Remember that time a few weeks back when I headed south to investigate the state of the Pacific Northwest in the midst of the US elections and ended up interviewing a land-rights protester named Jason Patrick in Portland?
Well yesterday, the leaders of the movement he had supported from the beginning and even acted as a de facto spokesperson for at one point according to Reuters, were acquitted by jury.
Then U.S. marshals tackled attorney Marcus Mumford to the ground in the courtroom as he demanded his client, group leader Ammon Bundy, be released, despite additional charges remaining against him. Bundy’s brother Ryan Bundy, and several others, were found not guilty of possessing a firearm in a federal facility and conspiring to keep federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The Bundys and other key figures were arrested in a Jan. 26 traffic stop outside the refuge that ended with police fatally shooting Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, an occupation spokesman. Most occupiers left after his death, but four holdouts remained until Feb. 11, when they surrendered following a lengthy negotiation. (Associated Press via the Toronto Star)
Click to go directly to the audio of my interview with Jason Patrick about the Oregon standoff. It’s at 1:05:00 of the episode.