Snack Team Six Trial Day 3: The Political Prisoner is in Court Your Honor



Today, Ammon Bundy the leader of Snack Team Six, appeared in court wearing his prison scrubs to make the point that he is a political prisoner.

“Mr. Bundy desires to appear as he is, a political prisoner not free to dress as if presumed innocent,” attorney J. Morgan Philpot said, reading his client’s statement. “He would prefer to drop the facade and appear as the political prisoner he has been made.”

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown asked Bundy to stand. She inquired whether it was his choice to appear in jail attire, and if anyone took his suit away.

“Your honor, I have no comment,” he replied.

The judge told him she must know if his decision was voluntary.

“I have no comment,” he repeated.

Philpot interjected, “Mr. Bundy feels he really has no choice — that that’s been taken from him.”

It appears that Mr. Bundy and the rest of Snack Team 6 seem intent on turning Judge Brown’s court into a circus to suit their own purposes. It remains to be seen just how successful they will be.

68 replies
  1. 1
    Adam L Silverman says:

    Every elite team deserves a unit crest!

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    Feebog says:

    They really love playing the victim, don’t they? Tough guys when armed, not so much when faced with the consequences of their actions.

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    Keith P. says:

    They’re probably banking on a Trump group pardon.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: happy?

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    Ruckus says:

    Does it hurt to laugh that much?

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    LAO says:

    @Adam L Silverman: @Ruckus: yes, to both questions.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Rachel Maddow just said that Trump is now refusing to say that President Obama was born in the US. More Black outreach, I guess.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Patricia Kayden: He’s off his leash now that the polls look good for a few days.

    ByJOSH MARSHALLPublishedSEPTEMBER 15, 2016, 8:42 PM EDT
    In an interview late Wednesday evening on the tarmac in his private jet in Canton, Ohio, Donald Trump doubled down on history of birtherism. Speaking to The Washington Post’s Robert Costa, Trump suggested he is not inclined to soften his pitch of his positions, even as he tries to appeal to voters outside of his base. He also struck a defiant tone, trumpeting his rising poll numbers, attacking CNN’s Anderson Cooper and claiming the Clinton campaign had made up the phrase ‘alt-right.’

    When pressed on whether he continues to believe the long-refuted claim that President Barack Obama is not a US citizen and was not born in Hawaii, Trump replied, “I’ll answer that question at the right time. I just don’t want to answer it yet.”

    From the Post …
    When asked whether his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was accurate when she said recently that he now believes Obama was born in this country, Trump responded: “It’s okay. She’s allowed to speak what she thinks. I want to focus on jobs. I want to focus on other things.”
    He added: “I don’t talk about it anymore. The reason I don’t is because then everyone is going to be talking about it as opposed to jobs, the military, the vets, security.”

    Later in the interview when pressed on whether his continued birtherism “hangs” over his candidacy and efforts to build support with African-American voters, Trump replied, “I think it hangs over the reporters.”

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    LAO says:

    I understand Mumford moved for a mistrial at the end of the day based on his cross examination of the director of the refugee. Judge wouldn’t let him cross on adverse possession. This is really insane.

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    CZanne says:

    @srv: Is he broke already?

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    “Though your brother’s bound and gagged, and they’ve chained him to a chair”

    Maybe the Bundy Bunch figures that if it worked for the Chicago Eight Seven, it will work for them.

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    piratedan says:

    @Adam L Silverman: you know, I kind of like chocolate chip cookies, can I humbly suggest that we replace it with a cheezit? for some reason, I think that would be entirely appropriate….

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    Paul T says:

    Maybe it is time for more dildos in the mail.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I updated the unit crest with a Latin motto, which is appropriate for this type of special force and elite unit.

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    Redshift says:

    Federal judges don’t take any crap. Not do they care if slapping wingnuts with contempt of court citations makes them heroes in the eyes of their wackadoodle brethren.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @piratedan: Everyone is an art critic!

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    LAO says:

    @Redshift: Judge Brown has displayed remarkable judicial restraint.

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    raven says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Sic Semper. . . .nevermind!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @raven: I thought about it. Unfortunately that would be “ita ut semper laborum” So “munch hard” seemed appropriate.

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    piratedan says:

    @Adam L Silverman: well tbh, I think cheezits are kinda nasty, and with this crowd on trial, nasty seems appropriate, but ymmv. Thank you for tracking this, it IS important.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Oh, the FUG is up with these clowns – I feel like Malvolio:

    My masters, are you mad? Or what are you? Have you no wit, manners, nor honesty but to gabble like tinkers at this time of night? Do you make an alehouse of my lady’s house, that you squeak out your coziers’ catches without any mitigation or remorse of voice? Is there no respect of place, persons, nor time in you?

