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The federal jury in the retrial of four accused “gunmen” who participated in the Great Bundy Ranch Freedompalooza and Armed Standoff didn’t deliver a single guilty verdict yesterday, which apparently means it’s OK to point a gun from a highway overpass at federal officers if you really, really want to. We still wouldn’t recommend it, though.

Two of the men, Ricky Lovelien from Montana and Steven Stewart from Idaho, were acquitted on all ten charges against them; two others, Scott Drexler and Eric Parker, both from Idaho, were acquitted on most of the charges, but the jury deadlocked on some of the others. Parker is the gent who became famous for the photo of him aiming through highway barricades at Bureau of Land Management and other federal law enforcement officers. Lovelien and Stewart were released Tuesday; Parker and Drexler were ordered to a halfway house pending a detention hearing set for Wednesday. Federal prosecutors have not decided whether to seek a retrial on the undecided charges against Parker and Drexler; they may be released temporarily until that decision is made.

Expect video to be released soon of the men’s joyous reunions with their precious, precious guns.

If re-retried, Parker could still face significant prison time on the remaining charges of assault and threatening a federal officer along with related charges for weapons; the jury was also hung on assault and weapons charges against Drexler.

When the jury in the men’s first trial deadlocked on most charges in April, militia expert and Forbes columnist JJ MacNab was as astonished as we were then, and this second time around:

In the earlier trial, two other Bunditarians were found guilty on charges of obstruction of justice and interstate travel to aid extortion.

The four men whose trial ended Tuesday had been accused of coordinating an attack on federal officers at the behest of welfare rancher Cliven Bundy after Bundy and his loony militia followers decided in 2014 the federal government has no right to charge grazing fees for old fat ranchers who hate the government but love whatever weirdass things they believe are in the Constitution. The Bundys were charged in Nevada after federal agents ended the 2016 Bundy-led takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge; a federal jury in Oregon acquitted Bundy sons Ammon and Ryan, as well as other members of their dildo militia, of all charges in that takeover.

Cliven, Ryan and Ammon will be the next to face trial over the 2014 standoff. They face charges related to organizing the standoff, including

conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, weapon use and possession, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction, [and] extortion to interfere with commerce[.]

Two other Bundy spawn, Mel and Dave, will be tried separately on related but lesser charges.

At the rate the trials have been going, we expect to report some time in November that the Bundy family has not only been acquitted but also appointed by Donald Trump to top positions in the Department of the Interior.

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  • Beanz&Berryz

    White privilege…

  • MynameisBlarney
  • NotALiar

    Fuck this.

  • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

    ‘Murka. Fuck Ya!

  • Joe Beese

    Not everyone has what it takes to cut it in the dildo militia.

    • Weird Fishes

      It’s a rough trade

  • TundraGrifter

    Good thing it wasn’t a Black guy who tried that shit.

    • SpideySenser

      There would be no trial and everyone would get a good nights sleep.

  • goonemeritus

    The tyrannical government seems to be selectively less tyrannical.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Who picked the jurors? Those verdicts are willful disregard of the facts.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      It was a jury of their peers.

  • Beanz&Berryz

    “I could shoot at a Federal agent in the middle of the Nevada desert and no-one would convict me…”

  • Oblios_Cap

    Another fine example of Blind Justice.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Blinkered Justice

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Apologize to the guns.

  • Nockular cavity

    …With (dumbass jury) votes!

  • BearGHAZI

    Can they AT LEAST revoke Bundy’s doctorate in negro studies?

  • Oblios_Cap

    Maybe the prosecutors should have introduced some 8X10 color glossies
    with circles and arrows and a paragraph in the back of each one giving the details of the “crimes”.

  • schmannity

    FREE FORAGE OR DIE!

  • BadKitty904

    Pointing guns at law enforcement can get you shot dead“, depending on your skin-color.

  • Red Bird

    Well of course it’s “their land”. The stole it fair and square.

  • Alt-Hansome Dude

    Oh, for fuck’s sake.

  • The opportunity to pardon some more A Idiots to improve ratings won’t be lost on Trump.

    I won’t matter whether the A Idiots are charged, he’ll pardon them in the court of public derp.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    from Idaho
    both from Idaho
    in Nevada
    an Oregon

    Even Florida Man is all like, “Why the fuck so crazy, yo?”

