Release the SECOND Wooten Memo
by Shari Dovale
Larry Wooten is the whistleblower that came forward during the Bunkerville Standoff trial in Las Vegas last year and revealed the atrocities being committed by the Bureau of Land Managment (BLM) and the Federal Prosecutors in the case, headed by Steven Myhre.
Wooten was the lead investigator for the Bureau of Land Management’s investigation into the Bunkerville/Gold Butte operation that went bad for them in April of 2014.
However, there were other defendants affected by this information that have not been allowed the same benefits, including Todd Engel.
Engel was convicted of the lesser charges against him during the first trial in Las Vegas. During that trial, Engel was forced to represent himself due to ineffective counsel.
Additionally, Judge Gloria Navarro consistently ruled against the defendants and held they could not question the main accusor against them, BLM Special Agent Daniel P. Love.
Love has since been fired for his actions by the BLM. Yet, Engel still sits in prison, waiting his chance for justice. Engel has not yet been sentenced on his conviction, with a new date for the sentencing being July 19, 2018.
Engel has obtained a new attorney who is fighting for his release, or at least a new trial. Among their arguments are the Wooten memo, which was the catalyst for the release of Cliven Bundy and the defendants in that round.
If the Wooten information was enough to set aside the indictment for some of the defendants, it should be equally available to all of the defendants in the case.
The prosecution, lead by Steven Myhre who has since been relieved of his supervisory position, argued that the Wooten information did not apply to previous defendants, and also that the information was not true. In other words, Myhre called Larry Wooten a liar.
Wooten doubled down on his information after that and wrote a second memo with even more revelations. The letter was sent directly to the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
This second memo has been kept under very strict lock and key, with no one being allowed to read it until recently. The only ones allowed to even view this letter have been under strict observation at the prosecutor’s office, hence the defendants themselves have not been allowed to see the evidence against them.
Engel’s attorney, who has viewed the letter, is fighting for it’s release to the public, describing the new information akin to The Amityville Horror Story.
Warren Markowitz, Engel’s attorney, would like to have Larry Wooten testify in a deposition, the costs of which could have been prohibitive at roughly $10,000. However, supporters of Engel rallied this weekend and raised the needed funds.
It is time to get this done.
It is time to depose Larry Wooten, get his information on the record for the world to see, and release Todd Engel and the remaining defendants.
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