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Fighting for the 1st Amendment in the Bunkerville Trial

This motion should be shared with every Legislator and elected official in the US.

Fighting for the 1st Amendment in the Bunkerville Standoff Trial

Fighting for the 1st Amendment in the Bunkerville Trial

by Shari Dovale

Freedom of the Press has been a driving issue in the Bunkerville Standoff trials happening in Las Vegas.

Journalist Arrested For Defense of First AmendmentFrom the ‘First Amendment Zone’ to the incarceration of a media reporter, the government has made every attempt to keep the truth from the public.

Pete Santilli has been an independent internet journalist for a number of years, reporting on government over reach and wasteful spending.

Santilli was the only full-time news media that attended the Bunkerville Standoff. There were other news reporters, but not before most of them watched Pete’s reports on his YouTube channel.

The government has repeatedly shown contempt for the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They continue on this lawless path by incarcerating a journalist for over 18 months on charges related to the First Amendment.

Santilli has been incarcerated since January 26, 2016, without bail, and without a speedy trial.

The prosecution filed a motion to keep the jury from hearing the majority of the facts in this case. They have asked Judge Gloria Navarro to keep the defendants from any chance of a defense argument, not allow them to discuss any events leading up to the protest in April 2014, or allow anyone to show the heavily-armed SWAT teams in a ‘negative’ light, and more.

This is not the first time the prosecution made this request. Indeed, this is the third trial for some of the defendants. We have seen, in the prior trials, that Judge Navarro was quite willing to grant every request of the prosecution, and deny all motions from the defense.

However, each defendant is entitled to file, on the record, their response to the government’s request. Sometimes the responses are solely to put points for appeal on the record, for possible use in event of conviction.

The argument shown to you below is a very well presented argument for the First Amendment and Freedom of the Press. It is important, not just to defendant Pete Santilli, but to every citizen in this country. This motion should be shared with every Legislator and elected official in the US. And it certainly needs to be brought to the attention of AG Sessions and President Trump.


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2 Comments on Fighting for the 1st Amendment in the Bunkerville Trial

  1. Sessions and Trump both know all about this sham trial and kangaroo court and they have given all of us the cold shoulder. Please do not pretend either Sessions or Trump actually care about our patriots, they don’t. They are both on the gravy train the current corrupt system offers. I would not be surprised at all if both Sessions and Trump are heavily invested in prisons for profit and that is why they push all this “tough on crime” propaganda like mandatory minimum sentences, three strikes laws, and it is why they say nothing when good people are locked up without bail for over a year and a half. Their stocks are probably going up.

    • Adam : I don’t know about any stock holdings, but I do share your grim appraisal of the inaction we’ve seen from DC. This Bundy et al case is the Trial of the Century, Trump and Sessions have been bombarded with protests from good Americans, the Judge and prosecutor are on a madcap vendetta, and yet we hear nothing. You are right that the “Washington Party” – as I like to call it – cares for nothing but their own interests, and their interests are consistently inimical to the public interest. So long as we turn to Mordor on the Potomac as our overlord and arbiter, this malign influence will metasthize.

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