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Not Guilty: Malheur Trial 

Defendants in the 41-day Standoff Will Walk—But Ammon Bundy's Attorney placed into custody

A federal court jury has found Ammon Bundy and the other six defendants in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge trial not guilty of conspiracy charges. The defendants were charged in connection with their involvement in the 41-day takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in January 2016. 
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As the trial wrapped up, defendant Ammon Bundy's attorney Marcus Mumford was reportedly tackled to the ground by U.S. Marshals, and was placed into custody by the federal protective service. Reports are the fracas was in relation to Bundy's release.

The defendants were also acquitted of illegal firearms possession charges—though the jury was deadlocked on whether to convict Ammon Bundy on theft charges.

Shortly after the verdict, Governor Kate Brown issued a statement, saying "While I respect the jury's decision, I am disappointed. The occupation of the Malheur Refuge by outsiders did not reflect the Oregon way of respectfully working together to resolve differences. I appreciate the due diligence of our federal partners and stand with the communities of Harney County and Burns."

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Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. While the pandemic reduced "hobbies" to "aspirations," you can mostly find her raising chickens, walking dogs, riding all the bikes and attempting to turn a high desert scrap of land into a permaculture oasis. (Progress: slow.)
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