    • TJ Barke

      Fucking outside agitators.

      • laughingnome

        Fucking outside alligators

        • Msgr_MΩment

          Alligatedly.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    So, are we teaching our Federal Law Enforcement that the only way to punish people who threaten them is to to just shoot ’em?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Well, if they feel threatened and the perp is blah, yes…

      • Latverian Diplomat

        That’s been sadly true for a while…but this is white people who are actually threatening Federal officiers…

        • sarafina

          And they are found NOT guilty!!!

  • chazmanr

    Trump has never supported federal law enforcement agents. He has complained about most of them. Probably the only federal agents he would oppose his loyal followers threatening would be the SS…er…Secret Service.

  • TJ Barke

    Cattle Baron gun thugs.

  • La forza del resistino

    12 y/o Cleveland kid with a toy gun gets dropped on the spot. American Sniper wannabe gets a pass.

    • Wild Cat

      Yup. It’s disgusting.
      Our racial laws were actually stricter than the German nazis were in many states, so not at all suprised.
      Just disgusted.

    • jesterpunk

      You dont even have to have a weapon if your not a White gun owner.

      http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article90905442.html

      • La forza del resistino

        We can now add caretaking while black to the criminal statutes to indemnify trigger happy cops from prosecution.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Some civil libertarians made a big deal out of the importance of “jury nullification” but it only seems to work for obviously guilty white guys with guns.

  • Fun with Cthulhu

    Is there anything white people can’t do?

    JFC

    • Joe Beese

      Jump?

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Prosecute white people?…

    • proudgrampa

      Dance?

    • proudgrampa

      Rap?

    • proudgrampa

      Hip hop?

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Empathize?

    • (((fka_donnie_d)))

      Talk about things white people can’t do.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Sounds like a US Attorney’s office that needs to get its shit together. Not one, but two juries returned unanimous Not Guilty verdicts? What kind of bullshit cases are these?

    • jesterpunk

      Might be the location too, a bunch of right wing nut jobs on a jury wont agree with anything the government says no matter what.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        A competent prosecutor wouldn’t have right wing nut jobs on a jury.

        • puredog

          You go to trial with the jurors you have in the actual venire, not the jurors you might want to have. It’s kinda similar to finding jurors sympathetic to an accused black man in a trial in Alabama in the 50s.

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            I’ve picked just shy of 100 juries in Idaho. There are not that many anti-government zealots out there. There just aren’t.

          • Toomush_Inferesistance

            Okay, you explain it, then….federal incompetence rife in the west?..

          • Steve Cole

            There is a ton of “anti-government” sentiment. I use the word “tyranny” all the time when given bad news (like we are out of cheeseburgers). I am surprised at how many total strangers love to react to this. I am in the middle of “State of Jefferson” if that helps you. However, I want to believe we all understand how scarce water is and how BLM leases work. I don’t have an answer for the lack of criminal convictions, but protest not really sufficient to me. Perhaps I am wrong.

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            It’s rife everywhere. US Attorneys are notorious for overcharging. They love to charge conspiracy, but conspiracy is really tough to prove. That’s why they have conviction rates south of 90% in non-drug prosecutions.

        • House0fTheBlueLights

          Or a prosecutor who wasn’t actually in agreement with the rwnj’s

        • Exactly.

    • DrBigHead

      I don’t think you realize how much the Federal government, especially the BLM or any other land managing agency, is hated in the west.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        I am a criminal defense lawyer and I practice in Washington and Idaho. Used to live in Reno. I have a pretty good idea. I also know that white people get convicted in Federal courts in Nevada, Idaho, and Utah nearly every damned day.

        • Steve Cole

          NorCal cow person here (no I don’t have a BLM lease). In Oregon it appears that a single a juror managed to dominate the decision. Much outrage, muted threats from prosecutor about a retrial. Perhaps that is a option. I don’t know the Las Vegas background.

          • CindyinEncinitas

            Is there such a thing as a cow county judge on the Federal bench?

          • Steve Cole

            I don’t know. I have been on jury duty many times but I think it was all county judges. In any case, it is the jury that convicts.

          • Alt-Hansome Dude

            Hooray for local milk people!

