Federal case against 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff could end in a mistrial

Could the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip affect the high-profile Bundy case? That’s the question as the trial for rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons Ryan and Ammon is set to begin Monday morning. (KSNV file photo)

"Unprofessional bias" and "a mockery" -- that is what a Bureau of Land Management special agent is saying about his own agency's actions during the Cliven Bundy investigation, all as a judge weighs a mistrial.

In 2014, few things in America had as much coverage as Bundy's war with the BLM. Images of an army of militia, ranchers, and ordinary citizens, marching with guns in hand against armed federal agents, were everywhere.

Now, three years later, it's what the public is not seeing that could end the federal case against the Bundys in a mistrial.

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As Attorney Paul Padda tells us, it's hard to comprehend exactly how the Bundy trial has gotten so off the rails.

"Either evidence was withheld intentionally or based on negligence and or incompetence," said Padda.

The case against the family was about years of unpaid grazing fees when the Bundys moved their cattle on federal land without paying the feds for access.

When the feds moved in to stop the cattle and force those payments, the Bundys called for support. Within days, hundreds of people from both sides had a tense armed standoff.

However, the federal government has failed to hand over key evidence to defense attorneys.

A leaked document from a former BLM agent shows evidence of possible bias toward the Bundys and possible proof that snipers were watching from the hills -- something the Bundys are arguing as part of their defense.

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The document from special agent Larry Wooten claims law enforcement supervisors called Bundy supporters derogatory names.

A potential witness in the case has a booking photo of Cliven Bundy in his office.

Wooten claims that agents would joke about how they beat up one of the Bundys, that they monitored jail cells without getting the ok to do so, and that Wooten overheard BLM attorneys talking about not turning over evidence.

"Extremely serious. The allegation is that the Bundys cannot receive a fair trial because the way the evidence is being presented is selective," said Padda.

The allegations are now in front of Judge Gloria Navarro, who, on Wednesday, will make a decision that will shape the future of this case. She could end it in a mistrial, sending the Bundys home.

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