The Case Of Cliven Bundy And His Sons
You have probably heard of a very interesting case where a man in Nevada tried to stop federal law enforcement from rounding up his cattle and remove it from public property. Well, that case is finally going to court, and although justice is sometimes slow it does not fail to reach anybody. Mr. Bundy decided to interpret the law according to his desires and preferences, but we all know this is not how things go. His actions caused a lot of attention and media covered the story from the start, and now we have the chance to witness the end of the drama.
For those who are not informed, Cliven Bundy was letting his cattle graze on a federal land, although he claimed that his family had historical rights to those fields and that they used those lands for almost a century. This was later proved wrong, but not after the federal court ordered him to remove the cattle and pay grazing fees. However, the farmer decided to oppose the law and the court and he refused to pay the fees for almost 20 years.
In the end, the total of unpaid fees amounted to $1.1 million, and the authorities finally decided to take action. The Bureau of Land Management went with armed law enforcement to perform this duty, but they were confronted by more than 200 men armed with more than 60 guns. They didn’t want to retreat peacefully and cause a standoff in April 2014. However, laws officials later performed their task and the story was permanently over.
Almost two years later, Bundy and his two sons, Ammon and Ryan were arrested in Portland, Oregon and they were taken into custody where they will await trial. Their lawyer tried to release them on bail and asked the court to let them home where they can await the process, but this plea was rejected since the judge estimated that Mr. Bundy is a “lawless and violent man” and that he could present a threat to society if released. Flight risk was also included in this decision, which means that they await the hearing in custody.
lthough the investigation lasted two years, officials and the prosecutor are certain that the case will be successfully finished and that the justice will be served. Bundy himself could face a life sentence and up to $1 million in fines since he is accused as the head of the conspiracy, in addition to other points of accusation: assault on a federal officer, obstruction of justice, weapon use and possession, aiding and abetting, extortion.
No matter the nature of the case, these charges are definitely serious and they could be very dangerous for Cliven Bundy and his hope of becoming a free man once again. He is 69 years old now, and on Friday, he will be taken in front of the court to explain his case and present his defense. If the case goes to trial and a grand jury decides his fate – it’s I hard to be optimistic about the chances of this Nevada farmer.