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To Judge Navarro
I can not contemplate how you can take an Oath to protect and defend the Constitution and violate it so bad.
At 17 I enlisted in the Army, July 29th 1965. I took the Oath as many of us did to defend the Constitution and to give our life if necessary to defend this country. I realise that you have never risked your life and had friends die fighting for a country that we love enough to pay any price to keep America Free.
At 18 years old on a ship named the Point Cruz my self and 26 crew Chiefs from the 11th ACR set sail from San Diego to Vietnam with our units aircraft. I contemplated how we would come back and my hope was in one piece, alive and still able to function as a normal human being. I realized that my life was in Gods hands and there was no need to waste any more time thinking about it.
I worked each day with my Brothers in Arms to insure that our aircraft were ready to fly at a moments notice, that ment all maintainence was complete, all of the guns were serviced, ammo loaded and rockets loaded, even the preflight inspection was done…all the piolet had to do was jump in and start the engines. Many times we worked until mid night to accomplish that goal…every day…no matter what the weather or the temperature and sometimes it was 130 degrees F. Not one of my Brothers ever reported for sick call. We knew how important it was that these aircraft were ready, out troops lives depended on our air support and it had to be there for them, we took our job dead serious….because it was. I had maleria and never reported for sick call until I could not get out of my cot and my two of my buddies got me to the flight surgeon and I was med evacuated out to a field hospital. I could not wait to get back with my brothers and back to the job at hand…in 21 days I came back, I left the hospital with out checking out or being released, I went to the airfield and caught a ride back to my Unit. My brothers had to work even more to maintain my aircraft while I was in the hospital. We cared deeply for each other.
In the time that the 11th Armored Cav Regiment was in Vietnam, we lost 750 men killed in action and many more than that wounded…most of the men that were killed were 19 years old. They gave up their life because they believed in supporting our Country and everything it stands for. The American Flag means a lot to those of us that have had friends die fighting for our country. I have visited Arlington Nat Cemetary many times and I always say a prayer and thank the men and women that died fighting for our freedom and the God Given Rights we have.
Judge Navarro….you and I took an Oath to the same Constitution. I can not for the life of me understand why it means so much to me…..and so little to you. Is it because you never paid any price to support this country? You never risked your life for our country? You never lost close friends that died fighting for our country? You never worked your heart out in miserable conditions, mud, dust, heat, monsoons.Never saw your wounded friends loaded on a med evac chopper and never saw them again, wondering how they were and where they were, because you were too busy doing your job and had no way of knowing what happened to them.
That experience gave me a real appreacition for life and for the freedom that we had in this country and I knew the price that young men paid when our country called.
What you are doing in the Court room is beyond my ability to comprehend. Are you doing this for Harry Reid? Are you doing this for Money? What is so important to you that you would sell your sole and dishonor your Oath to our precious Constitution? Are you feeding the prison for profit CCA system? I can not even understand how Fed Marshalls can stand in the court room and watch this attack on our Constitution without arresting you for treason. I do not know you personally nor wish you any harm….but you are violating the rights of my Brothers and threatening our very freedom. You are in a high position of public trust and you are violating the trust that we put into Federal Judges to be neutral, to be just and to see that our laws are followed….That is a sacred trust and the Oath you took is sacred to those of us that have lost friends defending our country.
We have shed blood for this Country and we will never allow tyrants to take our freedom, its not like many of us have not been willing to pay what ever price we must pay to keep this country free. never doubt this….many of us will die fighting for freedom before we ever allow any corrupt Judge to take our freedom. We respect the laws of our land and we expect our Judges to uphold their Oath to the Constitution. What you are attempting to do, for reasons that I do not understand, will never be acceptable to Vets that served this nation and we will never allow tyranny to rein in this land…not while we still breath. Our God, Our Country, our Freedom and our people are precious to us.
