After the arrests of Cliven Bundy and Ammon Bundy in Oregon, the pair are being held on a number of charges. They are now releasing updates through attorneys and through the Facebook page associated with Bundy Ranch. In the latest series of updates, they ask for donations, declare the Federal courts 'lawless,' and maintain that they are being persecuted for unpopular speech.
On Thursday, Lissa Casey, an attorney for Ammon Bundy, spoke to DML Unfiltered. Though several individuals are jailed on charges related to the incidents, Casey only represents Ammon and spoke only for him.
She discussed her client being denied bail due to being judged a flight risk, maintaining that his desire to have his story heard would ensure his appearance at trial. She and reporter Bill Tucker agreed that denying bail was inappropriate in this case and demonstrated a government abuse of power.
According to Oregon Live, Ammon spent over three weeks occupying a Federally owned building in Oregon, and was only taken by police when he and others left the building and were caught traveling along the highway.
KOIN reports that involvement in these multiple armed standoffs (at the Bundy Ranch as well as in Oregon) and refusal to recognize governmental authority are part of the reason for considering Cliven and Ammon flight risks.
In a previous statement, released through Arnold Law Firm on February 4th, Ammon declared,
When government officials are acting in contrary to the people, they must not get away with it.On Sunday, the Bundy Ranch page also shared a post comparing the family and their militia friends to Voltaire -- specifically referring to the famous quote, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Drawing the comparison, they hint that the Bundy militia members are merely imprisoned for unpopular speech:
We must protect unpopular speech or we are all in danger.Sundays' second update from the Bundy family and their cohorts comes through activist Gavin Seim -- an activist who is known for a variety of public actions including running for U.S. House in 2014, filming himself flagging down unmarked police cars to lecture the drivers about entrapment, and most recently, diving deeply into the Bundy standoff.
You can see a video from him below, declaring that the FBI assassinated Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum, and referring to the FBI's attempts to end the standoff as "wicked deeds."
In his more recent update, he shares that Nevada Representative Michele Fiore has been to visit Cliven and Ammon Bundy in prison, and that she has assured him the pair are in good spirits.
The abuse continues and what's happening in the Federal courtroom is nothing short of evil. The patriot political prisoners are mostly in good spirits and believe God is working despite the dark days.Fiore herself has also released an update, referring to the Bundy standoff and the public reaction to her supporting their cause. She says she's been attacked by
...leftists (and other) hate groups...... but that she agrees the Federal government is overreaching.
She has been supportive of the Bundy crew throughout, tweeting to refer to the death of Finicum as murder, and otherwise speaking out in support of the occupiers.
My heart & prays go out to LaVoy Finicum's family he was just murdered with his hands up in Burns OR.Ryan Bundy has been shot in the armArnold Law has also created a crowdfunding page, asking for $100k in donations to cover Ammon Bundy's legal defense.
— Michele Fiore (@VoteFiore) January 27, 2016
The most recent update is from Ammon's wife, Lisa Bundy, who shared a photo she says is of Ammon writing "I [heart] U" on the window of the facility where he is currently incarcerated. Using hashtags to refer to Ammon and Cliven Bundy as prisoners of war and patriots who must be freed, she says,
Went to see my main man tonight! He left me a tender message with a wave. Seriously love him so so so much! Keep ALL these guys in your prayers. They haven't seen the light of day in almost a month.
According to OPB, Ammon Bundy and other occupiers return to court on February 24.
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