Malheur Protest Trial Verdict Watch and Wait
By Shari Dovale
It is wet and cold in Portland this morning, with defendants and court watchers waiting on word from the jury in the second Malheur Protest trial.
Gathering near the courthouse, principles need to be within 15 minutes of the court room. The call may come in the form of questions from the jury or the anticipated verdict.
The jury is deliberating on several felony charges for the remaining defendants, Jason Patrick, Jake Ryan, Duane Ehmer and Darryl Thorn.
Judge Anna Brown held a Bench trial on the misdemeanor charges, in which she will issue a written verdict as soon as next week. Waiting, praying, more waiting, singing, and even more waiting fills the days of the supporters as they anticipate the verdict.
The US Marshals are in good humor and they have been friendly with the Patriots, as their work has slowed considerably. The third floor has been made available for the defendants and their attorneys.
For the most part, however, they prefer to watch and wait with the supporters that have been there throughout the trial.
They do not discuss the details of the trials much, if at all. That part is over. They are on to the next phase. The rain does not keep them away. It seems not much will deter them at this stage.
Staying hopeful and keeping the faith are the orders of the day.