Bundy Bunch Update: Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Major Incident Team Investigative Report

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Yesterday the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Major Incident Team released their 360 page report into the shooting death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum by the Oregon State Police. Apparently this is not the entirety of the investigative record. Les Zaitz has reported that the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesman has indicated that more material will be released as redaction work is completed. The entire report is below:

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The report includes forensics diagrams and photos, as well as interviews with law enforcement personnel. Some of the most interesting details were law enforcement’s concerns that militia supporters of the Bundys had infiltrated into Burns and other Oregon municipalities and created a unique type of threat as they appeared to be locals or tourists going about their daily lives. There was also concern with the rhetoric used by the Bundys, Finicum, and the other leaders and outspoken members of the standoff. Law enforcement recognized the passive-aggressive nature of the rhetoric that both asked law enforcement to come and assist them in their peaceful and lawful stand for the(ir interpretation of the Constitution) and simultaneously threatened the use of force and violence against anyone, including law enforcement, that disagreed with them and attempted to stop the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. There was also concerns expressed about infiltration in Grant County, specifically collusion between Sheriff Palmer and the leaders of the standoff.

The Oregonian also has an interesting article into the investigation of the FBI’s HRT as a result of a team member taking two shots at LaVoy Finicum and not reporting that he had done so.*

And in what is sure to make LAO happy, a sovereign citizen tried to intervene in the Bundy Case by filing a motion with the Federal Court. The judge issued an order throwing out the motion.

Finally, High Country News has an excellent piece of long form journalism on Federal law enforcement’s move to bring the Bundys and their supporters to justice after two years.

* Full disclosure: Professor Brian Levin, quoted in the article, is an old friend of mine. We have been on panels together at meetings of the American Society of Criminology.






122 replies
  1. 1
    Linda Featheringill says:

    Individuals are not sovereign. States are not sovereign [as shown in the middle of the 19th Century]. Nations are sovereign. Kings were sometimes referred to as sovereign and since they were a law unto themselves, I guess they were. But not today, folks.

    ETA: First!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    I always assume that “sovereign citizen” in this usage better translates as, You’re not the boss of me, mommy!

  3. 3
    LAO says:

    I’m always happy when I get my fix!

  4. 4
    debbie says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    But, but the Declaration of Independence guarantees their sovereignty!

  5. 5
    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Mnemosyne: I guess they’re closely related to libertarians.

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    Technocrat says:

    something-something Maritime Law!

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    kindness says:

    Elsewhere across the intertubes today I saw several people kvetching that it took 2 years to file anything against Cliven Bundy. I understand the frustrations but am more happy the lunatic is finally where he belongs.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA:

    It took you this long to figure that out? They even had pot at the refuge, which probably explains why they spent so much time begging the public to send them snack food.

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    Soylent Green says:

    “Just shoot me. You’re gonna have to shoot me.”

    It’s an amazing time we live in, when armed outlaws evading a felony traffic stop document the whole thing for us on their cellphones. Thanks, Shawna, good job.

    It’s clear from the testimony how nervous all the LEOs were leading up to the arrest about the threat they were facing — wondering if some militia lunatic would gun them down while they were going about their day-to-day business in Burns. So they wore civilian clothing and were very careful about their movements. For weeks the occupiers and their supporters kept crowing to the press and online how much they would like to kill some LEOs. This fear carried over to the actual takedown when the state police and FBI had every reason to believe they would be fired upon.

    News to me was that one of the guys shot at the truck as it came toward them at high speed.

    It’s also interesting that they gave up their preferred site in Grant County and moved it south to Harney at the last minute because they thought Sheriff Palmer might interfere with the operation.

    Justice won’t be served until Palmer no longer has a job in law enforcement. Is anybody doing anything about all the other “constitutional sheriffs” out there who don’t respect the federal authorities?

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Technocrat: Pay attention to the gold fringe.

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    LAO says:

    As I read the transcripts of the post shooting investigation, I feel a level of sympathy for these Oregon state police. (Which is unusual and uncomfortable for me). When their identities are revealed, these insane “patriots” will hound them forever.

    Eta: I’m never heard the term “the less lethal” before. Going to try to work it into my everyday conversation.

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    elftx says:

    “Letter of Intervention”..that is so funny! Cliven does not recognize the Federal Court in NV. Utah is setting money aside so they can sue to have federal lands turned over to the state. Hopefully they will also cite that section of the Constitooooshun Bundy and the rest profess to understand.
    Once again thanks for keeping us all posted on this..yep I’m addicted!

