Ammon Bundy and his co-conspirators may see little prison time…at least from the Malheur NWF incident.
A federal judge has struck down charges against anti-government rancher Ammon Bundy and many of his co-defendants – charges that could have carried some very long prison terms. Without those charges, Bundy and his fellow defendants may face little or no prison time at all. In dismissing the charge of “threatened use of physical force,” the mere presence of firearms is not enough for the charges to stick, according to the judge.
They’re really splitting hairs – but that’s what lawyers, prosecutors and judges do every day. Here’s more on a head-scratcher of a story in the Oregonian. Click here.
As a footnote to the above, the situation in a similar Nevada stand-off involving Ammon Bundy and his father Clive Bundy, along with many others, might yet get caught in the “threat of physical violence” provision since guns and rifles were actually cocked and aimed at federal agents during the confiscation of Bundy cattle. Looking down the gun barrels of a small army, the federal agents released the cattle back to the Bundys and their supporters. The Bundys and their alleged accomplices in that incident are facing charges in federal court in Las Vegas that are similar to the ones they’re facing in federal court in Portland.