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Here I will share my feelings about America and her Future.

Let it be known to all the World, I love all Humankind, however the poor actions of the few that take away the Freedom's of the many wear on my soul. I don't hate them I feel sad for their foolishness before God and humankind.

Those leaders who seek to 'Keep their Oaths of office' and those who seek only self glory, power, tyranny and the destruction of America as it was founded, hoping to turn it into a Dictatorship, Marxist or other state of Tyranny.

For a long while I was unsure of putting a blog together with my thoughts on this, however Truth must be shared, if not to Awake American's to their dangerous situation then to record the folly of the ways of the wicked who do exist in the leadership of our Nation, States, Counties, Towns. Sad that I must add this page.

"We often search for things in life, yet seldom do we find.

Those things in life that really matter, until we make the time." S.T.Huls

God Bless the Republic of America!

We have Got To Stand Up!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bunkerville Was Never About The Cows by Shari Dovale




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Bunkerville Was Never About The Cows

by Shari Dovale
Bunkerville Was Never About The Cows
Bunkerville Was Never About The Cows
Bunkerville Standoff
After seeing their God-given and Constitutionally-guaranteed rights being trampled on by the over-reaching Federal alphabet agencies, people across the nation rallied to defend the rights our country was founded on.

(Pictured: Cliven Bundy walks by a first amendment area set up by the Bureau of Land Management near Bunkerville, Nev.)
Videos on network news stations and around the internet depicted an elderly woman being thrown to the ground by law enforcement, a man being tazed repeatedly, and a “first amendment zone” set up miles away for protesters to stay out of the way of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
These citizens rightfully feared another Waco or Ruby Ridge encounter, and believed that citizens showing up in force, with cameras to record and witnesses to confirm, would reign-in the out-of-control government.
The government came heavily armed with hundreds of officers. They carried military-grade weapons and dressed in Battle-ready uniforms. That side of the fence looked like a war zone from Afghanistan.
  
