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Ammon Bundy, Others Appeal Order To Appear In Nevada

Amanda Peacher/OPB
Ammon Bundy was the leader of the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Ammon Bundy and three others currently jailed in Oregon on charges related to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are appealing a court order that they appear in federal court in Nevada next month. 

Last week, a federal judge in Portland ordered the defendants to be flown to Nevada on April 13 and returned to Oregon on April 25. They would make their first court appearances on charges growing out of an armed standoff with federal agents at Cliven Bundy’s ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada in 2014.

Defense attorneys say the four men are appealing the transfer order to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. They argue the Nevada case shouldn't begin until the Oregon case is finished, because it could violate their clients’ right to effective counsel.