  13. 13
    dmsilev says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Under President Trump, _all_ American flags will be required to have a huge and classy gold fringing.

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    oz29 says:

    @Technocrat: I clerked for a trial-level judge who practiced Admiralty Law almost exclusively before moving to the bench. The closest I ever saw him come to losing his temper (in court) was when some clown who was being sued by Capital One started the “maritime law” nonsense.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @dmsilev: I’m sure it will spell out TRUMP.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    Fights currently breaking out at Trump rally. Big protest.

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    bemused says:

    @Felonius Monk:

    CNN says rally is cancelled.

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    oz29 says:

    Interesting that Mr. O’Hagan cited FRCP. They usually rely on the UCC as their go to authority for all legal matters.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @bemused: There is about 10,000 people in the arena. Security people have left. Lots of fights.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Soylent Green: Palmer is under investigation and will likely lose in the next election. I read somewhere that Oregon, at the state level, (and maybe a couple of other states) has begun looking into the “Constitutional sheriffs and peace officers” movement. The events at the wildlife refuge have brought that out in a way that didn’t exist when it was just the retired guy from Arizona handing out awards, issuing press releases, and these types of sheriffs stating that they will fully uphold the 2nd Amendment.

  21. 21
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Felonius Monk:

    CNN sez “Trump Rally in Chicago Postponed Amid Scurity Concerns.”

    ETA: Home to roost, chickens, coming

  22. 22
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @oz29: Just so everyone is clear, admiralty law and maritime law are not the same thing. I know you were all wondering about that.

    Also, neither one has anything whatsoever to do with these sovereign citizens. But you probably figured that out already.

    But I did have a ship arrested once, so that was kind of cool.

  23. 23
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Felonius Monk:

    Security people have left.

    Sorry, but isn’t that kind of the opposite of what security people are supposed to do when trouble erupts?

  24. 24
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA:

    I guess they’re closely related to libertarians.

    As in equally stupid? Seems likely!

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    @bemused: Twitter is full of posts from the rally.

    All politicians get protesters so one has to assume Trump has mishandled this. He was scornful of Sanders inviting BLM protesters on stage to speak.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: The issue with it is it really should be less than and up to lethal. The term, both in the military and law enforcement, used to be non-lethal. In fact the US Marine Corps is still the Joint Force Modernization Proponent for non-lethal operations, which covers both the weapons systems and how to best utilize them.

    The reality, however, is that the less than lethal weapons systems can be lethal under certain circumstances. Tasers can kill. As can rubber (coated) bullets. Even a bean bag round, if it hits the right place and that right angle can kill. Are they useful tools? Sure, but they’re tools and while they’re designed and intended to be less than lethal, that isn’t always the case.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    admiralty law and maritime law are not the same thing

    “I thought so little
    They rewarded me
    By making me the ruler
    Of the Queen’s Navee!”

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    And in what is sure to make LAO happy, a sovereign citizen tried to intervene in the Bundy Case by filing a motion with the Federal Court. The judge issued an order throwing out the motion.

    Did he sign the pleadings in his upper case name or his lower case name? Because that makes a huge difference in whether the court accepts these filings.

    No, not really. They’re nuts.

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    CaseyL says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    But I did have a ship arrested once, so that was kind of cool.

    Very cool, I agree!.

    Must ask: how does one arrest a ship, exactly?

    With a really, really big net?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steve in the ATL: what if the sovereign citizen lives on a house boat or has a boat?

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    oz29 says:

    @Adam L Silverman: The CSPOA must be feeling some pushback, because I notice their list of sympathizers is greatly reduced since their site redesign. A sheriff I am acquainted with used to be listed on their website as a “sheriff saying no to Obama gun control.” I pointed this out to him (and the county’s prosecutor) and he said he was absolutely not affiliated with the organization. His name is no longer listed.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Even a bean bag round, if it hits the right place and that right angle can kill.

    Yes, we all learned about the plaintiff with the eggshell skull back in law school.

    In semi-related news, we actually had a brief discussion of the Palsgraf case at work yesterday!

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Talking to the kid once, I mentioned libertarians, she replied, “Oh they’re idiots”.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @oz29: That doesn’t surprise me that people with no actual affiliation were being listed as affiliated. My guess is that Mack sent letters or emails to every sheriff he could get an address for. Anyone who answered yes he included. Everyone who didn’t answer at all he also included. It was only the sheriffs that actually said no that he didn’t include.

