Facebook Evidence Allowed Into Bundy Trial
by Shari Dovale
More details were revealed last week concerning the mishandling of evidence against the protesters from the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.
The FBI did not follow the scope of the warrant and allowed naked pictures of a non-defendant to be shared with defendants and their attorneys. Then the government witnesses lied in court about the way they handled it.
First they broke the law, then they lied about it.
This is a major breach and taints the evidence the prosecution wishes to present.
However, Judge Anna Brown has decided to allow the prosecution wide latitude and present this evidence. She did indicate that she intends to admonish the prosecution for it’s mishandling of the evidence.
But, what does that mean? It means that she intends to reprimand them, but not much else. It may include a warning to not do it again, but, it is really more of a stern talking to, or a slap on the wrist.
Basically, the government screwed up, and got away with it. The defendants, however, better play by ALL the rules!
We had heard many stories and examples of Judge Anna Brown stacking the deck against the defendants in this case, and have even reported on a few. After we came to Portland and watched the jury selection, we were willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, believing that it could have been the stress of the past 8 months that made her seem biased.
Well, this pretty much shows me that she really is biased against the defense. She had a clear case of the government breaking the law, with a golden opportunity to show fairness. But she held them to a different standard than she holds the defense.
Additionally, she is holding the government, and herself, to a lower standard than she is holding the jury. She asked each one of the jurors to promise to uphold the law Whether Or Not they agreed with it. She will not allow them to utilize ‘Jury Nullification‘ even though they have the right to do so.
However, she is allowing the government to get away with breaking the law, and the defense must deal with the consequences. She has placed the government above the law, with no real consequences to their actions.
Just like Hillary.