Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy And His Sons Await Trial
Most people occasionally get in a situation where they do not agree with a court’s decision or they think that a certain law is unfair or even wrong, but not a lot of them decide to confront legal officials with a gun or create a standoff. Laws can be unfair and they may cause problems for some people, but if they are not equal for all people and if everybody can take matters into their own hands and seek justice with weapons – then something is very wrong with those laws and the society in general.
However, our legal system is firm and strong and it does not allow for violence to overcome legal documents and agreements, and a perfect example of this principle happened in Nevada in the case of Cliven Bundy and his sons.
For those who may not remember the facts of this case, Nevada farmer, Mr. Cliven Bundy had a rather large dispute with the federal government since his cattle was grazing for years on a public property. He claimed that the land in question belonged to his family for generations and that he has full right to use the fields, but papers and legal documents were clear – the land was a federal property and he had no legal basis for his claims. This was proven in court since he lost his lawsuit in 1998 and was ordered to pay fines for his use of the land.
However, he did not respect this decision and his total fees had amounted to $1.1 million by 2014. In that moment, federal authorities finally decided to take action and the Bureau of Legal Management was sent to round up Mr. Bundy’s cattle and enforce the decision of the High Court.
In April 2014, Bundy and his sons prepared an armed confrontation with the law officials and they gathered over 200 people armed with 60 guns. This incident was the main reason for their arrest, and in the late 2015 Cliven Bundy and his sons, Ammon and Ryan, were captured in Portland, Oregon as soon as their plane landed and they are currently in custody awaiting the hearing. The supposed hearing was scheduled for Monday, but was prolonged and will now take place on Friday, which means that we will soon hear what this rogue Nevada rancher has to say for himself.
Cliven Bundy is now 69 years old, and his complicated case may leave him in jail for the rest of his life. The charges he faces are highly serious, and they include conspiracy over the government, weapon use and possession, assault on a federal officer, obstruction of justice and several others points. If he is found guilty on all charges he will probably face a life sentence and will be forced to pay around $1 million for fines. Since he is seen as a “lawless and violent man”, Mr. Bundy will remain in custody for the duration of the trial and he was not allowed to go back home and prepare for the process there.