Bundy trial opening statements rescheduled for Nov. 14

Cliven Bundy appears in court Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse in downtown Las Vegas. (Illustrations by Stewart Freshwater)

For four days in April 2014, the FBI used video surveillance to monitor Cliven Bundy’s property and ranch.

On Tuesday, as the government’s attorneys were to make their opening statement to the jury, questions were raised about the video and a possible recording.

In September, Ryan Bundy--who is representing himself, made a motion to compel the video as evidence.

Without indicating if they searched for it, government lawyers called the request a “fantastical fishing expedition,” according to a court filing.

Questions about the possible existence of the video caused Judge Gloria Navarro to delay the start of opening statements.

During today’s proceedings, Nevada U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre told the court he doesn’t believe the video feed was ever recorded.

“You don’t set up a video camera for nothing,” remarked Judge Navarro, “I’m not convinced it doesn’t exist,” she said.

Government attorneys will return to court Wed. at 1 p.m. to report on their preliminary findings in the search for a recording, and to respond to a defense motion to dismiss the case.

Bundy’s attorneys believe the video could exonerate them on conspiracy allegations, and charges they used weapons to intimidate government agents, during the 2014 armed standoff.

Judge Navarro has indicated the video, if it exists, could result in a dismissal of the government’s case.

Opening statements are currently scheduled for Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.

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