Bothers not allowed to see one another in custody or meet for prayer.
Ammon Bundy, his lawyer Mike Arnold, and Ryan Bundy’s standby counsel Lisa Ludwig all met with a jail captain and lieutenant recently to discuss their concerns about lack of access to needed supplies and services, as well as not being allowed to communicate with one another.
The brothers are requesting access to the internet, in order to prepare for their September 7 federal trial, but the jail will not allow it, reports The Oregonian.
Instead, they have been told their attorneys can give them iPads pre-loaded with the documents and videos they need, and the sheriff’s office would make sure the devices are charged each day. That still won’t work, say the brothers, as internet service is needed to access a web-based legal program, “Relativity”, that’s used to review evidence.
They have requested access to the jail’s law library, and asked for desks in their cells to work from. They also want to be able to see each other and pray together.
The desks were denied – they were told they can use a fixed shelf in their cell. Special safety pens, pencils and legal pads are permissible, and Sheriff’s Captain Derrick Peterson has said he’s be willing to transport the defendants, one at a time, to a different facility where they can do research.
Although they’re not designated as a “gang” or “security threat group,” members of a group that have shown that they can “work together for a common goal” are not permitted to see one another in custody; therefore, Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy are being kept separated and cannot communicate with one another.
They are considering taking legal action in state court, due to violation of their civil rights.
“They attempted to work through these issues with jail staff, but now are forced to evaluate other viable options to protect their rights as citizens who stand accused with the weight of the Government against them,” Arnold wrote in a report.
Ryan Bundy wrote, “All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. I am not allowed to see my brother and move about. This violates my freedom of assembly. My Second Amendment rights are being violated. I never waived that right.”
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