DOJ to Review Bundy Case After Prosecution’s Violations of Law
All I have to say about this news is, what took you so long Mr. Sessions?
Earlier this week, Judge Navarro declared a mistrial in round three of the Bundy Ranch trials.
She did so because the prosecution did not turning over several exculpatory items to defense teams that were favorable to them.
“Failure to turn over such evidence violates due process,” Chief Judge Navarro said. “A fair trial at this point is impossible.”
Among those items were the cameras that were set up prior to the impoundment in 2014 in Bunkerville, Threat Assessment reports, names of potential witnesses, and reports from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reprimanding the BLM for not enforcing the court orders for years.
In all, there were at least seven Brady violations.
These violations are constitutional violations of the Fifth Amendment and Due Process.
Now, the Department of Justice is looking into the matter, something they should have been doing since Jeff Sessions assumed his role as Attorney General.
“The Attorney General takes this issue very seriously and has personally directed that an expert in the Department’s discovery obligations be deployed to examine the case and advise as to the next steps,” said Ian D. Prior, principal deputy director of public affairs, in a late Wednesday statement.
The Washingon Times reports:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stepped into the Bundy prosecution after Wednesday’s mistrial, ordering a third-party examination of the case in light of the latest government snafu.
The decision to intervene came after U.S. District Chief Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial over the government’s “willful failure to disclose information” to the defense, saying it would have been “impossible” for the four co-defendants to receive a fair trial.
No deadline was given for the attorney general’s examination, but Chief Judge Navarro set a Jan. 8 hearing on defense motions to dismiss the case. The next trial is tentatively scheduled to begin Feb. 26.
Mr. Sessions has said little in public about the Bundy case. One exception came during a July 12 speech to law enforcement in Las Vegas at which he praised Mr. Myhre and insisted, “I’m not taking sides or commenting on the case,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
In commenting on the prosecution by Steven Myhre, Ian Bartrum, professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas law school, said in an email to The Washington Times, “I’ve even seen some [I think unfounded] claims that US Attorney’s office has deliberately sabotaged its own prosecution. I think that is very, very unlikely — but this could be a signal that the DOJ is taking the case very seriously, in order to quell those sorts of doubters.”
No, they did it to themselves, according to Bureau of Land Management whistleblower and former investigator Larry Wooten, who was asked to be taken off the case by none other than Steven Myhre. Wooten believed the BLM lacked law enforcement authority and that is why he was removed from the investigation.
Mr. Bartrum also believes “this could foreshadow a way out for the prosecution.”
“In other words, the DOJ expert could come in, review the necessary disclosures, and conclude that the government can’t win if it turns everything over,” Mr. Bartrum said. “That would give the US Attorney cover to dismiss the case.”
That would be a great Christmas gift to the Bundys and others on trial.
However, there needs to be justice in this matter and the Bundys and those who made plea deals and were convicted because of the criminal actions of the BLM and the Attorney General’s office, which was led by Steven Myhre, should be held accountable. And I don’t just mean an “I’m sorry.”
They should face charges and the same potential fate, along with prison time they sought to impose on those they attacked.
In fact, you could say since those men who have been imprisoned for nearly two years, have lost two years of their lives, all those involved should be brought to justice facing the death penalty because they can never give back that part of those men’s lives.
You may think this extreme, but I think it closer to a biblical approach to justice than anything.
Jail would be an injustice to these criminals and to us as a people as we would have to feed, clothe and house them.
No, let them be tried and judged by a jury of their peers, but a judge has already determined they violated the law and the Constitution, as well as the rights of innocent Americans they sought to prosecute.
Let them find themselves in the place of Haman, who in the Book of Esther sought the destruction of God’s people, but discovered the gallows he erected become the very instrument of his own death. Esther 7 teaches us that when Haman and his evil plot was discovered:
So Haman was terrified before the king and queen.
Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king. When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was.Then the king said, “Will he also assault the queen while I am in the house?”
As the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, “Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king’s behalf, is standing at the house of Haman.”
Then the king said, “Hang him on it!”
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided.
The same should apply to Steven Myhre, Dan Love and anyone else who sought to hide evidence in this case where men’s lives were at stake to keep justice from being served on behalf of those they not only maligned, but hated.