper said after the courtroom doors opened, following Navarro’s statement, a great shout went up from a crowd of spectators that had gathered outside.
Fox News’ Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Steve Kurtz is a producer for the Fox News Channel, and author of “Steve’s America (the perfect gift for people with the name Steve)”.