Challenging the Rhetoric

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By CHERI ROBERTS for Challenging the Rhetoric

With their cases rested and a jury in deliberation, attorneys on both sides of the Oregon Standoff can only collectively hold their breath and wait along with brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and their five co-defendants in the first of what is currently slated to be two trials.

Early this year, the Bundy brothers, along with several others, took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) some 30-miles outside of Burns, Oregon. They are charged with conspiracy to impede federal officers through intimidation, threats or force, possession of firearms in a federal facility, and theft of govt. property.

During the trial, the govt. argued that the defendants had turned the refuge into a “fortress” during the armed occupation that lasted 41-days and resulted in the shooting death of rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum and the indictment of dozens of participants in…

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