Ammon Edward Bundy (born September 1, 1975) is an American car fleet manager who led armed militants in the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
He is the son of rancher Cliven Bundy, who was the central figure of the 2014 Bundy standoff regarding unpaid grazing fees on federally-owned public land.
Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan, and five other defendants were charged by the federal government for conspiracy and weapons violations in the “occupation”.
According to the October 27th New York Times,
“PORTLAND, Ore. — Armed antigovernment protesters led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy, charged in the takeover of a federally owned Oregon wildlife sanctuary in January, were acquitted Thursday of federal conspiracy and weapons charges.
“The surprise verdict in Federal District Court was a blow to the government, which had argued that the group used force and threats of violence to occupy the reserve, impeding the federal workers there. But the jury appeared swayed by the occupiers’ contention that they were protesting government overreach and posed no threat.
“In a sign of the high tensions throughout the trial, Ammon Bundy’s lawyer, Marcus R. Mumford, was restrained by four United States Marshals in courtroom tussle after the verdict on Thursday. He was enraged that the Bundys were not being immediately released.”
Defense attorney Marcus Mumford was not merely “restrained,” he was tased. Judging from his video interview (below) he was not enraged. He was merely asking by what authority the U.S. Marshals might continue to detain the defendants after they’d been found Not Guilty. He was reportedly surrounded by U.S. Marshals, threatened with charges of “resisting arrest,” knocked to the floor and then tased. In court.
What a circus. What a story. What a movie (I’m thinking Brad Pitt with a beard).