Judge Gloria Navarro, you are committing Fraud upon the Court. Any Judgements or sentence by you will be null and void. This case is bigger than you. I pray for your sole that you see the error of your ways because those of us that have fought for this country do not have any quit in us and we Fear No Evil…we have been down that road before. You will not win this fight, we will fight until we beat you, we do not ever quit, surrender and we will, take no prisoners. We all choose the path we go down in life….please take a hard look in the mirror, Harry Reid will shed no tears for you when you go down because you violated your Oath of office…I hope you change your ways, because we will defeat any unconstitutional acts by you or any other judge that violated their Oath….you can take that to the bank…we will never leave our brothers behind…so help me God…There is a hugh wave building up…you are waking up the sleeping Americans. We are not the sheep. Remember Lavoy Finicum….he never hesitated to give his life to draw fire away from his passengers, Lavoy had that courage and was willing to die if necessary to defend those precious to him….there are millions like him and we will defend what we love, our lives will not be sold cheap.
John Hackett…..just one of millions that feel the same way…..
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At the last Portland Oregon Trial, when seven of our Patriot Political Prisoners were acquitted of all charges by the Jury, the Impeachment petition for Federal Judge Anna Brown, produced by Matthew Deatherage, REALLY HELPED IN COURT. It left a impression on the Jury.
Please sign this petition, AND SHARE IT, to impeach this Constitutionally TREASONOUS Federal Judge Gloria M. Navarro.
U.S. House of Representatives: Impeach Judge Gloria M. Navarro – Sign the Petition!
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To My Patriot friends and Brothers…Judge Anna Brown may think she can subvert the Constitution and screw our men to the wall….there is a time and place to d…raw a line…and that time is fast coming. She needs to know that we will not allow her to trash our Constitution and the Constitution guarentees our men a JURY trial, we will accept nothing less. When a Judge will not respect our laws…and the Constitution is our law….we will not respect her or her decisions…This will not stand. She will be held accountable for her violations of the Constitution, we will not allow our men to be perscuted by a Judge that has lost all respect for our Constitution. I took the Oath on 29 July 1965 to Protect and Defend the Constitution…and I will do just that…This we will defend….Judge Anna Browns violations of the Constitution is just simply unacceptable to those of us that love this country and our Countrymen…we will not allow this to happen, she is not above the law and she will be held accountable for her transgrations of our Constitution. Our Constitution is only as good as our will to defend it…I will defend it with my last breath and I will stand up for these men that are being craped upon….enough is enough…This is our Country and I will be damed if I do not have the courage to defend this country and what we stand for, we must not, can not and will not allow our forfathers to have died for nothing. They had the honor to fight for our country and give their lives for it…I will go to my grave before I will see my brothers destroyed by a dishonest, bias, Obama appointed, corrupt and Unconstitutional Judge that thinks she is a tyrant. If we do not stand for liberty and Justice for ALL…we stand for nothing…..Tyranny is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Our Justice system has lost all respect….we need to look at every prisioner and see if they actually belong in prison..if there is no victim…there is no crime….this whole system needs to be turned inside out and every Unconstitutional, Politically motivated, corrupt Judge, or Prosecutor ….needs to be held accountable for violating our laws. Trump will need our help to get this done…he can not do it alone….but it needs to be done….and soon. This prison for profit system is corrupt beyond the comprehension of most people bevcause they have no idea what goes on inside this system and that the system must be fed to make a profit….sorry…but we are not your slaves and we are not the sheep….your reign is coming to an end….
Excitement in the Courtroom – Malheur 7 – Redoubt News
Quite a bit of excitement in court today. It began with Judge Anna Brown getting upset with Marcus Mumford, Ammon Bundy’s attorney, for being the last one inside the courtroom this morning. He was not very far behind everyone else, however, Judge Brown decided to threaten him with fines if he was late in the future.
