The federal government tried and failed to bully associates of Cliven Bundy.
A jury rejected the government’s charges against Bundy associates.
Two men were acquitted of all charges and two others were found not guilty on most charges against them.
The Las Vegas Sun reports:
A federal jury in Las Vegas refused Tuesday to convict four defendants who were retried on accusations that they threatened and assaulted federal agents by wielding assault weapons in a 2014 confrontation to stop a cattle roundup near the Nevada ranch of states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy.
More than 30 defendants’ supporters in the courtroom broke into applause after Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro ordered Lovelien and Stewart freed immediately and set Wednesday morning hearings to decide if Parker and Drexler should remain jailed pending a government decision whether to seek a third trial.
“Random people off the streets, these jurors, they told the government again that we’re not going to put up with tyranny,” said a John Lamb, a Montana resident who attended almost all the five weeks of trial, which began with jury selection July 10.
“They’ve been tried twice and found not guilty,” Bundy family matriarch Carol Bundy said outside court. “We the people are not guilty.”
Here’s how Bundy supporters reacted:
— Craig Fiegener (@CraigNews3LV) August 22, 2017
This sets the stage for the trial of Cliven Bundy himself later this year.
Will justice be done?