The other side of the fence showed men, women, and children standing around under a highway overpass. Some had sidearms, as is legal in Nevada. Some had long guns, as is also legal in the state. Some carried protest signs, and still others rode on horseback.
A few folks had questions as to whether the BLM had legal orders to remove Cliven Bundy’s cattle. Most did not care. They knew nothing about cows, or grazing rights, or ranching in the desert.
They knew about the First Amendment, the Second Amendment and the other rights they saw were not available to these citizens.
They came and they stood. They saw government weapons being pointed at them. They feared for their lives, yet they did not back down. They stood until the cows came home and the federal agents left the area.
These people were successful. There were no shots fired that day. No one was hurt and everyone left within hours to return to their homes and their normal, everyday lives.
Malheur Wildlife Refuge
Fast forward 2 years. The government is still smarting from the citizens challenge of their behavior. They have not attempted to take the cows from Bundy again. They have let that go.
But they still wanted their Day of Reckoning.
In January 2016, Ammon Bundy, Cliven’s son, held a rally in Burns, Oregon to bring light to the gross injustice done to the ranching family of Dwight Hammond.
Ammon tells the public he will take a “hard stand” at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge 30 miles outside of Burns, in the middle of nowhere. Dozens of people join Ammon to take adverse possession of the Refuge.
The protesters are there for less than a month before the FBI executes an illegal ‘deadman’s roadblock‘ on a lonely highway. This results in the death of LaVoy Finicum, shot in the back by more government agents. It is learned later that these Federal agents lied about firing their weapons at Finicum. They also destroyed evidence at the scene of the crime.
It was not until then that the Federal Government started arresting protesters. Dozens of people were arrested in connection to the Malheur protest as well as for the Bunkerville standoff.
Most of the protesters have been incarcerated since then, over 18 months, without the chance for bail.
LaVoy Finicum
The Grand Jury
Does anyone wonder about the timing of the arrests? Who is questioning why the government waited two years to arrest the protesters for Bunkerville? It is easily explained when you reason that the Federal government originally tried to indict all of the protesters, with special emphasis on the Bundy Family, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
Yes, they wanted to call this Rancher the head of an Organized Crime Family.
However, they are not actually prosecuting them through the RICO Act. Why not?
Special Agent in Charge Dan Love, on April 12, 2014
How many times did the Federal Government have to present this to the Grand Jury before they got some sort of indictments? I have a strong suspicion that the Grand Jury, in the beginning, did not roll over on this indictment any more than the trial jury did. How many bites at this apple did Myhre get?
We do know that most of the evidence against them came from Special Agent in Charge Daniel P. Love. We can surmise that SAC Love built up the case of how scared he was and how dangerous the Bundy’s were, in order to get these indictments.
Or can we?
In actual fact, SAC Dan Love testified to the Grand Jury in October 2015, and stated these men were not a danger, and there was “no threat of violence or force prior to April 12, 2014”.
Love testified, “The propensity for a violent encounter was low to nonexistent. There was nothing to suggest that there would be a violent encounter, no active intelligence beyond what we believed that we would see, you know, kind of the sagebrush rebellion tactics, people blockading vehicles, generally interfering, protesting, trying to impede.”
This is what the BLM expected on April 12, 2014. This is what Ranger Alexandra Burke cried about on the witness stand. She was brought in as a sharpshooter, dressed in her ‘Battle-ready’ gear, and focused her weapons specifically to kill Eric Parker, yet she cried to the jury.
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The First Bunkerville Mistrial… and Retrial… and another Retrial?
The trials of the Bunkerville Standoff have been held in Las Vegas, Nevada under the watch of Judge Gloria Navarro. Navarro has split 19 defendants into 3 tiers.
pete santilli dismissedPete Santilli
The first tier includes Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, Ryan Payne, and journalist Pete Santilli. They have been called the ‘Leaders’ to this government challenge.
The third tier of defendants, called the ‘least culpable’, were the men who carried the weapons on the bridge overlooking the wash. These included Todd Engel of Idaho, Greg Burleson of Arizona, Eric Parker of Idaho, Steven Stewart of Idaho, Rick Lovelein of Oklahoma, and O. Scott Drexler of Idaho.
Each defendant was charged with 10 charges, including conspiracy charges and multiple gun charges that carried mandatory minimum sentencing requirements. The Tier 3 defendants went to trial first.
Todd Engel
The first trial earlier this year ended with Burleson convicted of 8 out of the 10 charges, Engel convicted of 2 out of 10 charges. With the mandatory minimum guidelines, Burleson was sentenced to 68 years in prison. Engel faces sentencing in September 2017.
The jury did not reach a consensus as to any of the remaining charges in this trial and a mistrial was declared. This includes conspiracy charges. None of the defendants have been convicted of conspiracy charges. The government later decided not to retry Engel on the remaining charges.
The Federal prosecutor, Acting US Attorney Steven Myhre, chose to retry the remaining 4 defendants from Tier 3. This trial resulted in 34 of the 40 charges to be Not Guilty and the remaining charges (against Parker and Drexler) to be deadlocked again. It was announced that the jury vote on the remaining charges were 11-1 in favor of acquittal.
AUSA Myhre showed his anger the next day when asking for Parker and Drexler to continue their incarceration. He showed that the persecution of these men was a very personal thing.
Why is this trial so personal to the government? Why is it so important that they obtain convictions for the “least culpable” defendants in the entire case? They have been tried by two different juries. Yet, AUSA Myhre is so invested in gaining some sort of conviction that it begs the question: WHY?
Greg Burleson’s conviction almost does not count, as it is well considered that he was convicted of being a drunken braggart (thanks to the entrapment of the BLM) and convicted himself after the fact. Todd Engel was not convicted of any gun charges.
Cliven Bundy
However, Cliven Bundy is charged with gun charges. Bundy was not in the wash on April 12, 2014. Yet, the government will argue that Bundy began this conspiracy, therefore he is responsible for the bad acts of everyone else. Myhre needs a gun conviction on these other men to get a gun conviction on Cliven Bundy.
Remember, the gun convictions carry mandatory minimum sentences in prison. If convicted of all gun charges in this case, Bundy would face 57 years for those crimes, plus any other sentence Navarro would deem fit to give him.
Then there is the forfeiture clause. If convicted, the government would walk in and take the family ranch from Bundy’s wife, Carol, and the remaining members of his family.
Judge Gloria Navarro
Judge Navarro has been blatant in her bias against these defendants. She has aided the prosecution at every turn.
She has not allowed the defense to present evidence of why the defendants went to Nevada, yet motive is key in the charges.
She has stated that no citizen is allowed to defend themselves against the government, therefore, “self-defense” is not allowed in this case. Along with that, there cannot be “defense of others”. Additionally, she refuses to allow “provocation by the government” as evidence in this case.
The defendants cannot mention the government snipers on the hill overlooking the protesters, with their high-powered rifles aimed at the people in the wash.
Navarro has refused to allow mention of the first amendment zones set up by the BLM, as they will make the government “look bad”. She has ruled that no bad acts by the government will be allowed in this case.
The US Constitution and the Bill of Rights are not allowed to be mentioned in front of the jury. The fact that Nevada is an “open carry” state is irrelevant to Judge Navarro.
Defendant Parker was removed from the witness stand and not allowed to testify in his own defense. His crime? He said “I looked up and to the right.”
Navarro has made it clear that these men are not to be allowed any defense.
Yet… the jury still acquitted them. After two separate trials, the government has not been able to obtain convictions against these men.
Even so, Steven Myhre, Gloria Navarro, and their superiors on up the chain, are determined to continue spending the taxpayer money and keep trying until they get a jury to go along with them.
It is not about the cows. It is about putting a stop to any insurrection from the citizenry of these United States.
As Oregon’s US Senator Ron Wyden would say, they need to stop the virus from spreading.
Protesters On Trial
The next trial will begin October 10th. This trial will include the two remaining defendants from Tier 3, Parker and Drexler, as well as all of the defendants from Tier 1.
This week saw roughly a third of Idaho’s Legislators jointly ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as well as President Trump, to release the remaining defendants from further prosecution. The letter had been submitted to the Court prior to the pre-trial hearing, however, the decision had already been made to put Eric Parker and Scott Drexler in with the Tier One defendants.
  
