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Labrador Reacts to Judge Dismissing Charges in Bundy Case

 

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LABRADOR REACTS TO JUDGE DISMISSING CHARGES IN BUNDY CASE  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, issued a statement today after U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed the charges against four men in connection with a 2014 protest over public lands management in Nevada. Navarro found that federal prosecutors withheld critical evidence that could have proven the defendants guiltless and called the prosecution’s conduct an “intentional abdication of its responsibility.”

Labrador’s statement:

“Today Judge Navarro left no doubt that federal prosecutors violated  fundamental principles in our system of justice, finding that the government ‘violated due process rights’ and deeming that conduct ‘outrageous.’ The prosecution’s willful withholding of evidence favorable to the defense – including records of surveillance and a blistering internal report revealing misconduct and bias in the Bureau of Land Management – is abhorrent.

“Judge Navarro did the right thing in dismissing the case, but we must also take steps to ensure that such prosecutorial misconduct isn’t repeated. We must reaffirm that civil liberties are absolutely fundamental to our constitutional form of government.”

In September Labrador wrote Attorney General Jeff Sessions, urging him to review a letter signed by 53 current and former members of the Idaho Legislature expressing serious concerns about the treatment of four Idahoans in “The Bunkerville Stand Off” trials. “There is a strong possibility that a miscarriage of justice is being committed,” wrote Labrador, who also asked Sessions to ensure that defendants be treated fairly.