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    LAO says:

    @Adam L Silverman: So today in court, I did not go full metal Bundy but did engage in a spirited discussion about sovcit with co-counsel and the government. About 5 years ago, one of the defense attorneys was required to act as standby counsel for a pro-se sovereign citizen. It was, he described, the longest 4 days of his life. (Should have been a 1 day trial). I joke about this stuff because that’s my nature but between these yahoos and Trump supports, I’m being to feel a bit frayed.

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    oz29 says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Also, hyphenating one’s name (i.e. JOHN-QUINCY-DOE) is greatly significant, for some reason I never cared about.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I was actually thinking a shot to the sternum, but sure back of the skull would work too.

    As for Palsgraf that’s awfully obscure. I’m almost afraid to find out what prompted that discussion.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Currently following violence at Trump rally. So bad they canceled the event.

  40. 40
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @CaseyL: Giant handcuffs. Or, in the alternative, an order from a federal judge (don’t tell anyone, but I used a magistrate, not the Article III judge!).

    Funny situation. The ship was from Yugoslavia and docked at the port in Savannah. They didn’t pay their bill so we (the Georgia Ports Authority, by and through its esteemed counsel) had the ship arrested.

    A couple of days later, Yugoslavia ceased to exist. I went back to the judge and asked him to release the ship as they would never be able to pay their bill.

    I still have an involuntary twitch when I see maps of that part of Europe….

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: I can just see it: “Excuse me your Honor, but if it pleases the Court, would we take a few minutes to discuss sovereign citizen stuff? You see, I’ve developed something of an addiction to the two Bundy cases and I can’t get to my favorite website to see if the guy who consults on defense stuff posted an update. Thanks.”

  42. 42
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Culture of Truth: Here’s a link to a local Chicago news feed.

  43. 43
    Elizabelle says:

    @Culture of Truth:

    Just got in and see that.

    Any chance some of this is Brooks Brothers rioting ratf*cking?? They want to take Trump out, badly.

    Or however they can.

  44. 44
    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Missing link?

  45. 45
    LAO says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Not sure I you know who Jack Weinstein is, but one does not fck around in his courtroom. Discussion held before he took the bench. He’s a gddmn institution.

  46. 46
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA:

    Talking to the kid once, I mentioned libertarians, she replied, “Oh they’re idiots”.

    Smart kid!

    @Adam L Silverman: You don’t want to know. If you have read the opinion, which was a rite of passage in law school, the first part where the judge lays out the facts is a work of art. In the second part, though, the legal reasoning is muddled as hell. It’s as if the opinion was written by a schizophrenic clerk. Or a clerk who got drunker as he was writing.

  47. 47
    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Those Trump supporters sound like they could have pulled from a George Wallace rally circa 1968.

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    LAO says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    A couple of days later, Yugoslavia ceased to exist. I went back to the judge and asked him to release the ship as they would never be able to pay their bill.

    Betcha didn’t see that one coming. Lol

  49. 49
    Adam L Silverman says:

    I just put up a live stream/feed to what’s happening in Chicago.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: I’ve heard of him. I taught Criminology, and was the graduate/undergraduate core curriculum coordinator at Long Island University for a year. I resigned and went to work for the Army on the assignment that would take me to Iraq.

  52. 52
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steve in the ATL: 1929 and Long Island, most likely a clerk who was drinking!

  53. 53
    Felonius Monk says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    isn’t that kind of the opposite of what security people are supposed to do when trouble erupts?

    It is in my book. Watching CNN, it looked like they all ran out and the a few minutes later the real cops came in.

    Democracy is a messy business.

  54. 54
    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Elizabelle: I don’t know about the Brooks Brothers angle, but I do know that Chicago is a very ethnically diverse city, with many immigrants from all around the globe. The student population of UIC reflects that diversity and is filled with first-generation students from immigrant families. Plus, it’s only a few blocks away from Pilsen, a huge Mexican neighborhood. Traditionally AA neighborhoods are also in hailing distance. So strong feelings about Trump’s incendiary presence are to be expected.

  55. 55
    LAO says:

    Oh, and I read somewhere, that one of these yahoos declined representation based on his sincerely held religious beliefs. Let’s break that down – Jesus told him not to have a lawyer defend him against criminal charges in federal court. I’m Jewish, so I’m confused. Is this covered in the New Testament? Book of Mormon?

