Ammon Bundy and six others were on trial charged with conspiracy in the 41-day takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon last winter.
But after yesterday's verdict, many people are left angry and concerned how this could influence other potential protesters and future cases.
Former Idaho Attorney General David Leroy says in order for the trial outcome to be used as a defense for a future case, the decision would have to come from a judge in a trial or appellate court.
However, that's not to say the case couldn’t influence other demonstrators.
But according to Leroy, that's not the takeaway in this case.
He believes the current mood of rural America should be taken further into consideration when prosecuting future cases.
“It appears our federal government is not as sensitive and compliant as it needs to be to local issues, interests and people,” said Leroy.
Leroy also likened the Bundy case to O.J. Simpson versus the People back in 1995, where the public watching the case at home may have thought the evidence against the defendant was iron clad but the outcome was jury nullification.
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