Juror: Feds Failed to Prove Conspiracy in Refuge Case

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A juror who voted to acquit Ammon Bundy, his brother, and five others on federal conspiracy charges in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation tells The Oregonian that “all 12 jurors felt that this verdict was a statement regarding the various failures of the prosecution to prove ‘conspiracy’ … and not any form of affirmation of the defense’s various beliefs, actions, or aspirations.  Proving the elements of conspiracy, especially given the body of evidence we were forced to restrict ourselves to consider when judging, was far too great a standard to meet.”

Identified by the newspaper only as Juror 4, – a 44-year-old business administration student who served in the Navy during the Iraq War, said that, “The judge floored us when she said that there was no statute against impeding federal officers … nor was there a significant penalty applied to criminal trespass.” He added, “It was not lost on us that our verdict(s) might inspire future actions that are regrettable, but that sort of thinking was not permitted when considering the charges before us.”

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