 
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American Heros - Helping People Hurrican Harvey

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Ranger Roach





Let this sink in for a minute.....

Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston.
Almost... all of them driven by men.
They're using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.
Most of them are by themselves.
Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are.
Many are veterans.
Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there's a preponderance of camo.
Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump.

These are the people THE LEFT LOVES TO HATE,
the ones Maddow mocks. The ones Maher and Olbermann just *KNOW* they're so much better than.
These are The Quiet Ones.
They don't wear masks and tear down statues.
They don't, as a rule, march and demonstrate.
And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods.

But they'll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging gators and water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available; and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes.
Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help.
They'll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.

When disaster strikes, it's what men do. Real men.

Heroic men.
American men.
And then they'll knock back a few shots, or a few beers with like-minded men they've never met before, and talk about fish, or ten-point bucks, or the benefits of hollow-point ammo, or their F-150.

And the next time they hear someone talk about "the patriarchy", or "male privilege", they'll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.

In the meantime,
they'll likely be UP AGAIN BEFORE DAWN.
To do it again.
Until the helpless are rescued. And the work's done.

They're unlikely to be reimbursed.
There won't be medals.
They won't care.
They're heroes. And it's what they do.


Hat Tip: Jose A Anaya
Written by: Caymen Sartin and John Hulon
Proud to have known many of these men and called them friend!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fed Prosecutor S. Myhre has Mental Breakdown in Court! - John Lamb




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Federal Prosecutor Steven Myhre has mental breakdown in court hearing!!
In a federal detention hearing today, for 2 defendants in the Las Vegas Federal court, lead prosecutor Steven Myhre nearly had a mental breakdown. He began shaking and lost it in a childish, unprofessional way, directing accusations at two defendants who were found not guilty on the majority of charges by jurors, just the day before.
He uncontrollably and angrily accused defendant Eric Parker of being a c...oward multiple times, and referred to him even as "a slithering coward with a gun," going on to bring up a shirt he and others had worn the evening before with the words Jury Nullification - No Victim No Crime. He desperately begged the judge to not release these two defendants, Eric Parker and Scott Drexler.
Myhre even stooped so low as to say that Drexler should not be allowed pretrial release pending a third jury trial because of Drexler having camping gear and food in his truck!Stating that he could be at flight risk because he's a survivalist.
Judge Gloria Navarro, facing impeachment accusations because of her biased actions in the past two trials of these same defendants, seems to be losing steam and control of her own courtroom. She's losing it so bad that she even went as far as accusing one of the defendants, Drexler, of giving her the evil eye multiple times during the trial, calling him disobedient and like a child.
This has become far from a fair trial. A court that has traded the kangaroo in for the book on Nazism.
Let's just state a few reasons why this judge should at least recluse herself from the case:
#1. Her husband is Clark County prosecutor, Brian Rutledge. Conflict of interest because of his involvement with Harry Reid and the land grabs throughout Clark County.
#2. Judge Navarro's involvement with the Hage family, in another land grab of a Rancher's grazing rights involving the BLM.
#3. How can she be fair when she has already handed out sentencing to at least two other defendants, Greg Burleson 68 years, and Jerry DeLemus 8 years, in the same case?
By reporter john lamb

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#disbarprosecutorStevemyhre

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Follow up on this issue WFAF.
 
We must realize that the Judge Navaroo and the Prosecution ALL violated these laws = 
So, who will prosecute all of these government "officials" for violating =
 Title 18, Section 242 of US Code?

What does this Code say? Visit link below.
 

Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law

Summary:

    Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. For the purpose of Section 242, acts under "color of law" include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official's lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.
    The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.
TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242
    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, ... shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
This has been a normal style of comments from people who have been following this egregious abuse of power and our justice system.

 
John Hackett I think the "People" need to convene a Grand Jury...and start defending the Constitution and hold the criminals accountable that keep violating it. This country belongs to "The People" and we can fix this problem...by simply following the Constitution...warrants sworn out for probable cause that is sworn to...and indictments brought forth...Give the corrupt judges and prosecutors their day in court...before a jury of their peers and convene a real trial where truth, facts and evidence are brought forward in a fair and just manner. And let the chips fall where they may.
That is the next step to fix this problem if all else fails. Our Judicial system is too corrupted to enjoy the Peoples respect, we need to form another system and let the old one die on the vine.


Karen Jenkins navarro has repeatedly violated her oath of office and of the duties of a judge several times.. she is a total joke to the dept of injustice;. violated every law and right of the neveda and usa constitutions and bill of rights for all defendants involved.. her biased opinions and actions partaken in it viable reasons to impeach her and for partaking in a framing of a defendants attitude along with many more violations.. a total atrocity to the maritime law system and the color of laws she promotes.. hell she dont even use the laws written down she made up her own as she went for her courtroom.. disgusting that she is even allowed to continue her protrayal as a judge. impeach navarro and brown
 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Prosecutor Shows Petulance Over Acquittal



Prosecutor Shows Petulance Over Acquittal

Myhre obviously took this loss way too personally, as he showed his immature response throughout the hearings.



Prosecutor Shows Petulance Over Acquittal
Photo of defendants night of their release. (Facebook)

Prosecutor Shows Petulance Over Acquittal

by Staff
Four defendants in the Bunkerville Retrial were found not guilty of 34 of 40 charges Tuesday in an embarrassing smack-down for the federal government in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Steven Stewart and Rick Lovelein were released after the jury found them not guilty on every charge the government had been holding them on for the past 18 months.
Eric Parker and Scott Drexler appeared before Judge Gloria Navarro on Wednesday morning for her ruling on their current “pre-trial” release
The Acting US Attorney showed his humiliation at the symbolic spanking the jury gave to his case by having his own “Mic-Drop” moments during the detention hearings.
Prosecutor Myhre gave every appearance at trying to stir the spectators, and possibly the defendants, into making a scene in the courtroom, thereby allowing Judge Navarro a reason to continue incarceration of these two men.
First making inflammatory statements, such as calling Eric Parker “a coward”, then pausing for dramatic effect. When no one would rise to his bait, he would continue on with more hateful rhetoric.
The prosecutor even attempted to use photos taken of the defendants outside the halfway house after their release as a reason to keep them incarcerated. Trying for the argument that their “Jury Nullification T-Shirts” showed a complete disregard for the court, he instead made it appear that he is so wound up over this case that he has taken to stalking these people every minute of the day.
He claims that the evidence is so overwhelming against these defendants that he is prepared to go back to trial immediately in his third attempt to find a jury that will agree with him.
The jury has acquitted Parker of 6 charges and deadlocked at 11-1 in favor of acquittal on the remaining 4 charges. This was after Judge Navarro gave every assistance to Myhre to further his prosecution and locked down the defense from presenting any case to defend their clients.
But even Judge Navarro seemed to think Myhre was stretching it when she asked him about his statements claiming Parker would just “hide again.” Navarro asked about how Parker was originally arrested.
Myhre had to roll back his misstatements and say that Parker was caught unawares and “did not have the opportunity to hide.” However, when Parker’s attorney addressed the court, he made it very clear that Parker had gone to the authorities on his own to turn himself in.
The prosecutor gave no slack to defendant Scott Drexler during his turn with Judge Navarro. AUSA Myhre stated (in another mic-drop moment) that Drexler lied on the witness stand. Judge Navarro didn’t even bite at that apple.
Navarro seemed only to have a problem with Mr. Drexler’s “Bug Out Bag” also known as a “Go Bag” or a “Get Home Bag”. She seemed highly concerned that he was fully equipped to take care of himself if he was caught in the woods or traveling on foot. Navarro even listed the items, such as “Fire-starter” and “zip ties”.
This concern only highlights the differences between people that live in the big cities (like Las Vegas) and the rural mountains of Idaho. “Get Home Bags” are a near requirement in your vehicle if you live outside the boundaries of Idaho suburbia. I, personally, am more concerned with anyone that does not have one.
Myhre obviously took this loss way too personally, as he showed his immature response throughout the hearings. With all of the pouting of the Acting US Attorney, he could not stop the release of these two men.
By his statements of his intention to retry, and the defense refusing to wave their rights to a speedy trial, Judge Navarro set a trial date for September 25th, with a status hearing for their final decision on August 31st.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Bryan Hyde Perspectives: The Bunkerville trial, what a modern lynching looks like



