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Judge cuts defendantís testimony short in Bunkerville retrial
Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | August 11, 2017 | Robert Anglen

Posted on 08/11/2017 9:37:52 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy

A federal judge in Las Vegas cut short the testimony of an Idaho gun enthusiast in the middle of his Bunkerville standoff retrial Thursday.

Eric Parker was photographed in April 2014 pointing a long gun through a barrier on an Interstate 15 overpass that overlooked a sandy ditch where protesters had gathered to face Bureau of Land Management agents.

Prosecutors first objected to Parker’s testimony about 20 minutes after he took the stand and uttered the words “First Amendment.”

Before the start of the second trial for Parker, a married father of two, and three other men, U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro barred the defense from referencing constitutional rights to freely assemble and to bear arms. She also prohibited mention of alleged misconduct or excessive force by law enforcement.

After a lengthy sidebar, Parker’s testimony continued before prosecutors objected to his use of the word “sniper.” The judge disallowed the comment and sent the jury to lunch.

After returning from the break and spending less than an hour testifying on the stand, Parker described being handed a pair of binoculars while in Bunkerville before he “looked up and to the right.” He seemed to be referencing the same area where he believed a sniper had been positioned.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steve Myhre immediately objected and requested a meeting with the judge and defense attorneys.

Moments later, Navarro returned to the bench and told Parker to step down. The judge ordered Parker’s testimony stricken before asking defense attorneys whether they planned to call any more witnesses Thursday afternoon.

(Excerpt) Read more at reviewjournal.com ...


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1 posted on 08/11/2017 9:37:52 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
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To: Bubba_Leroy

There is a more detailed article at AZCentral that cannot be posted on FR because of copyright claims.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-investigations/2017/08/10/bundy-retrial-drama-judge-scolds-defendant-orders-him-off-stand/558082001/


2 posted on 08/11/2017 9:39:03 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation has ended!)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Parker’s being railroaded and denied the opportunity to defend himself against the charges.


3 posted on 08/11/2017 9:42:10 AM PDT by MeganC (Democrat by birth, Republican by default, conservative by principle.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
" U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro barred the defense from referencing constitutional rights "

Thereby violating their rights, supposedly protected and guaranteed by the Constitutional

What the hell is going on with these Judges?

When the SHTF I suspect a lot of them are going to have to resign (or be resigned, if you catch my drift)

4 posted on 08/11/2017 9:43:06 AM PDT by Mr. K (***THERE IS NO CONSEQUENCE OF REPEALING OBAMACARE THAT IS WORSE THAN OBAMACARE ITSELF***)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

This judge and the prosecution need to be taught a lesson about what “of, by, and for the people” looks like.


5 posted on 08/11/2017 9:43:57 AM PDT by 60Gunner (The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. - Plato)
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To: MeganC

The judge has decided how she wants the trial to come out and is pissed that the first jury refused to go along with it. She is doing everything she can to make damned sure that this jury rules how she wants.


6 posted on 08/11/2017 9:45:05 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation has ended!)
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Hey, The Judge is just giving him lots of appeal options.. what a railjob. This is America?


7 posted on 08/11/2017 9:47:58 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Monthly Donors Rock!!!)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

This whole trial is a sham, waste of time and money. Any decision against the defendants will obviously be overturned by a higher court. This is a clear case of “judicial overreach”. This judge is nuts and doesn’t belong on the bench.


8 posted on 08/11/2017 9:48:35 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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Sounds like a Soviet-style show trial.


9 posted on 08/11/2017 9:50:34 AM PDT by MeganC (Democrat by birth, Republican by default, conservative by principle.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

This is what happens to White Lives Matter members.


10 posted on 08/11/2017 9:52:29 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: GoldenPup

The AZ Central article made it sound like the prosecution is stunned by the judge’s actions because it will mean a mistrial. One of the jurors felt like the witness to a beheading, the article said.


11 posted on 08/11/2017 9:52:47 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: Bubba_Leroy
A picture of what is forbidden to be mentioned in court.


12 posted on 08/11/2017 9:55:32 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro barred the defense from referencing constitutional rights to freely assemble and to bear arms.

Why? Do those constitutionally protected rights present a problem for prosecutors?
13 posted on 08/11/2017 9:55:36 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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14 posted on 08/11/2017 9:57:24 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

It’s an overused word but still best describes the judge and prosecutor.... evil.


15 posted on 08/11/2017 10:02:59 AM PDT by Seruzawa (FABOL - F*** A Bunch Of Liberals)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Grounds for a mis-trial..........


16 posted on 08/11/2017 10:07:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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To: MeganC

Sounds like a Soviet-style show trial.
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That’s exactly what it is.
Fedzilla does not like it when anyone challenges its authority.


17 posted on 08/11/2017 10:09:35 AM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

From the description above, it sounds like this trial is taking place in a Medieval English court.


18 posted on 08/11/2017 10:11:24 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment." - Will Rogers)
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This is all that is required for an appeal:

” U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro barred the defense from referencing constitutional rights to freely assemble and to bear arms. She also prohibited mention of alleged misconduct or excessive force by law enforcement.”

This instruction denies a rational defense.
i.e. - explaining his rights that require no defense
- explaining the threats he was responding to

Complying would only allow 5th Amendment violations, by inviting self-incrimination.


19 posted on 08/11/2017 10:29:18 AM PDT by G Larry (There is no great virtue in bargaining with the Devil)
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Typically, the cops don't ask questions when you do that.

20 posted on 08/11/2017 10:46:12 AM PDT by Timpanagos1
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