October 18, 2016 - 5:07 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Latest on Oregon's ranching standoff trial (all times local):
The attorney for Ammon Bundy told jurors his client is being falsely accused as a conspirator.
In his closing argument Tuesday, Marcus Mumford said Bundy and others who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last winter made a peaceful stand — but a determined one— against what they saw as federal government overreach in the prosecution of two Oregon ranchers convicted of setting fires on public lands.
Bundy and six co-defendants are charged with conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs at the refuge through force, threat or intimidation.
Mumford said Bundy did not have a problem with the employees. The attorney said Bundy took with their employer — the federal government.
Closing arguments for the others defendants will be held Wednesday.
The trial of the man who led a standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge has raised many complicated issues, some of them political.
But a federal prosecutor told the jury Tuesday during closing arguments that the case comes down to common sense.
Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants have been charged with preventing federal employees from doing their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by seizing the refuge for 41 days last winter.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight says the case isn't about land policy in the U.S. West or what Ammon Bundy considered to be an unjust sentence for two local ranchers convicted of arson.
Those are all issues Bundy has raised or tried to raise in his defence case.
Bundy's attorney will give his closing argument Tuesday afternoon.
News from © The Associated Press, 2016