Judge Anna Brown, Photo: OregonLive
Though testimony had been offered to the jury concerning two guys describing themselves as ‘Navy Seals’ and possibly doing damage to the Malheur Refuge, Judge Brown has ruled that no one else can testify about them because it is ‘irrelevant.’
Another ruling that Judge Brown ruled poorly on was concerning Governor Kate Brown. She stated that the prosecution can stipulate that Gov. Brown received the written “Redress of Grievances” and did not respond to it, but, she will not allow anyone to testify why she did not respond. She claims that the reasons for her non-response are outside the scope of this trial.
The fact is, the reason she did not respond is exactly On Point. The Governor made a statement on January 20th that included, “They asked state officials, including me, to limit responses.” Ammon also testified that the only reason they considered alternate ideas, including taking a hard stand at the Refuge, was solely because they were not getting responses. The FBI was controlling the narrative and pushing the protesters into reactions.
Some of the witnesses today included Dr. Michelle Guyton, a forensic psychologist, discussing her diagnosis of David Fry. She met with him on at least three occasions and diagnosed him with schizotypal personality disorder. She testified that David does not suffer from delusions, however, he did have a premonition that LaVoy Finicum would not survive this protest and David wanted to meet him before anything happened.
Terri Linnell, whom those at the refuge knew as “Momma Bear” testified today. She admitted to being a paid informant for the FBI, in which she was paid $3,000 plus expenses to go to the refuge and report on several people plus any illegal activities. She was very clear that she saw nothing illegal and the FBI could not use any information that she gave them.
Linnell also testified that Shawna Cox did not act in a manner of leadership, merely as an “administrative assistant” keeping things organized. She was asked about reporting on children being at the Refuge during cross examination. Linnell stated that she was concerned because they were not at school.
The prosecution also tried to infer things such as reports that “Sovereigns” were at the refuge. Linnell testified that she was concerned about them wanting to authorize others to become U.S. marshals. The prosecution also said that she reported that she heard people at the refuge taking over another federal facility in Burns. Linnell was confused and said she didn’t know what report they were talking about.
Angela Bundy, Ryan’s wife, took the stand next. Ryan was very choked up and needed a few minutes to compose himself before questioning her. There was a moment of levity for the entire courtroom, including the jury, when Ryan asked Angie if they had been married just shy of 19 years. “Just shy of 18 years” she responded. The laughter that ensued was too much for Judge Brown, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please.”
Angie made it clear that Ryan had not intended to stay later than Monday, January 4th when he came to Burns. She stated that she packed just one change of clothes for him and he had no winter gear. However, Ryan did go home to visit in the middle of January. He was free to come and go, just like everyone else.
Vicky Davis testified about a visit she made to Malheur in which she saw a Refuge employee on site talking with protesters and getting into a US Fish and Wildlife vehicle.
Sheila Dutton, cousin to Shawna Cox, testified to accompanying Shawna to the refuge for the rally, which she called a “walk around the block.” She was clear that Shawna had planned to be home the next day in time for church services.
Janna Lee Tobias was describes as a “Tree Hugger and 2nd Amendment advocate” by Lisa Maxwell, Neil Wampler’s attorney. Tobias testified that she traveled to the refuge to discuss with Ammon the perception of “Ugly Guns” being aggressive. She suggested those at the refuge keep them out of public view.
A most interesting witness was Rodney Cooper. Cooper is Sheriff David Ward’s cousin. He went to Burns specifically to talk to his cousin about being a ‘Constitutional Sheriff.’ He reported that, due to the barricades around the courthouse, he had trouble getting into see Ward.
However, when he did talk to him, Ward was very clear that he never felt threatened by Ammon Bundy or anyone else. Ward told Cooper that he agreed with about 90% of what the Bundy’s were doing and, under other circumstances, he could have been friends with Ammon.
Matthew Deatherage, of Coos Bay, OR, testified on the time he spent at the Refuge. He viewed the Hammonds as “neighbors in need” and described them as being violated by the government. He came to Burns after seeing a video of Ammon saying “Leave your guns at home” and come make a stand.
