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Defense Does NOT Rest – Jury Deliberates

The general consensus outside the courthouse is “We pushed the Feds back once again!”

Defense Does NOT Rest – Jury Deliberates

Defense Does NOT Rest – Jury Deliberates

by Shari Dovale

The Bunkerville Retrial has gone to the jury to begin their deliberations.

The defense case has been wrought with drama. Judge Gloria Navarro began by forcing the defense witnesses to proffer, or preview, their testimony out of the jury’s hearing. After 4 witnesses testified via SKYPE last week, including a witness that previously was called by the prosecution, Navarro ruled that none of them could testify.

Navarro made the ruling based on her belief that the witnesses were only there to bolster a self-defense claim. She ruled previously that this was not a valid defense in this case.

The following day, Eric Parker attempted to testify in his own defense, as is his right to do. After a few questions, Navarro stopped him from testifying, had him removed from the witness stand, and had his testimony completely stricken from the official court record. She instructed the jury to disregard his testimony, as if he had never been on the witness stand.

Monday brought Scott Drexler to the stand, however, she severely limited him in what he was allowed to say while testifying. He was not allowed to tell the jury why he went to Nevada, nor testify to any of the Constitutional violations that he witnessed.

The jury attempted to question Drexler after his testimony, yet Judge Navarro shut them down as well when she only allowed 4 of 12 questions to be asked. She told the jury that their remaining questions were not relevant and they did not need those answers.

Tuesday began the closing arguments. Nadia Ahmed gave the closing arguments for the prosecution. Some of the highlights from her closing included calling the Bundy cattle “property of the BLM” yet later stating the defendants went to Bunkerville to aid Cliven Bundy in “getting his cattle back”.

Ahmed also accused the defendants of using “travelers to impede officers from eliminating them as a threat.” Well, okay, the defendants did not want to be eliminated, or killed, by the BLM snipers. But the prosecution would have you believe that is the crime.

You are not allowed to defend yourself against BLM snipers?

Several times the defense objected to statements that Ahmed made, and each time Judge Navarro would rule in the favor of the prosecution.

When it came time for the defense to begin their closing arguments, each of the four defense attorneys stood and made the statement, “On behalf of Mr. [Client], we have no closing argument.”

Judge Gloria Navarro never asked the defense to rest their case, and seems to have forgotten the necessity for them to do so. They each sat down and Navarro immediately gave the case to the jury and excused them to begin their deliberations. Now, we have speculation as to the legal issues this brings.

Rich Tanasi, attorney for Steven Stewart, stood after the jury left and requested to make a motion before the official recess, yet Navarro would not allow it. She told him that he needed to file it in writing.

The drama did not end there. It seems that one of the jurors caught the eye of several people, including AUSA Myhre. She was seen ‘blowing a kiss’. She was later brought in front of Judge Navarro, as well as the prosecution and defense attorneys, for questioning.

She claimed that she was blowing a kiss to the alternate jurors, and not any of the participants in the trial. Navarro has allowed her to remain on the jury for the time being.

Speculation is running rampant about the strategy the defense is using by not giving closing arguments. Most believe it was a form of mass protest against Judge Navarro, knowing they would never have gotten through the closings without multiple objections.

Whether or not the jury will understand the protest is yet to be seen. It does seem to resonate throughout the spectators that it was a powerful statement.

The general consensus outside the courthouse is “We pushed the Feds back once again!”


Ahmed included the first half of this video in her closing arguments as evidence against the defendants:

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6 Comments on Defense Does NOT Rest – Jury Deliberates

  1. If Lynch and Clinton can get away with private conspiracy, why not a judge and prosecutor that are looking for nothing more than book deals when this is done.

  2. I believe that Judge Navarro and the AUSA have engaged in an ongoing criminal conspiracy to deny the constitutional rights of the defendants to have a fair trial. I also believe that she has committed serious judicial misconduct and she should be investigated by the DOJ. The AUSA should be removed and disbarred for life for his pert in this Stalinist – like show trial. This entire so-called trial is a modern day example of a 1930s Stalinist Show Trial, where the government has a predetermined outcome and the judge and assistant US Attorney are doing everything they can, whether it is legal or ethical – to ensure a conviction. The judge is also protecting the treacherous government bureaucrats from the scrutiny of the public eye. The DOJ, BLM, and other federal government agents and employees are terrified that the truth will come out.

    • Too right Chris,and as a daily observer of this black comedy, I can tell you that disbelief and disgust reign among those who witness it.This trial is so shot through with open and shut appeal causes that I’ve come to view it as a multimillion dollar harassment campaign. Among Navarro’s long, long list of defalcations, her interference in the jury selection process may be the most dangerous and malign. If this trespass on the Defense perogatve to reject jurors should become a precedent,vindictive judges will be able to stack jurys as they see fit.

  3. be curious to know if the juror who did the kiss blowing was one of the 5 Navarro put back on the jury that had previously been excused. I still believe in my heart that the corruption is so deep that the jury has been stacked. I also believe that we will find that inappropriate “conversations by prosecuting side and judge have taken place. Could be wrong, but when I get these kinds of insight, almost always right.

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