On Monday, word came down that charges against Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy and the rest of his co-defendants had been dismissed by U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro — with prejudice.
In 2014 Bundy, you will remember, along with his two sons and a “militiaman” had been involved in an armed standoff with agents of the Bureau of Land Management over grazing fees on public land.
BLM maintained he owed more than $1.3 million in fees and tried to round his cattle up.
The problem is, he tried to pay it.
… documents obtained by the Las Vegas Sun show Bundy tried to pay his debt — at least once. He just sent the check to the wrong government agency.
A check for $1,961.47 was issued to Clark County in March 1994 with the intention of clearing the Bunkerville rancher of grazing fees owed from March 1993 through that date. The check was returned with instruction to send it to the BLM, which he stopped paying after federal officials restricted grazing on the 500,000-acre, open-range Bunkerville Allotment to protect the endangered Desert Tortoise species.
The date is consistent with what federal officials say is when Bundy began allowing his livestock to graze on the land illegally, and the amount he paid to the county was the same that he owed the BLM for that one-year time period.
Navarro declared a mistrial about a month ago, and in dismissing the charges absolutely hammered the prosecution.
Says the LA Times:
Navarro … shredded the government for a “reckless disregard for Constitutional obligations.” She said she was troubled by the prosecution’s tardiness in delivering information about the government’s placing of surveillance cameras and snipers outside the ranch.
That’s right, the Feds surrounded the man’s ranch, agents on site called the Bundys everything Click to see the original article