Last week, DML News reported that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s lead investigator, Larry Wooten had released a scathing report accusing agents working the case against the Bundy family of far-reaching misconduct, as well as recklessness and unrestrained antipathy toward the family.
The 18-page report, dated Nov. 27, was addressed to the Department of Justice. The details of the report were made public last Thursday, when The Oregonian/OregonLive revealed the details, saying it had been shared with defense lawyers for Cliven Bundy, his two sons, Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy, and co-defendant Ryan Payne, who were in the midst of their conspiracy trial. The document was not part of the public court record, according to the report.
Washington state Rep. Matt Shea has posted the full document on his Facebook page, allowing the public to scrutinize the contents. CLICK HERE TO READ THE 18-PAGE WHISTLEBLOWER REPORT
The case revolves around a standoff which occurred on April 12, 2014, when the feds rounded up cattle belonging to Cliven Bundy and his family in a dispute over grazing fees on federal land.
Wooten’s report described the “heavy handedness” of government officers who were set to impound the Bundy family’s cattle, including an allegation that some officers bragged about mistreating Dave Bundy. Wooten also made allegations against supervisory agents with the bureau, who he accuses of:
- repeatedly mocking the defendants
- displaying “clear prejudice” against the Bundys
- prominently displaying altered booking photos of Cliven Bundy and other defendants
The information contained in the document prompted Cliven Bundy’s defense team to file a motion early Monday, asking U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro for a mistrial, or for the case to be dismissed altogether.
In response, Judge Navarro sent the jury home for more than a week while she attempts to sifts through the claims. Navarro’s judgement is expected to come down on Wednesday.
“It’s time for our men to go home and start making a living for their families,” Carol Bundy, Cliven Bundy’s wife, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’re two years behind. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do.”
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