          • sarafina

            I don’t think Cliven Bundy ran milk cows. They actually need to be fed regularly to keep producing milk.

        • DrBigHead

          All I am saying is that am not surprised. While not an attorney, I have extensive experience working as a contractor for several state and federal land management agencies. In many parts of the west, especially rural areas, it is a relationship that you do not advertise.

        • sarafina

          But do you defend individuals OR The Government? Do you defend individuals AGAINST the Government?

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    So BLM protestors are violent thugs, but white ranchers who threaten federal officers with guns are American patriots? Sure, makes sense.

    • Oblios_Cap

      White, non-bill paying ranchers.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        “We prefer Real American Deadbeats! Stop oppressing us!”

    • OutOfOrbit

      a show of hands if your suprised

      anyone?

      noone?

      • Bobathonic

        Bueller? Bueller?

        • House0fTheBlueLights

          There you go.

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        Wait for it…

  • Yes, in no way will this establish a terrifying precedent…

    • data_ninja

      They would have been the next batch of Trump pardons anyways.

  • Mike

    FFS…!!! Honestly, how the fuck does this happen in a country where Sessions is trying to jail sick people for smoking weed..?
    It’s like livin in the twilight zone…fk me

  • Fartknocker

    I suspect these peckerheads will be in Michele Fiore’s next campaign advertisement for whatever elected position she can grift.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Secretary of Silicon Mammary Engorgement. (It’s an appointed position – but she’s qualified. Boy howdy, is she qualified!)

      • data_ninja

        Holsters ‘n Hooters!

        • House0fTheBlueLights

          This is her actual, literal campaign slogan.

  • Anna Rompage

    So if I understand this correctly, since I’m a white male, if the cops ever come onto my property, I have the right to use a weapon to defend myself & my property, and to use that weapon to intimidate the officers?

    • Nockular cavity

      Yes, and on Federal land, too!

    • Aaron Wise

      Apparently so.
      Perhaps there is a clause for high-powered rifles + whiteness = A-OK!

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      You all got a problem with that? What are you – some sorta damn commie?

    • spangled

      Second amendment (and the whole constitution) is only for white dudes. If republicans could find a way to make gun control legislation only applicable to POC, THEY would be the party of gun control.

      • Skeptical_thinker

        See: Ronald Reagan

    • jesterpunk

      You can even shoot them in Indiana if your white.

      http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2012/SE/SE0001.1.html

      SECTION 1. IC 35-41-3-2, AS AMENDED BY P.L.189-2006, SECTION 1, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]: Sec. 2. (a) In enacting this section, the general assembly finds and declares that it is the policy of this state to recognize the unique character of a citizen’s home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant. By reaffirming the long standing right of a citizen to protect his or her home against unlawful intrusion, however, the general assembly does not intend to diminish in any way the other robust self defense rights that citizens of this state have always enjoyed. Accordingly, the general assembly also finds and declares that it is the policy of this state that people have a right to defend themselves and third parties from physical harm and crime. The purpose of this section is to provide the citizens of this state with a lawful means of carrying out this policy.

      (b) As used in this section, “public servant” means a person described in IC 35-41-1-17, IC 35-31.5-2-129, or IC 35-31.5-2-185.

      (c) A person is justified in using reasonable force against another any other person to protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force.

  • Treehopper1104

    Who is the person failing so hard at jury selection for these things? Is it really impossible to find 12 reasonable people in the west, or are they just not trying because they don’t care?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      You can always get a juror who lies their ass off about how impartial they are. In the West, you can probably get more than one person like that on a jury for a high profile case like this.

      In White Sharia Law, this is known as “Taquito, or Taqiyya, something like that”.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    It seems like we need to add some questions to the jury screening questionaires:

    Are you an idiot?

    No really, are you?

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      “Here is a photo of a fish. Does it look like a fish to you? Can you see the fish in the photo?”
      “No, that looks like a ’73 Chevy to me.”
      “Okay, thank you, Juror 12.”

  • johnnysandiego

    Makes sense, white cops are fine with whites having guns. Its the *thought* that a black man *might* be armed that makes them fear for their lives. Perfectly lawful!

