After spending two years in prison on charges dismissed last month, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy wants to meet the federal government back in court, E&E News reports.
Bundy’s lawyer, Larry Klayman, says the freed rancher wants to challenge the federal government’s authority and ownership over lands Bundy has run his cattle on for decades.
“If you look at the law, the law is very clear: How can Nevada be a state when the federal government claims to own 85 percent of the land?” Klayman told E&E News.
“This issue needs to be resolved to prevent the BLM from moving in again,” Klayman said, referring to the Bureau of Land Management and a raid the agency conducted against the Bundy ranch in 2014. The BLM went to impound cattle grazing on federal land for which Bundy had refused to pay grazing fees to the federal government for decades.
Bundy was released from prison last month after spending around 700 days behind bars on charges related to the 2014 BLM raid. The judge in the case dismissed all charges “with prejudice” Jan.8 after federal prosecutors violated Bundy’s civil rights on numerous occasions by hiding and lying about the existence of evidence favorable to Bundy’s defense.
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