LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on criminal charges in separate standoffs in Nevada and Oregon (all times local):
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has lost his bid for release from jail ahead of trial on federal charges stemming from an armed standoff against government agents two years ago.
A federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas pointed Thursday to grand jury findings that Bundy incited and led a gunpoint standoff to stop federal agents from rounding up cattle near his ranch in April 2014.
Bundy and four of his adult sons are among 19 people now facing federal charges.
The judge noted that Bundy ignored federal court orders for many years ahead of that confrontation and said he wasn’t convinced Bundy would comply if he were freed.
Bundy denies U.S. government authority and declined last week to enter a plea in a demonstration that federal law doesn’t apply to his case.
A federal judge has prohibited U.S. marshals from transferring leaders of the armed Oregon occupation to Nevada for court hearings related to a separate armed standoff against government agents two years ago.
Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne have been jailed in Portland since January for their roles in a 41-day standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge. They wanted public lands relinquished to local control.
The Bundy brothers and others also have been charged with father Cliven Bundy in the 2014 armed standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up cattle near Bundy’s Nevada ranch. The patriarch is in court in Las Vegas on Thursday seeking his release from jail pending trial.
Payne’s attorney Lisa Hay sought an emergency order Wednesday, saying the trio shouldn’t be transferred until the Oregon case is over. She says sending them to Nevada would violate their right to have a speedy trial and effective counsel in Oregon.
U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown granted the request. Her interim order also applies to at least two other Oregon defendants charged in the Nevada case.
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy wants to ask a federal judge on Thursday to release him from jail pending trial on charges stemming from an armed standoff against federal agents two years ago.
Prosecutors say Bundy already had a detention hearing in Oregon and isn’t entitled to another one in Las Vegas.
Cliven Bundy and four of his adult sons are among 19 people facing charges including conspiracy, assault, weapon possession and threatening federal officers.
They’re accused of organizing a gunpoint standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up cattle from public land near Bundy’s ranch in April 2014.
Bundy’s court appearance last week drew about 100 demonstrators supporting his fight against federal control of vast areas in the West.
Bundy denies U.S. government authority over rangeland around his property.
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