  • pgjack

    Why does the government keep holding these trials in Tea Party venues? Try these guys in Santa Cruz, California.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      I think it’s very difficult for the prosecution to get a venue change.

      It’s easier for the defense to do this, because the defendant has a right to a fair trial. The prosecution doesn’t have the right to look for a favorable jury pool.

  • arglebargle

    But Colin Kaepernick is somehow a threat to our democracy by peacefully kneeling during a stupid song played before a violent game by minorities to please the gambling public.

    • OutOfOrbit

      you goddit

      • (((fka_donnie_d)))

        No politics in the gladiatorial arena, you heinous.

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  • OutOfOrbit

    the BLM prosecutors didn’t want a guilty verdict — they have to live there yunno

    • Msgr_MΩment

      #bureaulivesmatter.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    Jury of their “peers”?….

    • So… idiots?

    • laughingnome

      of their pissers

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Cousins and wives.

      • data_ninja

        But you repeat yourself.

    • willi0000000

      “peers” i wouldn’t mind . . . but these seem to be juries of their “peeps”

  • Claire

    We aren’t going to be able to put a stop to this until militia members start disrespecting the Wu Tang Clan.

  • Han Shot First

    As a white male, I HATE white male privilege.

  • Weird Fishes

    Moar dildos!

  • MynameisBlarney

    The “Cucktionary”. *rolls eyes*

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029505019

  • CindyinEncinitas

    OT: for funtimes later but I have stuff to do right now dang it.
    https://twitter.com/lstef1983/status/900184320379367424

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Another Jury Selection Question:

    What is your preferred term for the major American military conflict between 1861-1865?

    a) The Civil War
    b) The Treasonous Rebellion in Defense of Slavery
    c) The War Between the States
    d) The War of Northern Aggression
    e) A Bunch of Humble Country folk tired of the Feds messing with their property! And they are still doing it! Argle Bargle!

    • OutOfOrbit

      hey, i consider Argle Bargle a friend of mine

    • Steve Cole

      It ain’t over

      • willi0000000

        even if, some day, it is over . . . and THEY won! . . . the bastards will still fight.

    • cmd resistor

      Wingnut Bro voted for (e).

    • Raan

      Option A. I generally have other shit to do.

    • SeeTrain65

      f) The Conflict To Establish Our Future “Heritage, Not Hate” Meme

  • Alt-Hansome Dude

    #BLM lives matter

    • Bureau of Land Management?

      • MynameisBlarney

        Bacon Lettuce and ‘Mater.

      • Royal Ugly Alt-Leftist

        Yep.

  • La forza del resistino

    Sometimes the ‘I have a permit’ defense works. Philando Castile disagrees

  • Jenny

    Don’t get any hints people of color. These rules don’t apply to you.

    • OutOfOrbit

      purdy sure they know that by now

      • Jenny

        Them youngins gotta be told early.

  • Joe Beese
    • OutOfOrbit

      and then what happened?

      • He did some corruption and then fell backwards into a big pile of money, laughing the whole time?

  • gwen rothberg

    Behold – the Mormons show us what nullification looks like.

  • Black suspect without a gun: Threat. Shoot on sight. Plant gun later, if necessary.
    Black man with a legally permitted gun: Threat. Shoot on sight.
    Black man with Skittles and Iced Tea: Threat. Shoot on sight.
    White man pointing a gun at Federal Officer: Just a good ol’ boy. Never meanin’ no harm…

    Just another day in post-racial America.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    It pisses me off no end that these juries are basically giving assholes a license to be assholes.

    • willi0000000

      just wait until those juries start giving assholes the right to pull those triggers . . .

      [ in a scared, white jurist’s (alleged)mind, in a tug-of-war between heavily-armed-white-militia-member and shot-a-cop, who do you think will win? ]

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    The way it works these days:
    – white + point guns at federal employees, no punishment
    – black + possible possession of marajuana, instant death sentence, no trial required (ref: Philandro Castile)

    But somehow white “Christians” believe they are the most persecuted group in America.
    https://twitter.com/RVAwonk/status/900384111214419972
    (Read the whole thread–it’s good)

  • OT: Saw a Chevy Volt for the first time. WTF? Looks like a Monte Carlo.

    Was it designed for the Monte Carlo owner who wants a Prius? Or a Prius owner who wants a Monte Carlo?

