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In early January, occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon mulled how the siege would end and what would become of them, including facing prison or dying.
What they did not anticipate was an apparent splinter group of armed occupiers ignoring their pleas and refusing to leave the remote Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Now frustration is mounting as the holdouts cloud the fate of nine former occupiers in custody, charged with conspiracy to impede federal officers. Two others were released on condition that they wear tracking devices as they await trial.
A judge has cited the continuing standoff as a major obstacle to the release of at least some of those who remain in custody.
"I can only say that it does impact everyone's chance at release," said Kohlmetz, whose client remained briefly at the refuge after state police shot one protester dead and arrested several others, including leader Ammon Bundy on Jan. 26.
From jail, Bundy asked through his attorney for the remaining occupiers to stand down, and Patrick was arrested soon after.
But the holdouts have ignored that plea, as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Oregon law enforcement continue to block access to the refuge 30 miles (48 km) from Burns in the state's rural east.
At a court hearing on Wednesday for Bundy and the other defendants, prosecutors revealed they had obtained a grand jury indictment against 16 people, including the defendants, said Bundy's attorney Mike Arnold.
originally posted by: TheForced
a reply to: Krazysh0t
This is the correct way, in a court of law, to deal with legal issues in America, especially in matters of the state versus citizens.
I am at a loss as to why this could not have been carried out in this way with Finicum instead of killing him. Now we have a judge threatening to hold the prisoners until the occupiers capitulate. Its like something out of a (really bad) western movie.
I thought the law and legal system was righteous and not based on covert blackmail.
originally posted by: Discotech
If anything it highlights the corruption within the legal system
The Judge is withholding judgement until others not currently under judgement give up
That's not how the system is supposed to work
These Judges should be fired for the crap they're trying to pull withholding their judgements as a ransom using it as a tool to try and force the 4 left to give up.
The Judges should be able to Judge on those in custody WITHOUT needing the other 4 to give up it just stinks of conspiracy.
The four holdouts are currently refusing to leave and DEMANDING that the federal government let them leave without being arrested and charged with any felonies.
originally posted by: ReadLeader
We are in the U.S.A. If they do not want to play by the rules, get the hell out... Who is in charge anyway?
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
originally posted by: Discotech
how many people have they harmed ?
Who was it who killed Lavoy Finicum ?
This isn't a zero sum contest here. They brought guns to a conflict. When you bring guns, you need to be prepared to die.