Cliven and Ammon Bundy given prison release, Cliven declined; trial continues
The Bundy Ranch Facebook page and Fox5 Vegas reported on Nov. 29 that Judge Gloria Navarro had granted pretrial release to Cliven and Ammon Bundy.
The Bundy Ranch made the following comment on its Facebook page: “This does NOT mean the trial is over. The Court Order allows Cliven and Ammon Bundy the right to go to a court approved ‘home’ during the pendency of their trial.”
According to the Bundy Ranch Facebook page, Cliven declined to be released and will remain incarcerated.
Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy are on trial in U.S. District Court for their roles in the “Bunkerville Standoff” wherein the Bureau of Land Management was gathering Bundy cattle with the intention of selling them.
Opening statements began Nov. 14.
All three men have been in prison for nearly two years without bond. Ryan was released from prison earlier this month but remains on trial for conspiracy, extortion and more.
Bryan Hyde who has been providing video updates from Las Vegas on the Facebook page Who’s Next, said Judge Navarro declared a “sealed session” on Nov. 29 and dismissed everyone but the defendants, their counsel and the prosecution. “What we are understanding is that the information that came forward during that hearing is likely what precipitated this reversal on the part of judge Gloria Navarro. Just 10 days ago she was saying that Cliven and Ammon were too dangerous.” Hyde said that in the hearing, the issue of the government prosecutors possibly withholding evidence was discussed, which may have precipitated the pretrial release of the Bundy men.
Hyde also said there are rumors that co-defendant Ryan Payne may be released soon.
Hyde went on to describe the high level of security that has surrounded Cliven throughout the trial. “When they move him from the courthouse to the detention center, it’s a five or six car caravan with lights, and a helicopter overhead. It’s a big show of security as if these are very dangerous men.”
The trial continues and is expected to go on for several months. ❖
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