    Did da bwave liddle martyr at least get to wear his cowboy boots with his orange jumpsuit? Cuz, you know, that really makes a statement, there.

    ETA: Did you design their crest? Nice!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    You forgot the peni$-shaped pasta sent by their internet fans, but I suppose this is a family blog, of sorts. Especially since WordPress blocks the word “peni$.”

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mnemosyne: I forgot nothing. I went through a number of possible images: cake, banana split, fries, potato chips, Cookie Monster, dessert fork. I spent over a 1/2 hour on that crest. It is bespoke. The kind of attention to detail everyone should come to Balloon Juice for!

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    Soylent Green says:

    Everything about the Bundy gang is 50 percent cosplay. They think they are starring in a John Wayne movie.

    I’m still working in the federal building a block away. Every day this week there’s been a handful of Bundy supporters across the street, waving flags. Some are dressed in cowboy duds. One of them has a horse with him. From time to time, he gallops down the street past the courthouse.

    My bosses have put us all on security alert, but the flag wavers are not gun-toting, outside agitating militia types. They are just a few local rednecks who are playing the part of extras in the Bundy movie.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Miss Bianca: Not sure where you got FUG in there, so here’s the real thing.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Soylent Green: I thought they arrested the horse guy at the refuge. Or is this a different horse guy?

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Ah, The Fugs…heh. For some reason, they didn’t get a lot of airplay back in the day.

    Oh, Ammon was wearing blue today, evidently, not orange. A much wiser cosplaying choice – I’m not sure orange would suit his complexion.

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    ThresherK (GPad) says:

    Wonderful work, Adam.

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    Soylent Green says:

    This is some local guy, with his horse saddled up all day. The other day I was lucky enough to see his daily gallop down the street when I went out for lunch. He has mounted a flag bracket to the saddle so his horse can spare him the task of holding up a big flag all day. I’ll try to get a photo tomorrow.

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    James E Powell says:

    It appears that Mr. Bundy and the rest of Snack Team 6 seem intent on turning Judge Brown’s court into a circus to suit their own purposes. It remains to be seen just how successful they will be.

    In the United States, the government, including the courts, has a long history of bending over backwards to be accommodating to right wing interests. After all, their only fault is that they love American too much.

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    Bill says:

    J. Morgan Philpot?


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    Schlemazel says:

    He should be forced to paint a portrait of every soldier that died in Iraq and then one of their family. He should have to live with those eyes looking at him every day of his ugly little life.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    One does expect to hear the lawyer speaking in the voice of W.C. Fields, doesn’t one? Or Groucho Marx.

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

    @Ruckus: I think I bruised a couple of ribs laughing at the leader of Snack Team Six for that bullshit. Then I got pissed; motherucker’s never even heard of Leonard Peltier and yet has the nerve to call himself a political prisoner. I am not thinking kind – or even civilized – thoughts about Ammo, crown prince of Y’all Quaeda.

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

    @LAO: Shit, she’s shown saintly levels of tolerance for those idiots.

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    daves09 says:

    @Adam L Silverman: J.Morgan Philpot-is this a Marx bros. movie?
    Seriously, they seem like such frauds that it’s hard to believe that they really believe. But good lord, they do.

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    chopper says:

    the motto should be “semper fudge”.

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    chopper says:


    luckily for us election nerds FYWP doesn’t block “wang”.

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    Calouste says:

    @Adam L Silverman: That should read “in his private jet, that he rents to the campaign” (probably for above market rates).

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    J R in WV says:

    How are we so beloved of FSM to have a Balloon-Juice commenter working right down the street from the clown circus judiciarat??

    I’ve been juror at capital murder cases, state criminal court in a rural county. Never attended a Federal court case, although Mrs J has been to many of them. None of the cases either of us has attended has ever been close to as theater of the absurd as this looks to be.

    Really, no one here is accused of murder, only of criminal conspiracies of the absurd. The idea that the District of Columbia is the only ground the Federal Government is allowed to own is too foolish. Where would they test those atom bombs, build those air force bases, manage that fleet of air craft carriers?? Next to the White House?

    I hope the real occasion for laughter is after these yahoo-quaida nuts are convicted and sent away for a long time, while also attending their trial for more serious crimes down in Clitus [sic] Bundy’s fortress of stupidity country.

    Keep up the jolly fun, Adam! I really think the crest needs at least one – oh, uh, well, frankly, and to be exact, a big ole dildo, rampant. With Studly white horse, also rampant. Maybe Betty Cracker could help…

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    Chris says:

    @Soylent Green:

    That seems to be the nature of the militia movement: 90% of them are just posturing tough guys winding each other up about all the badass things they’re totally GONNA do WHEN the government finally goes too far… whenever that is. Any minute now…

    Most of the violence seems to be lone wolves of very tiny groups of people.

