The verdict is in: all defendants in the Oregon Standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge have been declared NOT GUILTY by a Federal jury. It took the jury just 5 hours to reach their verdict.
— Ammon Bundy (@Ammon_Bundy) October 27, 2016
The defendants: Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, David Fry, Kevin Medenbach, and Neil Wampler.
The charges for all 7 were: Conspiring to use intimidation, threats, or force to impede employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or Bureau of Land Management from carrying out their work during the course of the 41 day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: NOT GUILTY
Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Jeff Banta, David Fry: Possession of a Firearm or Dangerous Weapon in a Federal Facility during the course of the conspiracy: NOT GUILTY
— ARnews 1936 (@ARnews1936) October 28, 2016
— Audit The Media ???????? (@AuditTheMedia) October 27, 2016
— KATU News (@KATUNews) October 27, 2016
Heavy-handed feds- Sore losers?
Just after the verdict, Ammon’s attorney Marcus Mumford asked the judge to allow Ammon to leave a free man. She said no because there was a hold on him from the Bundy Ranch episode in April 2014. When Mumford asked her to show him that detainer, U.S. Marshalls descended on him, took him to the ground, and arrested him after reportedly tasering him.
The grounds of the courthouse were full of press, waiting for the jury’s verdict. The family members who had been praying so hard for the freedom of their loved ones stood out in the cold waiting. The Bundy Ranch says that the story the courts wouldn’t let them tell you will be coming soon.
Deliberations were ongoing until yesterday, when juror #11 was dismissed. The alternate juror #18 was the replacement and deliberations began anew this morning. But amazingly, the jury was able to reach a verdict Thursday…and it was one that shocked and amazed everyone.
You can almost feel the devil grinding his fangs over this one.
The Twitterverse has always been against the men and women who were at the wildlife refuge, calling them “domestic terrorists.” Now they are saying it was due to “white privilege,” and double standards on this day in which protesters were forcibly removed from the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The problem with keyboard warriors is that they had no idea what went on in the trial. They didn’t know about the evidence, or how the Feds conducted themselves. The judge had literally sealed off the trial from the public, making it a secret trial without any press allowed to view the information.
But it didn’t matter in the end. The jury was able to filter through the government b.s. and reach this verdict.
“I wept because they saw the truth. They heard it and they felt it in their hearts.” Shawna Cox