    Weird styling choice for a high tech vehicle.

  • MynameisBlarney

    The single greatest moment EVAR for “Fox and Friends”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHNXIiwI5ks

    • Oh, that is BEAUTIFUL!

    • shastakoala

      But where was the Tear Gas?

      • Wookie Monster

        They cut away before the unleashed it.

    • Wookie Monster

      That’s some serious fake tan on the couch blonde there. How much Botox did she need to keep her face frozen in that smile?

      • MynameisBlarney

        “Couch blonde”?

        • Wookie Monster

          Couch blonde: (n) Whatever interchangeable Barbie doll is currently sitting between Douchey and the Monchichi on Fox and Fools.

          • Edith Prickly

            Monchichi libelzz!

  • This is un-fucking-believable.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Yup.
      There’s fuckery goin’ on with this shit.

  • Wookie Monster

    Cliven Bundy will be Trump’s new head of the Bureau of Land Management, the agency he owes millions of dollars to.

  • gallbladder

    French vanilla creamer for everybody!

    • thixotropic jerk

      And don’t forget the free dildos

  • beatbort

    Just what we need, a court decision that will further embolden Nazis who like to carry guns around.

  • Michael Smith

    I guess they Bundys got special treatment because they are white collar.

    • SeeTrain65

      Or just white.

  • chortlingdingo

    How do they keep assembling juries of sovereign sympathizers?

    • Permit-holder Ron

      You’d think people like that would refuse jury duty.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Once you get out of the city center large swaths of rural Clark County are similar to rural Alabama, politics-wise.

      • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

        you could say this about every county in ‘murrika…almost every state has two large population centers, and the rest IS ala-fucking-bama

    • georgiaburning

      Good question for the prosecutors.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Celebrity trial jury: to get an “unbiased” jury pool, you have to get a jury that knows as little as possible about the case. If *everybody* knows about it, then the only people who don’t know are completely uninformed people who live under rocks. It may astonish you to learn that these people tend to be rather odd, as well as dim.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Let me explain the problem. I’ll use Mr. Parker as an example. He was charged with Assault on a Federal Officer (18 U.S. Code § 111(a).) This presents what people in my line of work would call a “proof problem.” Why? Here is Instruction 8.3 from the Federal Manual of Model Criminal Jury Instructions:

    The defendant is charged in [Count _______ of] the indictment with assault on a federal officer in violation of Section 111(a) of Title 18 of the United States Code. In order for the defendant to be found guilty of that charge, the government must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

    First, the defendant forcibly assaulted [name of federal officer or employee]; [and]

    Second, the defendant did so while [name of federal officer or employee] was engaged in, or on account of [his] [her] official duties[.] [; and]

    [Third, the defendant [made physical contact] [acted with the intent to commit another felony].]

    There is a forcible assault when one person intentionally strikes another, or willfully attempts to inflict injury on another, or intentionally threatens another coupled with an apparent ability to inflict injury on another which causes a reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm. (Emphasis added.)

    Those two bold passages are important. The comments to these instructions include these two:

    The third element is to be used only when the charge is a felony. A felony charge requires actual physical contact or action with the intent to commit another felony.

    A reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm is determined with reference to a reasonable person aware of the circumstances known to the victim, not with reference to all circumstances, including circumstances unknown to the victim. United States v. Acosta-Sierra, 690 F.3d 1111, 1121 (9th Cir. 2012). (Emphasis added.)

    How do you prove that someone unknown to a federal officer caused a reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm? This was a bullshit charge.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      This is a good point – it seems like the U.S. Attorney again, like they did before with the refuge morons, went for a “home run” charge rather than a more easily provable “double” charge. And subsequently whiffed.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        They overcharged to force a plea and they didn’t get it. It’s what they do.

        • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

          That might be standard procedure, but these nuts and the stuff they represent are anything but. They’re true believers: they think what they did was right, they’ll never cop a plea. If the USA’s office didn’t know that, they’re idiots.

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            Yup.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        I’m sure the Interference with Interstate Commerce by Extortion charge was a slam dunk, though.

      • OneSunnyDay

        It’s by design. They want to lose.

    • Bitter Scribe

      How could pointing a gun at someone not be a threat “coupled with an apparent ability to inflict injury on another”?

