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  • Oregon Militants Denied Bail As Prosecutors Use Their Own Words Against Them

    Ammon Bundy told a federal judge he would not return to the Malheur Refuge saying: "my only desire is to be home with family and take care of my wife and children."

     

     

    The armed men who took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Bend, Oregon, are singing a different tune now that they are behind bars.

    During the occupation, the militants frequently used social media to threaten and intimidate. They warned they would stay for years if necessary, and would use their guns if law enforcement tried to arrest them. They said they were willing to fight to the death.

    Now that they've been captured, they say that was all a misunderstanding. 

    Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan, and several of the other Malheur occupiers appeared in court yesterday, pleading for bail while they await their trial on felony charges stemming from the occupation. Ammon Bundy told the judge he had no desire to go back to the Malheur Refuge, and promised if she granted him bail he would head home. 

    "My only desire is to be home with family and take care of my wife and children," said a subdued Bundy. 

    Lissa Casey, lawyer for Mr. Bundy, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman, that her client never meant to hurt or threaten anyone, and was just trying to "educate" people to the unjust practices of the federal government. 

    "He is done in Harney County; Ms. Casey told the judge, "his message has been sent."

    The prosecutors countered with a list of YouTube videos and Facebook posts showing the Bundy brothers and their cohorts in a very different light.  

    "As the armed group's unrepentant leader, he (Ammon Bundy) has consistently and publicly expressed support for an armed occupation that has endangered, and continues to endanger, many people," the court brief states.

    Prosecutors then directed the court's attention to a video in which Bundy called on people to "come out here and stand," telling them, "We need you to bring your arms."

    After reviewing the lengthy list of the occupiers' boasts and threats, Judge Beckerman denied all the men bail, saying they pose a danger to the community, and that she is concerned they would not obey the court's order to return to Oregon for criminal proceedings. The judge told the only woman arrested, Shawna Cox, that she will be allowed to go home while her case is pending, but she will remain in jail release until after the armed occupation ends.

    Since his arrest, Ammon Bundy has publicly called for the end of the Malheur occupation:

    “This was never meant to be an armed standoff,” Ammon Bundy said in the newly released video. “Please do not make it about something it wasn’t supposed to be. Go home to your families.”

    Bundy's wife Lisa admitted they hoped ending the occupation would influence the court to look more favorably on setting bail. 

    Four occupiers remain inside the Malheur Refuge: David Fry, Jeff Banta, and husband and wife Sean and Sandy Anderson. Fry is said to have asked FBI agents for safe passage from Malheur, but the FBI refused, saying it was too late. They were going to be arrested. 

     

     

     

     

    Photos are mugshots from the Multnomah and Maricopa County Sheriffs via Twitter 

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    • commented 2016-02-01 13:32:25 -0500
      It’s a felony. Oh, look! Obama’s gonna take your guns!

    • commented 2016-02-01 11:04:54 -0500
      What the hell are they waiting for. Why haven’t they arrested the last four loser cowards. Bunch a little punk bitches.

    • commented 2016-02-01 11:02:36 -0500
      They got their fifteen minutes of fame. Now they get to pay for their actions.

    • commented 2016-02-01 01:56:41 -0500
      Too little too late. Just be thankful they are white (Haha, of course), or they all would had been shot dead by now.


    • commented 2016-01-31 20:00:53 -0500
      “This was never meant to be an armed standoff,” Then why go in as a well-armed group? The fact they unequivocally said they would take this to the death if necessary screams ‘standoff’

    • commented 2016-01-31 11:17:58 -0500
      “My only desire is to be home with family and take care of my wife and children.” — Ammon Bundy

      …. after using the threat of mortal violence against law enforcement officers, vandalizing federal buildings, bulldozing historical American Indian artifacts, rifling through federal documents in a federal office, and contributing to the death of LaVoy Finicum. Gosh: he was free to NOT BE THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE; he could have left for home any time.

    • commented 2016-01-31 06:30:41 -0500
      Oh, the poor moocherheedins don`t like jail? Too bad, too little too late. saying sorry just won`t cut it.

    • commented 2016-01-31 05:46:56 -0500
      The wild life refuge is in Burns Oregon not Bend Oregon. They aren’t even near each other.