Bryan Hyde Perspectives: The Bunkerville trial, what a modern lynching looks like

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Federal Judge Gloria Navarro (left); sign at the Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada (right) | Composite image, St. George News

Written by Bryan Hyde St George News August 21, 2017

OPINION – Our news cycle was dominated this past week by the birth announcement of a destructive, tantrum-prone love child sired by masked socialist activists and their national socialist counterparts.
While the public’s attention is focused on whether this little monster looks more like its mother or its father, a very real injustice is taking place just out of view.
In this 2014 AP file photo, rancher Cliven Bundy, flanked by armed supporters, speaks at a protest camp near Bunkerville, Nevada, April 18, 2014. | AP file photo by John Locher/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, St. George News
The highly publicized, and sometimes blatantly distorted, narrative of events at Bundy Ranch three years ago made the Bundys a household name. No matter which version you choose to believe, it’s safe to say that what happened at Bunkerville was likely the most significant act of armed civil disobedience in the past 150 years.
The fact that it was done without bloodshed is rightly considered a miracle by many who were there.
Naturally, the federal government took a very dim view of being backed down by a bunch of mere citizens. Indictments were issued against 19 individuals accused of being part of a criminal conspiracy against the government.
The trial of these defendants was put on hold while brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with five other co-defendants, first stood trial in Oregon for their January 2016 occupation of a wildlife refuge. Federal prosecutors were incensed when the jury in that trial delivered a stunning acquittal of all seven defendants on charges of conspiracy against the federal government.
As the focus shifted to the trial of the first four defendants in Vegas, prosecutors and federal judge Gloria Navarro did everything in their power to tip the scales in favor of the government’s case.
Amazingly, the jury deadlocked and Navarro was forced to declare a mistrial.
What makes this noteworthy is that winning a conviction at the federal level is like shooting fish in a barrel. Well over 90 percent of those charged criminally by the feds end up pleading guilty without going to trial. Of those who go to trial, only a tiny percentage are found not guilty.
This is understandable when considering the virtually unlimited resources and manpower the federal government can bring to bear against someone upon whom its wrath is focused.
With all of these factors working in the government’s favor, convincing a jury that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt shouldn’t be that difficult. Judge Navarro appears to be taking no chances in the current retrial.
She seems to have forgotten that the jury’s job is not to punish on the state’s behalf. It is to see to it that justice is done by ensuring the government proves its case and due process is strictly and fairly observed.
With this in mind, Navarro has turned the concepts of a fair trial and justice on their head by denying the jury essential information that was provided in the first trial. She has suppressed evidence and testimony that would provide context – what the defendants saw, their intent and state of mind and any explanation of their actions at Bunkerville.
A complete breakdown of the scope of Navarro’s restrictions on the defense can be read here.
Setting aside whatever knee-jerk reaction you may or may not have to hearing the name “Bundy,” does this sound like the actions of an impartial judge who is representing the cause of justice? Or does it sound like the machinations of a vengeful functionary who is determined to win at any cost?
Jurors have been allowed to hear weeks of tedious, redundant and often contradictory testimony from the prosecution. Meanwhile, the defense has been figuratively bound and gagged at every turn.
Even when jurors, trying to get a clearer understanding, have posed specific questions to the judge, she has donned the persona of a slippery used car salesman who simply smiles and says, “Trust me.”
How can the jury render an impartial decision when they are denied facts that may point to serious deficiencies in the government’s case?
Jeremy Snow, a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney who has seen hundreds of trials, states that Navarro’s approach is anything but standard. Snow writes:
They have a right to explain why they were there. It goes to their state of mind or mens rea, one of the things the prosecution has to prove against them, and therefore one of the things they have a right to defend against. By denying them that right, she is literally denying them the right to a fair trial.
Observers in the courtroom have noted that Navarro’s slanted approach to this trial has left some jurors visibly aghast at her antics. The nullification that Navarro so clearly fears may end up being the result of her own heavy-handedness in the courtroom.
Jurors in Oregon and in the first Nevada trial clearly heard more truth than prosecutors wanted them to hear. That’s why they wouldn’t convict.
Navarro seems determined to prevent that from happening again.
Bryan Hyde is an opinion columnist specializing in current events viewed through the lens of common sense. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.