Bundy Sues Obama, Reid & Judge
Cliven Bundy filed a complaint against U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro, U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the son of Harry Reid, Rory Reid and President Barack Obama.
The complaint asks the Court to dismiss the indictment against Cliven Bundy and release him from prison and solitary confinement.
Bundy lawyer Joel Hansen handed a copy of the lawsuit to U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in open court in Las Vegas on Tuesday, and he told her that because she’s a named defendant, she should remove herself from Bundy’s case.
Navarro picked up the gauntlet and is allowing the Bundy lawyer to lay out his case. She set a May 25 date to rule whether she’ll step aside.
The lawsuit accuses the government of “cruel and unusual punishment” for locking him in solitary confinement. It also says officials have violated his free-speech rights, his freedom of religion, his second amendment rights and his right to a speedy trial.
In court, Hansen accused Reid of tainting public opinion against Bundy by branding him a domestic terrorist after the April 2014 standoff, which Hansen alleged followed a Reid order for the federal Bureau of Land Management to round up Bundy cattle from the scenic Gold Butte area near Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville.
The lawsuit contends in part that the reason for the raid was to remove Bundy and his family from their property so federal authorities could sell it “for profit and/or kickbacks by and to Defendants Harry Reid and his son Rory Reid, a Las Vegas lawyer in a secret under the table deal, being then negotiated by Defendant Rory Reid on behalf of himself and his father.”
The court documents then refer to Reid’s public references of the Bundy family and supporters as “nothing more than domestic terrorists,” a statement that was widely reported by various media outlets back in April of 2014.
The lawsuit also accused Obama of ordering Attorney General Loretta Lynch to have Bundy “arrested at the Portland airport and charged and then indicted with 17 counts of criminal acts in Nevada and incarcerated in prison in solitary confinement, where he remains to this day.”
Bundy’s 19-page court filing wraps with a request for compensatory and punitive damages “in excess of” $50 million and a demand for a jury trial to determine several constitutional issues.
You can read the complaint here.