    • commented 2016-01-30 19:50:26 -0500
      Why is the judge showing favoritism towards the ‘woman’? I am all about equal treatment for mean and woman – keep her locked up too!!!!!

    • commented 2016-01-30 19:49:16 -0500
      This whole thing is the result of the government NOT following through on arresting them for their behavior in Nevada nearly two years ago. They probably thought they got away with it there why not here. They still need to go and arrest the daddy and put him away for a few years.

    • commented 2016-01-30 19:33:18 -0500
      Traitor to the Constitution have no rights. They threatened the lives of people and property. The all should be imprisoned for life.

    • commented 2016-01-30 19:33:17 -0500
      Traitor to the Constitution have no rights. They threatened the lives of people and property. The all should be imprisoned for life.

    • commented 2016-01-30 19:33:10 -0500
      Traitor to the Constitution have no rights. They threatened the lives of people and property. The all should be imprisoned for life.

    • commented 2016-01-30 18:25:21 -0500
      Reality will be a hard pill to swallow for these poor, misguided, rancher terrorists. They will be living with the consequences for a LONG time, and hopefully will serve as examples to others. I feel sorry for their families, although they may be any better in their thinking.

    • commented 2016-01-30 17:24:53 -0500
      In their fevered brains, fresh from Dad Bundy’s take down of the Federal Government with no repercussions, Ammon and his crew figured that they were the “spear head” of a massive citizens army that was waiting for his call to come out and fight.

      Most american citizens are way too busy working for their food and rent, living paycheck to paycheck, they cannot afford to chuck their lives and careers to go “play soldier” – and the war cry “The Gummit should not own land they should give it to us!” is just not compelling nor does it stir up passion.

      The right wingers in our nation live solitary lives inside bubbles manufactured by their imaginations and fed by blowhard radio shock jocks like Limbaugh and Savage; all comfortable middle aged cowardly white men who are full of themselves and whose bravado ends at their microphones.

      When these clowns finally faced reality, they found a very different world indeed, most folks are just plain fed up with these absurd home grown terrorists.

      If they consider themselves brave warriors, why not go to Syria and fight actual terrorists – it would be interesting to see how they would fare with ISIS.

    • commented 2016-01-30 15:39:35 -0500
      They are terrorists,they should be treated as terrorists.

    • commented 2016-01-30 15:37:18 -0500
      ’Four occupiers remain inside the Malheur Refuge: David Fry, Jeff Banta, and husband and wife Sean and Sandy Anderson. Fry is said to have asked FBI agents for safe passage from Malheur, but the FBI refused, saying it was too late. They were going to be arrested.
      YES THANK YOU We are sick of these lazy Government Grafting NerDoWells trying to steal OUR PUBLIC LANDS.. Other Rancher groups vehemently oppose them and have always worked with BLM, FWS. Many many people support all our few Conservation Resource workers can do to maintain safe viable Habitat for our Endandered and Threatened Wilflife Species… AMMON BUNDY is not one of these.

    • commented 2016-01-30 15:27:37 -0500
      Hoisted by their own (YouTube) Petard.. … Whodda thunk? You Tube Videos have consequences.. but maybe not the desired ones.

    • commented 2016-01-30 15:15:56 -0500
      What did they think it was? A camping trip? They stated time and time again their intentions. They asked and pleaded for others to join them in their lil occupation. Now that they have been caught, now they just want to go home to mommy? Yep they really thought this one through haven’t they?

    • commented 2016-01-30 13:59:13 -0500
      I can’t imagine why prosecutors are even considering allowing these violent insane Republican Christian terrorists to be put back out in our streets. These fucking terrorists will murder people the minute they’re out and get back to their guns.

    • commented 2016-01-30 13:55:04 -0500
      So, ‘his message has been sent’? Now it is time for the government to send a message too, by locking these guys up until their kids are put into a retirement home.

    • commented 2016-01-30 13:33:18 -0500
      Inasmuch as they don’t recognize the authority of the government in the first place, how could any judge believe that they would do what they say. Glad they made so many videos in which they made their intentions so clear. They should receive long prison terms and should also be made to repay the costs of the government in arresting them.

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