Judge says prosecutors can’t retry Bundy over standoff

A federal judge ruled Monday that federal prosecutors could not retry rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons for an armed standoff in Nevada four years ago. U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial last month after determining that prosecutors had improperly withheld evidence that defense lawyers could have used on behalf of Bundy and alleged co-conspirator Ryan Payne. Navarro said government lawyers had violated the Brady rule requiring prosecutors to hand over evidence that could benefit defendants. “The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated,” Navarro said. It was the second time in a year that members of the Bundy family were cleared in trials stemming from standoffs over access to public land.

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