  56. 56
    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Thanks!

  57. 57
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Their, ideological at least, children and grandchildren. The worst thing Trump could’ve done was cancel it. The best thing would have been to come out and demonstrate real leadership, call on his supporters to set a proper example, and done his thing. He’s going to be able to play martyr off of this for weeks.

  58. 58
    LAO says:

    @Adam L Silverman: my sarcasm was missed. He’s a great judge, especially at sentencing. I am seriously afraid of him though.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @O. Felix Culpa:

    So strong feelings about Trump’s incendiary presence are to be expected.

    Sounds like the wrong venue for a Trump rally. Unless, of course, incitement was the whole purpose.

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    kindness says:

    @Elizabelle: wait till the convention. Then they can blame it on Hillary.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: That’s Sokovia. Wrong part of Eastern Europe.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S580OGEJ5Y

  62. 62
    LAO says:

    @Felonius Monk: I thought the same thing. He sees a value in roughing up protesters. It is a feature , not a bug.

  63. 63
    Felonius Monk says:

    @LAO:

    Is this covered in the New Testament? Book of Mormon?

    Book of Moron, actually. A special book in the Bible for the Terminally Stupid.

  64. 64
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Felonius Monk: Those were probably his own paid, contract security. They weren’t Chicago PD or UIC PD. They created a self fulfilling prophecy.

  65. 65
    LAO says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I can’t believe it, but I still haven’t seen age of ultran. I’m outted as a “non geek”

  66. 66
    Steve from Antioch says:

    I encourage everyone to get over to Lavoy Finicums website and buy your “Libery” bumper stickers before they are all gone…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: Neither. Its in the special ink edition of the Constitution along with the stuff about Sheriffs and land rights.

  68. 68
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Those were probably his own paid, contract security.

    Pinkerton’s?

  69. 69
    LAO says:

    @Felonius Monk:

    Book of Moron, actually. A special book in the Bible for the Terminally Stupid.

    If I attributed it to you, can I use this line!!!!!

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    kindness says:

    Oh Adam…Real leadership??? Come on now.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: I didn’t take what you said about him in a bad way.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @LAO: I don’t remember where or how I first learned about Judge Weinstein but, yes, he runs a strict court room and you don’t piss him off. (I worked in the Public Utilities departments of Leboeuf Lamb Libey and MacRae for 4 years.)

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: I enjoyed it, but I enjoy most movies based on comic books because I just keep in mind they’re based on comic books.

  74. 74
    LAO says:

    @PurpleGirl: I once saw him make an ausa cry. I thought it was really funny until I realized I was a non-moving target as well.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @efgoldman:

    @CaseyL: Giant handcuffs. Or, in the alternative, an order from a federal judge

    That joke has already been made. Off my corner, ho!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I have no idea who he uses. Though there have been several articles this past week about them going plain clothes to do intel and profiling on the people at his rallies and events.

    http://www.esquire.com/news-po.....y-fascism/

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @LAO: He’s 94 years old. Right?

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    oz29 says:

    @LAO: I’m not sure what the reason is in that specific case, but I have heard people decline appointed counsel based on the beliefs that (1) Bar Associations are somehow an unconstitutional creation, thus membership in the Bar is unconstitutional (some Mormons believe the Constitution is divinely inspired); (2) membership in the Bar requires lawyers to be atheists.

  79. 79
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I was making a joke. Pinkerton’s are the guys that industrialists used to hire to beat up unionists and protesters, and probably whatever hippies were called in the 1800’s.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @LAO: It’s all yours, with or without attribution. :-)

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @oz29: Good lord. What about bar associations violates the Constitution? Do they realize that not every aspect of life is defined and regulated in that one document?

    Rhetorical questions, obviously.

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    LAO says:

    @Felonius Monk: yes. But he remains spry.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @efgoldman:

    Are they autographing and selling the dildos and lube to pay for their defense?

    You forgot to add “Asking for a friend”

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I know who they are. They have the worst terrorism data set on the planet. Which, of course, got used by the guy at U Maryland who never studied terrorism until he talked them into giving him the data set, to build the DHS funded Center for the Social Behavioral Study of Terrorism. He also wrote the RFP for DHS for that center funding, then leaked it to himself early. Also, he plagiarized part of my doctoral dissertation.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @efgoldman: Watching too many movies based on comic books.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @efgoldman:

    Are they autographing and selling the dildos and lube to pay for their defense?