The prosecution tried to attack Deatherage on cross examination, and Judge Brown let most of it through. All the objections were overruled. The prosecution was most interested in a petition that Matthew had started this week on change.org, attempting to gain support for an impeachment of Judge Anna Brown. Deatherage stood his ground and complained of her bias against the defense and how the Constitution was banned in her courtroom.
This brought a hailstorm of comments throughout the afternoon, including from Ryan Bundy complaining to Judge Brown how she is not allowing the truth to be presented to the jury. “Our very lives are on the line here,” Ryan said. “The truth is being blocked!”
When Ryan stated that “The scales of justice are not balanced” Judge Brown came back with “I’m sorry you don’t agree with the ruling. It is what it is.”
Kenneth Medenbach testified later to his decades-long activism against the Federal land grab. Medenbach got in several details about various aspects, including how the Supreme Court has misinterpreted the property clause in the Constitution. Judge Brown finally had to state to his attorney, Matthew Schindler, that under Rule 403, “I am directing you to avoid this much detail.”
Medenbach made powerful statements on the stand, including “Like the Bundy’s, I have been called by a higher power to do what I am doing.” He also explained of how the Constitution is being ‘perverted by the courts.’
Overall, Kenneth got more information to the jury than anyone expected. I attribute this to the testimony of Matthew Deatherage, and his calling out the Judge for her bias. Happening just before Medenbach took the stand, I think Brown was not on her game and let a few more things slip past her.
All the better for the defense, but the prosecution has now determined they will be presenting a rebuttal case when the defense rests.
Judge Anna J. Brown’s War on the Constitution – Redoubt News
Defendants in Oregon’s Malheur Refuge Occupation case have been imprisoned and charged with a multitude of high crimes and misdemeanors by federal and state agents. As the wheels of justice slowly grind, they find their most formidable foe may not be the FBI, embedded informants or a biased press – but their judge.
Anna J. Brown is a US District judge in the state of Oregon, appointed by Bill Clinton. She was sent to supervise the mass trial of virtually all the Malheur Refuge Occupation defendants (originally 26). Seven are currently being tried as a group. It quickly became clear why she was chosen, as well as given a great deal of latitude and scope of power. Brown appears to been exhibiting an extreme bias against the defendants and an almost slobbering largess toward the prosecution. So open is her bias, that virtually every observer is aware of it by now.
Possibly the most egregious of Brown’s many instances of injustice is her micromanagement and hostility during defense testimony. She is continuously speaking, leading, countering, cutting, and blocking the defense. One observer told me she had counted 89 objections from the prosecution (interrupting Ammon Bundy’s testimony) in only one morning session. “Brown sustained [allowed] all of them but eight” she marveled. Conversely, defense attorneys rarely objected. When they did, they were generally ignored, while the prosecution continued merrily along.
The US Constitution is taboo in Judge Anna J. Brown’s courtroom. Even sidewalks surrounding the federal building where people are threatened with arrest for passing out copies. It seems to cause hysterical reactions. The jurist flat-out blocked any portion of the Constitution to be read or recited on several occasions, which brought audible gasps of disbelief from the gallery. Even reference to the Constitution, as well mentioning specific Oregon laws (which defendants are charged with breaking), is discouraged.
Brown orders them to consider all references to the document solely as a matter of the “state of mind” of the defendants, as if it inspired criminal acts. Inference that the defendants share mental problems stemming from belief in the powers of the Constitution, comes across loud and clear. Since many of the defendants base their actions and motivations on the Constitution, their defense is effectively knocked out at first base.
