Jury acquits leaders in armed standoff at federal reserve in Oregon; defense lawyer hit with stun gun
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The leaders of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon have been found not guilty of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility.
A jury on Thursday exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Some of the defendants also were charged with possession of firearms at a federal facility and were acquitted on that count as well.
The standoff began Jan. 2 and lasted nearly six weeks, bringing new attention to a long-running dispute over control of federal lands in the West.
An attorney for the leader of the occupation at an Oregon wildlife refuge was hit by a stun gun multiple times and tackled by federal authorities in a courtroom after his client was acquitted.
Ammon Bundy’s defense lawyer, Marcus Mumford, demanded his client be released immediately after Bundy and six others were found not guilty Thursday. Mumford kept yelling at the judge and wouldn’t calm down, so U.S. marshals used their stun guns on the attorney and then wrestled him to the floor.
The judge told Mumford that Bundy would be held because he’s also facing charges in Nevada stemming from a 2014 standoff at his father Cliven Bundy’s ranch.
After Mumford was tackled, the judge cleared the courtroom.
Another Bundy lawyer, Morgan Philpot, says Mumford has been arrested.
The Bundys are still facing charges in Nevada stemming from a high-profile 2014 standoff with federal agents trying to round up their father Cliven Bundy’s cattle.