Guerilla Media Network LLC – July 7, 2016 – GMN Staff-writer
HER COURT WAS OUT OF ORDER
High drama is what took place in the Portland Courtroom of Judge Anna Brown today when once again Ammon Bundy refused to sit down when being ordered to do so after she denied his motion for a continuance. The judge said she couldn’t grant the Bundy brothers a delay without a showing that the two, who had initially insisted on a trial starting in April and opposed the court’s designation of the case as complex, couldn’t prepare for trial within the next nine weeks. She found it difficult to accept that the Bundy brothers — the “loud and clear leaders in this case from the beginning” — wouldn’t have time to prepare for trial by Sept. 7 and rejected their motions for any delay.
The room was filled with animosity between Brown, Ammon Bundy, and Bundy’s attorney Marcus Mumford. That tension quickly escalated into a dramatic confrontation between Bundy and the Judge, said one courtroom observer. A shouting match ensued between the two that caused the Judge to lose her composure and briefly lose control of the courtroom when the gallery full of supporters joined Mr. Bundy in his reprimand of the Judge.
Ammon stood up and just started to speak when the Judge shouted at him to sit down. Speak to me through your attorney, she said. She rose to her feet flailing her arms and was yelling at him — Her face was pretty red and full of anger – She was visibly pissed off – Ammon was yelling back at her telling her that it was unfair that he was always being told to shut-up and sit down. He was tired of being told to be quiet and having his right to be heard dismissed by her — Then it felt like the whole courtroom kind of joined in the yelling — the Marshalls’ were all on their feet and took someone out — it got pretty crazy there for a second —
To regain control of herself and the proceeding, Brown cleared the courtroom by calling a brief recess and shortly after returned to continue with the “ex parte hearing” without the Government or spectators. That hearing is said to have gone better.
Several other things were brought to light in today’s hearing as well as the Judge and Ammon Bundy’s apparent lack of patience for one another; Shawna Cox told the Court she was ready to part with her attorney and join the ranks of Ryan Bundy and a few others by representing herself when the trial gets underway.
Peter Santilli and his attorney Tom Coan were told by the Prosecution, they will not be calling witness Kevin Johnson to the stand during Santilli’s portion of the trial. Kevin Johnson is the man who falsely told the FBI he saw Mr. Santilli at a December 22nd “Committee Of Safety” meeting in Burns, Oregon where the takeover of the Refuge was allegedly first planned. Pete Santilli was overheard telling the prosecutor, “Good, — maybe we will call him to testify against you then.”
Oral arguments for the second round of motions were set to begin on July 18th, and a tentative time table for the trial itself was also set. Prosecutors are saying the Government will need at least 3-4 weeks to present their case in full, while the defense is estimating roughly 3 -5 days per defendant to get through their portion of the trial.
Nothing was said today about how long jury selection would be expected to take once it begins on September 7th, 2016. Judge Brown has noted they have 1,000 potential jurors from counties surrounding and including Multnomah County, where the trial is set to take place.
The Government also released a list to the defense today which contains the names of 111 people which mostly consists of with-held names of FBI agents and law enforcement whom they plan [to use to some capacity] their various cases for their case against the defendants. True to their word kevin Johnson’s name was not on that list.
However, there is one surprise on the list; Found among names like Sheriff David Ward, Steven Grasty and no name FBI agents – was the name Glen Palmer, the Sheriff of Grant County.
The state Department of Justice opened an investigation this past March into Palmer, who faces nine complaints, some from government employees, accusing him of promoting a personal agenda “over the welfare and safety of the general public he is sworn to protect. Many are claiming government pressure on Palmer has been oppressive after threatening to end his career in law enforcement. Others have expressed that they cannot imagine him being a cooperative witness for the Government. We reached out to Sheriff Palmer and as of the filing of this report we had received no comment.
Other names included were Chad and Rhonda Kargas – Husband and wife team working for the BLM and Fish and Wildlife respectfully.
Another interesting person on the list is Kieran Suckling. Kierán Suckling is a founder and the executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity and known agitator whom Carol Bundy, will quickly tell you is the group that started this fight between them and the BLM in 2014.
Suckling came to the Malheur Refuge to protest the Occupation and almost incited a riot according to some witnesses. Suckling is disliked by many, including some of his peers who say Suckling has done more harm than good in the environmental movement;
Ted Williams is proud of his credentials as an environmental provocateur and he uses those credentials to defend his criticism of Center for Biological Diversity in an article in High Country News (1). He expresses his opinion that CBD is motivated by money. He points out that CBD has filed hundreds of suits against the federal government, using environmental laws, such as the Endangered Species Act, and that every time it wins it collects attorney fees from the federal government. The cost and number of these suits has become a major obstacle to US Fish & Wildlife and the Environmental Protection Agency in fulfilling their mandate to protect rare species.
Suckling has his own ideas about how he and the CBD will rule the world someday according to milliontrees.me – an environmental group dedicated to saving trees in the San Francisco Bay area : If you read the article we have attached here Suckling even goes so far to say that his group hopes to ban all foreign trees from being planted in America and get rid of what is already here by hunting them down and burning them all to the ground.
Mr. Suckling implies that CBD’s control of the environment is only temporary until the new order is established in which plants and animals are in control. This reminds us of a similar fantasy about a new social and economic model which was originally proposed by Karl Marx. In creating the concept of communism, he envisioned a temporary dictatorship of elites which would eventually be ceded to a “dictatorship of the proletariat.” The world has now witnessed many attempts to install communism as the governing economic model, but we have not seen the dictatorship of elites willingly cede their power to the people.
This quote of CBD’s Executive Director from Ted Williams’ article, also helps us to understand why CBD sues the federal government to achieve their goals:
“’They [employees of federal agencies] feel like their careers are being mocked and destroyed—and they are,’ he told the High Country News. ‘So they become much more willing to play by our rules.’” In other words, suing—and the threat of suit—is CBD’s means of controlling the federal agencies that are responsible for protecting the environment, i.e., forcing them to do what CBD wants.
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