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        If the victim doesn’t know the gun is being pointed at him, he is not fearful of it, thus, no assault. Moreover, how do you prove he is pointing it at a federal agent? Any defense attorney who managed to stay awake through the reading of the charges was going to get an acquittal.

  • chicken thief

    If I’d only known then what I know now….

    ~ Blue Tarp Man

  • greyXstar

    Look at all that government persecution!

  • chicken thief

    With Sessions focus on marijuana use in states that legalized it, is the DOJ even putting their best and brightest on prosecuting white ranchers just stealing a little plant life for their cows?

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Their best and brightest are no better or brighter than your local prosecutors.

    • Bitter Scribe

      Prosecutors don’t have an easy job. I dated one for a couple of months. She would put in weeks of work on a case, only to have it all fall apart because some witness changed her story on the stand, or some goofball juror held out for an acquittal despite overwhelming evidence of guilt.

  • Ricky Gay

    FUCKINGGODDAMNMUTHERFUCKINGYERKILLINGME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!!!?!!???!

    • VirginiaWackelpudding

      Is that the song’s title, refrain, or both?

      • Ricky Gay

        Sorry. Had to spew. Feel better now!

  • susan_g

    If black and brown people did this stuff, they would not be found innocent–they’d be found dead.

  • Edith Prickly
  • SnarkON

    I first read “jury deadlocked” as “jury dreadlocked,” for what that is worth.

    • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

      not a chance in hell

  • clubseal

    When a young black boy points a toy gun at officers, the verdict and punishment are delivered swiftly.
    When white rednecks point real guns at officers, with attendant statements that they will die defending their sad sack pal, they don’t even get a slap on the wrist.
    Can’t imagine why that pisses me off so much.

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      Yeah but all lives matter, donchaknow. Unless they’re black, of course.

    • cessnadriver

      LE should be very wary about this trend.

  • Lefty Wright

    What the fuck are the prosecutors doing in these cases. Are they sleeping during jury selection? Did they skip the part in their law school classes where the prosecution is supposed to present evidence showing the actual crime the defendants are accused of? That jury nullification is not really a thing? Have they forgotten that these Bundyites are not cops and therefore do not get a free pass on pointing guns or shooting at people? Or are their sympathies actually with Bundy and his gang? Because there is too much of this not guilty crap going on, meanwhile a lady is convicted of laughing at a politician saying Sessions is not racist.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      It wasn’t the jury. It was the charges. The jury did exactly what they were supposed to do — they looked at the jury instructions and determined the Government didn’t prove each element of the offenses charged.

  • Mavenmaven

    These are the “nice” people Trump finds among the White Supremacists. He’s hoping one day they might fight for him.

  • anon_the_great

    Problem here is when Americans lose faith in their courts they will seek justice through other means…

  • MOG253

    Cliven and Ammon? When cousins have kids.

  • BrendaKay

    Oh FFS, I’m surrounded by idiots in this town! Please let them find SOMEBODY guilty in the next trial.

  • HogeyeGrex

    Fucking hell.

    Every time I think I can squeak out some small shred of hope for humanity… something like this.

    For fuck’s sake.

  • Implicit bias at work.

  • Alan

    Whatever weirdass things they believe are in the constitution. Kinda sums it up nicely.

  • Moar Wordz

    Please tell me that was sarcasm;
    ” Appointed to/ top positions in the Department of the Interior.”
    What IS the Department of the Interior ?
    Reminds me of an ominous letter I received from the Boston Department of Information or ” Bureau of Information. ” You know, where every citizen of Boston has a file, or something. No lie. They sent me a fucking letter regarding an appeal I made.
    Might be worth looking into.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    So, who’s paying the legal fees for these guys? Trials like this aren’t cheap, and the lawyers expect to get paid, especially when they win.

  • ez

    Jury Nullification.

    Remember the stink over that in the OJ trial? Have you heard any of that talk currently?

    White privilege much?

  • Serolf Divad

    Add to this Trump’s upcoming pardon of Arpaio and the message is clear: there’s one law for coloreds and another, more permissive law for good ol boys.

  • cessnadriver

    Momocultists on the jury again. The defense knew the fix was in.

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