stal wrote:Nothing posted on this yet? http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-bundy-mistrial-2018-story.html
In the judges words... â€śEither the government lied or [its actions were] so grossly negligent as to be tantamount to lying,â€ť Napolitano said. â€śThis happened over and over again.â€ť
The FBI apparently willingly and knowingly fabricated and withheld exculpatory evidence.
I'm hoping that the LR folks who worked for/with the FBI and have chimed in on previous threads would opine on this? I thought this didn't and couldn't happen because they're such standup guys and gals and us laymen would never understand how investigations work?
Methinks that these are the first of the FBI agents and prosecutors who are going to be in the headlines in the coming weeks.
I alluded to this case dismissal -- with prejudice (a serious dismissal meaning the government can't retry the Bundys on these charges -- in that dog license thread I started. It's a particularly egregious kind of misconduct, too, because it was clear the government serially withheld exculpatory evidence on several occasions when it had the opportunity to conduct is case in accordance with the standards of justice it's supposed to adhere to.
Cliven Bundy -- who I'm not a big fan of -- and his sons offered as a defense the claim that they had only armed themselves because they feared the government had them under surveillance and had posted snipers around them. The evidence prosecutors deliberately withheld from them was that, indeed, the government had in fact been surveilling them and really had posted snipers all around them.
Then there's this op-ed in USA Today:
"A whistleblowing memo by BLM chief investigator Larry Wooten charges that BLM chose "the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale and militaristic trespass cattle (seizure) possible'' against Bundy. He also cited a "widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct, as well as likely policy, ethical and legal violations" by BLM officials in the case. BLM agents even "bragged about roughing up Dave Bundy, grinding his face into the ground and Dave Bundy having little bits of gravel stuck in his face'' while he was videotaping federal agents. Wooten also stated that anti-Mormon prejudice pervaded BLM's crackdown."
Seems to me like the Bureau of Land Management was itching to get its gun off, as it were.
Am I at the point where I "love my country but fear my government?" Not as far as the latter sentiment goes, but news like this doesn't make it any easier to accept at face value, on some occasions, what the government presents as evidence when it seeks to bring citizens to the bar of justice.