But Brown doesn’t stop her censorship with only the Constitution. Malheur defendants are denied everything from witnesses to time. The lengthy prosecution case against them went on without a hitch and no complaints from Anna J. Brown. Now the judge is in a rush, reminding Ammon Bundy’s lawyers Marcus Mumford and J. Morgan Philpot, of all the time their client wastes while they attempt to put up a defense. Bundy has been charged with numerous crimes and would be expected to address them all.
Some witnesses for the defense fared better than others. The Rev. Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham) took the stand to testify for the defendants on September 29, 2016. He wasn’t interrupted or threatened, undoubtedly due to his celebrity status. Graham praised the non-violent nature of the last remaining four occupiers at the Refuge and convinced them to leave. The evangelist also described defendants’ terror and his personal fears for their safety at the hands of the government.
Political machinations were evident early on. On July 15, 2016, months before the actual trial, Brown ruled that Ammon Bundy and the others were not allowed to discuss any number of things that occurred, before, after, or during the occupation. Specifically, they denied pretrial evidence of FBI agents who had [falsely] claimed to be militia with the occupation. Caught in the act of ratcheting up conflict and fear in Burns, Oregon, the FBI was instrumental and possibly took the lead in killing spokesman LaVoy Finicum. It is reported that the DOJ is currently investigating this. The apparent murder of LaVoy Finicum at what is euphemistically labeled a “traffic stop” is the other forbidden subject in Brown’s court. His name alone sends prosecutors into reactionary objections. On September, 23, 2016, Brown threatened Mumford with $1000 fines and “contempt of court” citations for each mention of LaVoy, including testimony on the government informant driving Ammon Bundy’s car during the fatal ambush.
Brown insists LaVoy’s death is not “related to the refuge occupation” although his actions there are clearly the reason he is dead. Also, FBI malfeasance is a reasonable defense for several defendants, who claim they remained at Malheur for fear of being gunned down. As occupation spokesman, LaVoy was present in several scenarios of which defendants are required to testify, but are hamstrung by inability to refer to him by name. Brown’s arbitrary restrictions are especially onerous, since prosecution made it clear that “intention” of occupiers is central to whether they are considered to have committed crimes.
Since then, Brown routinely changes rules and instructions to the jury, mid-stream. Mumford challenged her jury instructions to disregard his objections over tagging defendants “terrorists.” This was in discussion over the imprisoned Oregon ranch family, the Hammonds, who are being charged under the “Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.” Early on, the Malheur group were labeled “militia” or “terrorists” in legal communications and by much of the press. None of this has been substantiated. Some Malheur occupiers/visitors were unarmed and others are even members of religions believing in pacifism. Defendants are “using the term [terrorist] improperly,” Brown instructed, as she is apparently an authority on linguistics.
At this point Mumford charged the court with “taking sides” and accused Brown with not allowing him to present evidence. Perhaps running out of rationalizations, Brown claimed to then be “threatened” by Mumford, as she apparently interprets questions over legal matters as menacing.
Government is allowed to enter all exhibits, data, video or witnesses, from any place, any source or time. Defendants are given no such latitude. Brown denied them discussing the killing of their spokesman LaVoy, because it didn’t happen on Refuge grounds, but a few miles down the road. Attorney Mumford risks the rage of Brown as he obliquely slips his points into questions, such as how close police were when they “shot Finicum three times in the back” on January, 26, 2016.
Restrictions on defense access to prosecution evidence in discovery and later was so extreme that Ammon Bundy’s original lawyer, Mike Arnold, resorted to crowd sourcing and social media appeals to gain the evidence refused him in court. This only led to censoring by the Oregon State Bar and his resignation from the case.
Presenting defendants as rational actors is paramount to defense because occupiers and supporters are portrayed as terrorists and right-wing zealots. But they have friends in high places. Donald Trump wrote a scathing opinion piece in the Reno Gazette Journal during the occupation in January, 26, 2016. “How is it that we have a president. . .who encourages faceless, nameless bureaucrats to manage public lands as if the millions of acres were owned by agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Energy?” Trump asked. He also noted the “draconian rule of the BLM” in damaging local economies. All are subjects defendants are not allowed to bring up for various pretexts.
