Bundy Case May Result In Mistrial After Prosecutors Didn’t Share Key Evidence

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the ringleader of a 2014 standoff with federal authorities over grazing fees, may have to go to trial over his armed protest for a second time if a judge rules the case a mistrial.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro hinted a mistrial may be imminent after she recited a long list of evidence and witnesses that government prosecutors did not provide to defendants within an appropriate amount of time, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The information withheld from the defendants, Bundy and three others, was “sufficient to undermine the confidence in the outcome of the trial,” Navarro said.

Bundy and the others are on trial for their part in a standoff with federal authorities with the Bureau of Land Management. The federal agency was trying to forcefully move Bundy’s cattle off federal land after years of Bundy refusing to pay grazing fees, and for Bundy refusing to move the cattle himself.

Six other participants in the Nevada showdown have faced trial, with two found guilty of crimes related to the event. One of the guilty parties was sentenced to 68 years in prison. The other is still waiting to be sentenced, Reuters reports.

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