    I think most of those got buried with LaVoy. I think it was the backup plan in case he didn’t meet up with the 99 virgins. Or am I getting my jihadis mixed up here?

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    oz29 says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I used to get appointed as standby counsel to members of a former Bo Gritz-led commune a few times year, so I heard all manner of outlandish stuff. My all-time favorite was a guy (a friend of a client) who cornered me in a hallway and said he thought I was a good guy, so when he won his big lawsuit against the Rockefellers, and all the lawyers were banished to England (because The Constitution) I’d be allowed to stay. He didn’t tell me why on earth I’d want to stay.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Felonius Monk: I just did a fast Google. Judge Weinstein is indeed 94 years old and he maintains a full docket as a senior judge on the Eastern District of NY bench. He is one of the longest serving judges of the federal system, having been appointed in 1967 by LBJ.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @PurpleGirl: Absolutely amazing.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @efgoldman: I informed my Dad, who was one of the most senior criminologists at that time and my criminology dissertation chair – who is the most senior criminologist of his generation, but couldn’t do much else. He was the president of the American Criminological Association at the time. And it wasn’t a major plagiarism. I had applied for an assistant professorship in his department. He emailed me, and this was before anyone knew he was trying to move into the terrorism field, and asked for a copy of a paper I’d presented at the annual meeting, which was the theory chapter out of my dissertation including my working bibliography. I figured he wanted to see it as an additional writing sample from the job search, so sent a copy. I had a fat fingered typo in one of the citations – specifically of one of the books written by my polisci dissertation chair (I had one for each discipline). It was in there, because I’d been copying and pasting the citation for three years from one document to the other. Anyhow, he eventually put something out and low and behold in the bibliography is Ken’s book with the wrong publication date. Basically, he just copied and pasted chunks of my own bibliography into his own without checking anything. As plagiarism goes, it was small fry. But as demonstration of a lack of professional ethics, it showed anything you needed to know about him.

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    SoupCatcher says:

    @efgoldman:

    I’m just surprised they’re not on eBay yet.

    I suspect they ended up in the trench the Butternuts dug at the wildlife refuge. I’m imagining some Motel of the Mysteries type archaeological dig in five hundred years or so.

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    JimF says:

    @Steve in the ATL: that sounds like a good story, you must share!

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    Aleta says:

    For fellow obsessives: I’ve been wanting to offer this delusional video is from the Bundy ranch in 2014. It’s an amazing thing; the short story behind it is that members of the Oath Keepers* had left the militia “base” on the Bundy ranch (claiming inside info that a drone attack might be imminent). Ryan Payne wants to make a rule that they can never come back, so he’s holding a meeting to officially declare them deserters, cowards, traitors.

    Several people at this meeting (Booda Bear, Jerry DeLemus, Jason Patrick) have been indicted in the last month. Jason Patrick uploaded this and other videos he made every few days while at the Bundy Ranch, including interviews, and they are on his youtube channel.

    * The Oath Keepers as a group didn’t take part in the occupation of Malheur, and their leader Stewart Rhodes (https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/individual/elmer-stewart-rhodes-0) announced at the beginning of the occupation that it was a bad idea — no local support, not private property, no invitation from local landowner, etc. He was careful to praise Ammon, though.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Aleta: I remember seeing that at the time. Good find!

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    redshirt says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I enjoyed it, but I enjoy most movies based on comic books because I just keep in mind they’re based on comic books.

    I do this as well and it works great. I don’t need to worry about things like science or reality or anything really. I just need to accept what the story presents and judge it by that standard. If it breaks its own internal logic, I’ll nitpick.

    I’m trying this now with all other movies and it seems to apply to any genre. Just accept a set of standards the genre needs to meet and all else can be considered extraneous. A murder mystery should have a murder that is mysterious.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @redshirt: The first Wolverine movie was a mess, but by and large I just treat them as we’re discussing. And since I pretty much only watch movies based on comic books these days or cartoons, it works pretty well. I’m going to enjoy and tune out for a couple of hours, not to have to think too hard. That’s what work is for.

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    redshirt says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I enjoyed Origins. Some fun action and the Blob. Also Deadpool aka Weapon X.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @redshirt: It was okay. Blob was good. I thought Liev Schrieber did an excellent job portraying a psychopathic and psychotic Sabertooth. But they really ruined Deadpool and he’d have been Weapon XI. Wolverine was Weapon X.

