GMN News – July 1st, 2016 – Guerrilla Media Network LLC
Just before midnight on June 30, 2016, J. Morgan Philpot filed a motion for continuance on behalf of his client Ammon Bundy. Other defense attorney’s we spoke with today told us they are not surprised but that it was unexpected. To change attorney’s this close to trial was a risky move in that the Judge has already said she want’s to move forward as quickly as possible.
Bundy made the decision two hours before the court’s Thursday deadline for seeking to continue the trial date. According to his attorney the decision wasn’t made until around 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time when he agreed to file the motion siting Ammon’s larger interest was in a fair trial.
Jon Ritzheimer, Jason Patrick, Duane Ehmer, Sean Anderson, Sandra Anderson, Jake Ryan, Dylan Anderson, Travis Cox and Darryl Thorn had already filed for their continuances before the Thursday deadline.
Tom Coan, attorney for Peter Santilli, said that he had no concerns about the trial beginning in 9 weeks, he is confident his clients case is solid and is ready to go to trial.
Joe O’Shaughnessy told us earlier today, he and his attorney Amy Baggio are also ready to move forward. “I’m just tired of sitting around here waiting,” he said, “I’m ready – It’s time to do this, it’s time to get it done so we can move on to Nevada.”
Mr. Bundy is also asking the Court for another shot at a “joint hearing” concerning his pre-trial release that would also include the Nevada case.
J. Morgan Philpot believes that because Judge Anna Brown found the alleged underlying conspiracy didn’t rise to a crime of violence, authorities have unfairly kept Bundy in jail for five months.
“Defendant requires additional time to resolve the unfairness presented by the government’s actions before he should be forced to stand trial,” the lawyers wrote.
“The effect of the court’s ruling is that it was error to have detained defendant from the outset of this case, and defendant should have been out on release able to review discovery, confer with his lawyers unimpeded, and assist in assembling the resources for his defense, ” his lawyers wrote.
Co-defendent Peter Santilli, who won his release in Oregon but was immediately held on charges stemming from the 2014 Bundy Ranch Protest, recently lost his bid for a pre-trial release when the Nevada 9th Circuit Court of Appeals referred his case back to Gloria Navarro, the Federal Judge residing over that case in Nevada.
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