© 2022 | Jefferson Public Radio
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
541.552.6301 | 800.782.6191
KSOR Header background image 1
a service of Southern Oregon University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Ammon Bundy's Oregon Attorney Wants Charges Dismissed In Courthouse Scuffle

The attorney for the leader of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation wants a judge to dismiss charges against him related to a courthouse scuffle.

Lawyer Marcus Mumford was tased by U.S. Marshals last October in the moments after a jury found seven refuge occupiers not guilty of conspiracy charges related to the January 2016 takeover.

Mumford argued that his client, Ammon Bundy, should have been released following his acquittal. But Judge Anna Brown said he had to stay in custody because he faced felony charges in Nevada for his role in a 2014 standoff.

Mumford's attorney says the misdemeanor charges should be dismissed, citing, quote – outrageous government misconduct that precipitated the charges. He also says that the charges are vague and he wasn’t notified that his conduct was unlawful.

A trial in the case is set for April 17.

<p>A supporter displays a "NOT GUILTY!" button following the not guilty verdict delivered in the trial of seven occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

A supporter displays a "NOT GUILTY!" button following the not guilty verdict delivered in the trial of seven occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

<p>Maureen Valdez, left, from Beaverton and Dory Borck from Portland, both supporters of the occupation, embrace following the deliverance of a not guilty verdict for all defendants in the occuption of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Maureen Valdez, left, from Beaverton and Dory Borck from Portland, both supporters of the occupation, embrace following the deliverance of a not guilty verdict for all defendants in the occuption of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

<p>Defendant Neil Wampler hugs supporter Dory Borck. "Oh, just wonderful," Wampler said when asked how he felt about the verdict.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Defendant Neil Wampler hugs supporter Dory Borck. "Oh, just wonderful," Wampler said when asked how he felt about the verdict.

<p>Supporters chant the names and verdicts of all seven defendants in the trial of occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Supporters chant the names and verdicts of all seven defendants in the trial of occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

<p>Occupation supporter Brand Nu Thornton, left, raises his shofar and hugs fellow supporter John Lamb after seven occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon were found not guilty.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Occupation supporter Brand Nu Thornton, left, raises his shofar and hugs fellow supporter John Lamb after seven occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon were found not guilty.

<p>Defense attorney Morgan Philpot answers questions following the delivery of not guilty verdicts.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Defense attorney Morgan Philpot answers questions following the delivery of not guilty verdicts.

<p>Defendant Shawna Cox answers questions following the not guilty verdict delivered in the trial of her and six other occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Defendant Shawna Cox answers questions following the not guilty verdict delivered in the trial of her and six other occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

<p>Occupation supporter Rick Koerber speaks to media outside the federal courthouse in Portland.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Occupation supporter Rick Koerber speaks to media outside the federal courthouse in Portland.

<p>Occupation supporters (and a horse named Lady Liberty) marched around the block outside the federal courthouse in Portland following the verdict.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Occupation supporters (and a horse named Lady Liberty) marched around the block outside the federal courthouse in Portland following the verdict.

<p>Defendant Jeff Banta gives an interview following the verdict. Banta and six others were all found not guilty of conspiracy.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Defendant Jeff Banta gives an interview following the verdict. Banta and six others were all found not guilty of conspiracy.

<p>Tiffany Harris, attorney for Shawna Cox, speaks to media following the verdict.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Tiffany Harris, attorney for Shawna Cox, speaks to media following the verdict.

<p>Brand Nu Thornton blows the shofar outside the federal courthouse in Portland following the verdict.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Brand Nu Thornton blows the shofar outside the federal courthouse in Portland following the verdict.

<p>Defense attorney Matt Schindler answers questions following the delivery of the verdict outside the federal courthouse in Portland.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Defense attorney Matt Schindler answers questions following the delivery of the verdict outside the federal courthouse in Portland.

<p>Occupation supporter Maureen Valdez speaks to media holding a pocket Constitution following the deliverance of a not guilty verdict for seven defendants in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

Occupation supporter Maureen Valdez speaks to media holding a pocket Constitution following the deliverance of a not guilty verdict for seven defendants in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

<p>An occupation supporter shouts "Free the Hammonds" outside the federal courthouse in Portland. The 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was partly driven by the resentencing of Harney County ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond.</p>

Bradley W. Parks

/
/

An occupation supporter shouts "Free the Hammonds" outside the federal courthouse in Portland. The 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was partly driven by the resentencing of Harney County ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond.

Copyright 2017 Oregon Public Broadcasting

OPB Staff