Defense was not allowed to play several videos. One was of Senator Harry Reid calling the original ranch protesters in Nevada “domestic terrorists” in 2014. Reid’s insult seems to have inspired the FBI and Homeland Security to become heavily involved in ranch and farm land disputes. They’ve also borrowed his terminology. Current Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Neil Kornze was previously a Reid aide. He was appointed almost to the day that the original “Bunkerville” land dispute began in Nevada in April, 2014. Only a coincidence. Another banned video, backed defendant Jeff Banta’s declared purpose for his visit to the Refuge. The video was made in 2012 of BLM initiated fires in French Glen, Oregon (BLM is one of chief plaintiffs.) The BLM fires raged out of control, consuming farms, livestock and a home. For making controlled burns, ranchers are currently imprisoned with serious charges. This BLM policy and government prosecution since 1989 was one of the major motivations for the Malheur occupiers. Ironically BLM is lodging suits against the ranchers in civil court as well and have first claim privileges against their ranches. BLM signs are up on Bundy land at this time. The Hammonds previously sued and won cases against the BLM, and there is bad blood between the agency and many ranchers and farmers in Western states.
According to several defendants, their central purpose was to force court battles over the government’s procurement and property rights of the Malheur Refuge and other federal properties. Proximate cause of the occupation was the re-imprisonment of the Hammonds: Dwight (74) and son Steven (46). This came after they served time, had already released and for the same crime. Judge Brown barred defense lawyers from bringing up any questions over “who owns the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge” even as she instructed the jury seek to understand the “state of mind” and motivation of the seven current defendants.
Defense objected to the presence of FBI agent Ronnie Walker in the courtroom as an observer, although he was on the prosecution witness list. When this was brought up to Brown, she failed to remove him, although no other witnesses are allowed to watch court proceedings. This is a general rule from official US Department of Justice materials, but apparently not required in Judge Brown’s court.
Michele Fiore, a defense witness and Nevada Assemblywoman, refused to be intimidated by Brown on October 6, 2016. Fiore visited the Refuge in January, 2016, as a representative of the Coalition of Western States (C.O.W.S.). Fiore claimed that she determined “through Oregon officials” that “no laws were being broken” at the Refuge. Brown berated Fiore, ordering her to “stop making statements before the jurors and interpreting law.” Although Fiore is a lawmaker and Brown is not, Fiore’s statements are only “her opinion” Brown insisted. The Assemblywoman made a dramatic turn when she defied Judge Brown and passionately spoke of the “murder of LaVoy Finicum.”
The farcical nature is almost comical, if not for the high stakes. A federal court is making a case their agencies may confiscate private land, deny speech and assembly, challenge gun rights, control local police, supplant state and county laws and terrorize people while imputing it to targeted groups. It’s a big deal with surprising little publicity, although it is picking up steam. Early on, there were surprisingly few observers at the trial and this is no accident either.
A remarkable small chamber was used for this titanic trial. Defendants are allowed only two seats each for family or supporters. The public gallery is tiny, requiring observers and media to queue up an hour or so in advance for a chance at a seat. A larger public overflow area is available via video, but even that is threatened with closure at times and it is apparent the state resents public observation.
In one of Judge Brown’s more monomaniacal declarations, the gallery folk forgot themselves and snickered after a sarcastic remark by Ammon Bundy. An agent ordered silence, warning the possible loss of viewing privileges. Brown declared her ire over such offenses as “page turning”, throat clearing or clicking pens. Yet Brown jokes around on the stand and not only allows the courtroom a chuckle, but appears to enjoy it.
