Monday it was officially announced by a federal judge that all charges against the rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and one other man will be dismissed.
“U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro cited “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct” in her decision to dismiss all charges against the Nevada rancher and three others,” reports Fox News.
This high profile case was declared a mistrial on December 20, by Navarro, where the judge accused the prosecutors (the federal government) of purposely hiding evidence from the defendants’ lawyers. This is a strict violation of the federal Brady rule
Fox News stated “The Brady rule, named after the landmark 1963 Supreme Court case known as Brady v. Maryland, holds that failure to disclose such evidence violates a defendant’s right to due process.”
“In this case the failures to comply with Brady were exquisite, extraordinary,” said Judge Andrew Napolitano. “The judge exercised tremendous patience.”
Cliven Bundan, 71, challenged the federal government at his battle was given the name the ‘Bundy standoff of 2014’. There were many instances before 2014, which lead up to this point.
“In the early 1990s, the U.S. government limited grazing rights on federal lands in order to protect the desert tortoise habitat. In 1993, Bundy, in protest, refused to renew his permit for cattle grazing, and continued grazing his livestock on these public lands,” Fox News reported. “He didn’t recognize the authority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the sovereign state of Nevada.”