Rancher Cliven Bundy walks out a free man

Federal judge found what she called “flagrant misconduct” by prosecutors dismissed criminal charges against the 71-year-old states’ rights figure.

Published on January 8, 2018 2:39PM


LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada rancher who was accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities has walked out of a federal courthouse in Las Vegas as a free man.

Supporters cheered Monday as Cliven Bundy hugged his wife. He says that he had been jailed for 700 days as a “political prisoner” for refusing to acknowledge federal authority over the land around his cattle ranch.

A judge who found what she called “flagrant misconduct” by prosecutors dismissed criminal charges against the 71-year-old states’ rights figure, two of his sons and a Montana militia leader.

The collapse of the case is a stunning failure for the U.S. attorney’s office in Nevada.

Newly appointed Interim U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson (el-AYE’-eh-sun) didn’t immediately respond on whether the government will take the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.



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