Thursday, March 16, 2017

Second Malheur Trial Over

The second trial of defendants involved in the Malheur Refuge take over ended in a mixed and confusing group of verdicts [see verdict sheet].  The trials of the Bundy brothers and their co-conspirators has been wrapped in the controversial right-wing movement known as the "Sagebrush Rebellion", a loose mob of western state-rightists and white supremacists. The verdicts in the two trials are logically inconsistent, evidence of the politics involved in their prosecution.  Ammon Bundy, a visible leader of the take-over was found not guilty of felony conspiracy by a federal jury in October yet his side-kicks, Darryl Thorn and Jason Patrick, were found guilty of the same charge based on the same evidence. {14.02.17} The certain development from these prosecutions is that the "Rebellion" has found both heroes and martyrs to motivate their continued armed opposition to federal supremacy.