Brown’s delusions of grandeur in her little Federal fiefdom are growing as this case waxes on. Sometimes she forgets there are witnesses and appears to be losing control. On Oct 4th, while defense questioned Chris Briels, Brown suddenly exclaimed “sustained.” But there had been no objections. Rather than recuse herself or allow a mistrial, Brown rationalized her erratic behaviour and continued her dogged work for the prosecution. “I’m not going to let the witness speculate” she insisted as an excuse. The sheer autocratic attitude of the woman and her aversion to civil rights is spectacular. Brown appears a perfect face of the contempt some of these Federal agencies have for the people they are prosecuting.
Ammon Bundy’s attorneys are seeking a postponement until there is a ruling on appeals over Brown’s inconsistencies, and asserted mistreatment of their client in jail. They claim Bundy is malnourished and not being allowed access to materials to prepare for his defense, such as the internet. Their requests have been disregarded, which are becoming a theme in this courtroom. The Judge Anna J. Brown show goes on.
US District Court, Portland, OR. / Interviews with other observers and witnesses
Judge Anna Brown Drops Her Mask – Redoubt News
The Malheur Protest Trial has been going well for the defense, as the witnesses all confirm the transparent and safe atmosphere the protesters encouraged. This must be angering the Judge because she took a decided twist in her handling of the trial today.
Jeff Banta testified last week about how he arrived at the Refuge on January 25th, just one day before LaVoy Finicum was murdered at an illegal Deadman’s roadblock orchestrated by the FBI and Oregon State Police (OSP). His testimony included discussion of a video he had seen online that prompted him to get involved.
The video was made by John Witzel of French Glen, Oregon. The video shows the ‘Miller Homestead Fire’ of 2012 in which the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) started multiple blazes that caused damage to property and livestock.
Here is the video:
After allowing the prosecution leeway in their video selection, including watching several people target practice, the video that was so compelling to Jeff Banta was not to be allowed. Judge Brown decided that this video would be too confusing for the jury. She allowed Witzel to come in and describe a few parts of his video, but that was all.
The defense asked to play a video of Senator Harry Reid calling the Bunkerville Patriots “Domestic Terrorists”. Judge Brown told the defense that Ammon Bundy can say what he wants, but we don’t need videos. So, this one was out as well.
Another issue at hand today had Judge Brown refusing to deal with the issue of FBI Agent Ronnie Walker sitting in the courtroom from day 1 even though he was on the prosecution witness list. She blamed that problem on the attorneys and refused to admit that the buck stops with her. She is completely responsible for this breach, and I certainly hope at least one defense attorney files for a mistrial based on this blatant favoritism.
Judge Brown is well known to be favoring the prosecution, but has completely ripped off her mask and stopped pretending to be fair in this trial. She has threatened the defense if they bring up the truth of the FBI lying and covering up their part in the murder of LaVoy Finicum. She has not allowed crucial evidence, but has allowed the prosecution it’s grandstanding.
Marcus Mumford put forth a very good argument on this subject today when Brown decided to change some jury instructions out of the blue. She said that the defense was misusing the word ‘terrorist’ when it came to discussion of the Hammonds being prosecuted under the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. “The defendants are using the term improperly,” she stated.
When Mumford challenged her need to change the jury instructions, he states that the “court is taking sides against the defense.” She completely ignored his argument and did not even bother to address it.
This fit with the rest of the day and how many objections the prosecution could jump up and make. She sustained nearly all of them. However, she was so wrapped up in helping the prosecution that at one point she even sustained an objection that was not made.
During the questioning of Chris Briels, Brown burst out and said “Objection Sustained!” When she realized that no one had made an objection, she then said, “Oh, there was no objection, but I am going to sustain it anyway. I am not going to let the witness speculate.”
This is what the defendants are dealing with. The public audience is on to her as well, as she has noticed. She has threatened the public in the gallery with expulsion for making any noise whatsoever, even turning a page in a notebook. If she hears a pen click or a page turn she will have everyone removed.
The stress of this trial could be proving to be too much for Judge Brown. I think she needs a vacation. I know I do.