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    The Republic, Blah Blah Blah... says:

    I gotta say… every time I see a picture of Ryan Bundy (2nd from the left, top row), he looks like he’s been punched in the face so many times, his face is permanently deformed… right hook on the left side of his jaw…

    Just saying…

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    redshirt says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Have you seen the new Deadpool movie? There are several jokes about this previous version of the character.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    Thanks for the fix, Adam. I will manage to get around to reading them tomorrow.

    @The Republic, Blah Blah Blah…: His face was deformed when someone – perhaps even another Bundy – drove over his head. Really.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @The Republic, Blah Blah Blah…: He was in a vehicular accident as a teenager. An ATV ran over his head and caused permanent nerve damage.

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    The Republic, Blah Blah Blah... says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): Are you kidding me?

    Someone drove over his head?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @redshirt: I haven’t seen it yet. I’m hoping to get to it this week while its still in IMAX.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @The Republic, Blah Blah Blah…: Yep, and I sit corrected: it was a car and he was seven.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....lysis.html

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    LAO says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): @Adam L Silverman:
    The depth of both of your knowledge of all things Bundy, shames me.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: I need to get out more…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    I’m off to rub doggy bellies and crash. Everyone have a lovely night.

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    bk says:

    @Steve in the ATL: vs Long Island Railroad! I got the AmJur book award for Torts my first year in law school, too many years agp

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    Ken says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): I just assumed he was making a face at the booking.

    BTW why do all but one of the photos have a seven-pointed star? Is that guy the mole?

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @LAO: It should probably worry you. Clearly I need actual employment again. Teaching 2x/month during the academic year is not enough. My old pal suggested getting on the PD list, paying his building (he owns it) $75/month to use their conference room and have the phone answered and build a defense practice. I’m not sure I’ve got the energy at my age… Plus malpractice coverage, etc, etc.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Ken: Ritzheimer’s mugshot is from AZ, where he turned himself in. The others were arrested in OR, and that’s the Multnomah County Sheriff star. on the rest

    I think I just demonstrated LAO’s point. I’m starting to worry myself.

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    Ruckus says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q):
    Something new is always fun. I’ve had 3 widely different careers and am now working back in the first one. Of course for that to be much fun the second and third would have to have been successful. Still they make stories, not all that good of ones, but stories.

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    LAO says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): Don’t do it! Working for a living is a drag. But seriously, when my mom retired 5 years ago, she got involved with legal services and works maybe 15 hours a week and seems pretty happy.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    God, I fucking hope so. From your mouth to God’s ear. This “constitutional sheriff” bit has chilled me to the bone. Oh, Colorado sheriffs…vowing and declaring they wouldn’t obey the law of the state when it came to the new firearms regulations. If anything good comes out of this debacle, let it be a critical investigation into the power of the Sheriff, plzzzzz….

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @LAO: I confess that I really miss court, but… I’m still working on finding another good nonprofit gig, once my NAMI chapter was acquired by merged with a bigger affiliate, I could consult with a MH advocacy group as long as they had the budget for it. I got to do a great deal of work in regional opiate epidemic response plans and coordinating them across communities, but funding is always scarce. ::sighs:: I’m too young to really retire, and, well, recession was hard on lots of planning for same.

    I really won’t rebuild a criminal defense practice, tempting though it is some days.

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    Soylent Green says:

    He was in a vehicular accident as a teenager.

    Ryan was only seven, not a teen.

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    LAO says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): My response to you was pretty glib and god knows the financial collapse was pretty devastating. My firm is small — just two of us. Hustling to pay bills can be soul crushing and I sometimes find it hard to remember why I love criminal defense work so much. Unlike you, my experience is so narrow, that I’m sort of stuck. Anyway, I do wish you the best and hope that a great opportunity (with funding) comes up.

    I know that if I could — in a perfect/fantasy world — I would open a bookstore and sitting around reading everything. That would be awesome.

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    Soylent Green says:

    We have the Malheur gang here in Multnomah County’s lockup because the federal courthouse is next door. For court appearances they move them through a secure corridor under the street.

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    joel hanes says:

    I’m starting to get a very bad feeling about all this …

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    Eric says:

    @Steve in the ATL: my favorite case for a multitude of reasons.

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