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    Epicurus says:

    Methinks Bundy should lay in a good stock of those jumpsuits. He’s going to need them where he’s going.

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    It is my choice to decide that my right to choose has been taken away!

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    Mike E says:


    He should be forced to paint a portrait of every soldier that died in Iraq and then one of their family. He should have to live with those eyes looking at him every day of his ugly little life.

    Make it so.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @chopper: That’s a good one too.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Calouste: Tell it to Josh Marshall, I was just quoting him.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Tack on 10 years to the maggot’s sentence.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    The kind of attention to detail everyone should come to Balloon Juice for!

    This is why I gladly pay full price for this site.

  53. 53
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Please retain your receipt. Also, in case of return there will be a 20% restocking charge for putting me back on my shelf.

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    Sandia Blanca says:

    @Adam L Silverman: It is a most noble crest.

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    MobiusKlein says:

    @Schlemazel: Bush should paint portraits of every dead Iraqi child, mother, and soldier killed.
    Not sure there is enough oil in the world for that. Perhaps in the next.

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    trnc says:

    Today, Ammon Bundy the leader of Snack Team Six …

    It’s after 11pm. Can we say Dildo Team Six yet?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Trump suggested he is not inclined to soften his pitch of his positions, even as he tries to appeal to voters outside of his base.

    Marshall errs here. Drumpf isn’t making the slightest effort to appeal to voters outside his base. He knows the MSM will not make a big deal about this, but he does know it further inflames the rabble that supports him, and, most importantly, they’ll give him the feedback he craves, that he lives for, at his rallies.

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    burnspbesq says:


    zealous advocacy. Stupid, but zealous.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: My take is Trump has decided since the polls are showing a virtual tie and that gave him the confidence to knuckle his advisors and slip their lead. As long as the polling is like this he will be off the lead. Of course that is going to bring the numbers back down. And given that the polling has switched to likely voter models and those have some interesting assumptions for the initial runs last week and this week, based on the sample assumptions they’ll stay tight for another week and then the polling outlets will begin to tweak the model to more accurately capture what the 2016 electorate will likely look like rather than the 2004, 2008, or 2012 electorates they’re basing their sampling on now. Until then I expect Trump to be Trump. Additionally, there have been news reports that Lewandowski is once again on site with Trump at events and seems to be giving instructions to campaign staffers. He is the creator and greatest advocate of the “Let Trump Be Trump” strategy. He is, essentially, Trump’s Trump. If he’s gotten Trump’s ear again, then this could get very, very interesting.

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    frosty says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    It is bespoke.

    Truly, it is! Awesome!!

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    JAFD says:

    Being one of those who “studied Latin in high school, many decades ago…”, that heraldic motto sent me to the dictionary. Found, from the Wiktionary,
    lacteus m ‎(feminine lactea, neuter lacteum); first/second declension
    Of or pertaining to milk; milky.
    (poetic) Full of milk.
    Milk-drinking, suckling.
    (figuratively) Pure.”

    and, with ‘durum’ usually translated as ‘hard’, came up with the colloquial translation, “tough titty”

    Anyway, recently acquired a small army of mounted warriers of the Medieval era, Real Soon Now will get them painted and based and organized, paint the Snack Team Six Crest upon their shields, and send them into battle with Mozart playing in the background…

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    joel hanes says:


    Judge Brown has displayed remarkable judicial restraint.

    So far.
    I have a feeling that the judgments and sentencing memoranda in this case will be delicious reading for connoisseurs of a particular flavor of shadenfreude.

    Treating a Federal court as a stage on which to act out your problems is seldom a winning tactic.

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    SRW1 says:


    Can we say Dildo Team Six yet?

    Strike Force Delta Dildo

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    @Mike E: Please no! I work for a federal collection of museums involved with traveling exhibitions. We’ve already managed to escape a suggestion that we travel that “art”.

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    Adam, sorry to be so late to this convo, but your magnificent heraldic design needs tweaking. My understanding of the rules for coats of arms is that a quartered shield has to be at least two colors. Your shield is only the metal silver(aka white). Two of those quarters need to be red, blue, yellow, or green.

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    Every elite team deserves a unit crest!

    @Adam L Silverman: I damn near puked laughing. Hell of a great way to start my day.

    Durum Lacteum – you’re slaying me here.

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    Humboldtblue says:

    Speaking of wheat, I picked up a loaf of bread at the co-op last Sunday because I had no idea what “spelt” was. Turns out that “spelt” wheat — triticum spelta — is an old-timey wheat that was pretty much replaced by the modern bread-making wheat and is now making a comeback. I didn’t notice a huge difference in flavor or texture but it did toast up wonderfully.

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    jon says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I was hoping for ROMANES EUNT DOMUS, but that’s okay.

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