Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a militia member will not face a retrial on charges that they led an armed rebellion against federal agents in 2014.
A federal judge Monday said the federal prosecutors' conduct was "outrageous" and "violated due process rights" of the defendants.
U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro said a new trial would not be sufficient to address the problems in the case and would provide the prosecution with an unfair advantage going forward. She dismissed the charges against the four men "with prejudice," meaning they cannot face trial again.
As the courtroom doors opened after Navarro's ruling, a huge cheer went up from the crowd of spectators gathered outside.
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On Dec. 20, Navarro cited six pieces of evidence the Nevada U.S. Attorney's Office failed to disclose that were favorable to the defense and could have changed the outcome of the trial.
The evidence she cited:
• Records about surveillance at the Bundy ranch"Failure to turn over such evidence violates due process," Navarro said last month. "A fair trial at this point is impossible."
• Maps about government surveillance
• Records about the presence of government snipers
• FBI logs about activity at the ranch in the days leading up to standoff
• Law-enforcement assessments dating to 2012 that found the Bundys posed no threat
• Internal affairs reports about misconduct by Bureau of Land Management agents
But, but, but, the FBI Federal prosecutors never use illegal tactics or are biased against they people they prosecute, right?
Tar and feathers, followed by prosecution is in order.