Article provided by on . Four men charged with felonies for their participation in the 2014 Bundy Stand-off in Nevada were not convicted after a second attempt again resulted in mistrials for two of the accused and full acquittal for the other two. While the prosecutor intends to make a third attempt, all four, Scott Drexler, Ricky Lovelien, Eric Parker and Steven Stewart have been ordered to be released.
This comes after a trial where U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro worked closely with the prosecution to deny the defense the opportunity to argue that Constitution of the United States, First or Second Amendment protected them from guilt or that they be able to allow the jury to hear any evidence about their state of mind or reasons why they were present during the stand-off. Judge Navarro even ordered Eric Parker off the witness stand during his testimony in front of the Jury. The Judge also refused to answer Juror's questions that may have benefited the defendants. The defense did not even present closing arguments before the jury began deliberations.
One of the jurors stated that on the charges for the two men where a mistrial was the result, they had voted 11 to 1 in favor of acquittal. It has also been reported that the Judge's decision to severely limit the defense was one of the primary considerations of the Jurors. Judge Navarro refused to recuse herself following a motion made by the defense in May of 2016 alleging bias. In the last trial, two men convicted were severely berated by her lengthy and scathing remarks during sentencing that clearly indicate she has no impartiality whatsoever when it comes to any of the defendants involved in the standoff. She believes the defendants committed a crime of intimidating law enforcement with weapons, and that no citizen has a right to defend themselves against the government.
Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre will try to convict Parker and Drexler through a third trial. The Bundy's own trial is not likely to begin until Myhre either gets convictions for Parker or Drexler, gives up or those two are also fully acquitted.
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