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Parker was attempting to tell jurors what he saw during the standoff over a barrage of objections from prosecutors, who said he was violating court orders not to talk about what happened in the run-up to the standoff.
Defense lawyers said Navarro called them to the front of the courtroom and told them Parker could testify only about what he saw during specific moments of the standoff.
As soon as Marchese resumed questioning, prosecutors intensified objections, and that’s when lawyers said Navarro halted the testimony and shut down the courtroom for the day.
Lawyers said after Navarro removed Parker from the stand, she asked them if they were prepared to call additional witnesses. Then she ordered the parties to return to court Monday morning and told jurors they could leave.
The judge left the courtroom before jurors filed out.
“We were really trying to be careful not to violate the court order,” Marchese said. “But it was very restrictive and difficult.”
One man is already serving life in prison for daring to protest while armed
to the jury.
In testimony, BLM special agents Rand Stover and Michael Johnson dramatically detailed the approach of the protesters, which included cowboys on horseback, as officers spotted guns in the crowd and on the hillside and bridge above Toquop Wash, where the government had corralled nearly 400 head of Bundy’s cattle.
“We were receiving significant information that individuals calling themselves militia members were coming into the area,” Stover said.
Added Johnson, “It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before in my law enforcement career.”
But they also had to admit that not every member of law enforcement seemed as concerned about the weapons. Nevada Highway Patrol troopers and Metro police officers were casually walking on a highway bridge not far from the alleged threats.
“I’m still confused to this day,” Johnson said of seeing the apparently relaxed troopers nearby as he crouched behind a light generator and scanned the crowd for snipers. “I don’t exactly know what they were doing.”
The case is loaded with still photographs and video taken from high altitude and at close range.
But the images cut both ways.
While photographs of each defendant carrying weapons are part of the evidence, some of the video shows the supposedly frightened and intimidated federal agents on less-than high alert.
originally posted by: Asktheanimals
It looks like the judge has gone off the rail, disallowing people to testify in their own behalf, barring and 1st or 2nd Amendment arguments from being heard, removing the jury during testimony - the Bundy retrial is becoming the worst travesty of justice yet seen in the US.
The Star Chamber was originally established to ensure the fair enforcement of laws against socially and politically prominent people so powerful that ordinary courts would probably hesitate to convict them of their crimes. However, it became synonymous with social and political oppression through the arbitrary use and abuse of the power it wielded.
In modern usage, legal or administrative bodies with strict, arbitrary rulings and secretive proceedings are sometimes called, metaphorically or poetically, star chambers. This is a pejorative term and intended to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the proceedings.
The concern is jury nullification, which is NOT a valid action, contrary to armchair consitutionalists who ignore case law on the subject.