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They arrested and charged other protesters who occupied the refuge. Only one protester was killed. Spokesman for the group LeRoy Finican was gunned down when Ammon Bundy and his brother were stopped and arrested away from the Refuge, on the way to a community gathering.
Currently, Bundy’s attorney has filed a motion for dismissal on the grounds that the federal court does not have jurisdiction. His attorney, Lissa Casey, said the U.S. Constitution grants the federal government very limited powers to hold land within the states itself and that the vast majority of federally owned land is therefore unconstitutional.
The federal government has Bundy charged with numerous charges including intimidation and threats and several firearm charges in hopes of putting him away for decades.
To view the initial criminal complaint and probable cause document, click Militia criminal complaint and probable causes.
Also, Bundy’s lawyer Mike Arnold Tuesday filed a motion in federal court to get more time to prepare with his client for trial. Ammon, his brother Ryan Bundy, and several others are set to go on federal trial in September for their roles in the 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.
The high profile protest and occupation has segued into a high profile court case which protesters obviously hope will keep a continued spotlight on the fight between ranchers, property rights advocates and the federal government.
Bundy, 40, is being held without bond in the Multnomah County Jail.
Usually the no bond ruling is reserved for high flight risks, and killers and molesters of young children.
Bundy is an obvious “political” prisoner who protested and waived a gun around. Bundy isn’t going to run away; he is “bringing” this fight.