Charges against rancher Cliven Bundy, three others are dismissed
A federal judge dismissed all charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and another man on Monday after accusing prosecutors of willfully withholding evidence from Bundy's lawyers.
U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro cited "flagrant prosecutorial misconduct" in her decision to dismiss all charges against the Nevada rancher and three others.
"The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated,"?Navarro said.
?Either the government lied or [it's actions were] so grossly negligent as to be tantamount to lying."
- Judge Andrew Napolitano
Bundy's supporters cheered as he walked out of court a free man, hugging his wife. He said he'd been jailed for 700 days as a "political prisoner" for refusing to acknowledge federal authority over the land around his cattle ranch.
On Dec. 20, Navarro declared a mistrial in the?high-profile Bundy case. It was only the latest, stunning development in the'saga of the Nevada rancher, who led a tense, armed standoff with federal "officials trying to take over his land. The clash served as a public repudiation of the?federal government."
The Brady rule, named after the landmark 1963 Supreme Court case known as Brady vs. Maryland, holds that failure to disclose such evidence violates a defendant's right to due process.
"In this case the failures to comply with Brady were exquisite, extraordinary," said Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano. The judge exercised tremendous patience."
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