In October, the trial will get underway for Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and four other men involved in the standoff near Bunkerville, Nevada, in April 2014.
Last Thursday, Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro set a date of Oct. 10 for jury selection to begin in Las Vegas.
The four defendants outside the Bundy family include two men who were released to home detention, recently, after their last retrial ended with an acquittal on some charges and no verdict on other charges.
Also included in the group are defendants online media personality Peter Santilli of Cincinnati and Ryan Payne of Anaconda, Montana.
Ryan Bundy, who has chosen to represent himself, reportedly told the judge that after spending 18 months in custody, he deserved to be released, as his right to a speedy trial had been violated.
When the group was brought to court for the hearing Thursday, Ammon Bundy reportedly refused to go, as he objects to the strip-search procedure to which he is subjected each time he is transported, his attorney, Daniel Hill, said.
The original standoff occurred when the Bundy family and others who came to support them objected to the government’s rounding up of Bundy cattle off what is now called Gold Butte National Monument land, on which they had been grazing.
The Bundy family has grazed their cattle on the land since the early 1900s. They are accused of recruiting “militia members” to prevent the Bureau of Land Management from removing the cattle from the land.
Cliven Bundy has stated that he doesn’t recognize the federal government as having any authority over the land and that it should still be under control of the state.
Full disclosure: Dennis Michael Lynch testified in the first trial.
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