Bundy trial reaches closing arguments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The attorney for Ammon Bundy told jurors his client is being falsely accused as a conspirator.

In his closing argument Tuesday, Marcus Mumford said Bundy and others who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last winter made a peaceful stand - but a determined one- against what they saw as federal government overreach in the prosecution of two Oregon ranchers convicted of setting fires on public lands.

Bundy and six co-defendants are charged with conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs at the refuge through force, threat or intimidation.

Mumford said Bundy did not have a problem with the employees. The attorney said Bundy took with their employer - the federal government.

Meanwhile, earlier Tuesday a federal prosecutor told the jury that the case comes down to common sense.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight says the case is not about Western land policy, the 2014 standoff at Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch or what Ammon Bundy considered to be an unjust sentence for two local ranchers convicted of arson.

Those are all issues Bundy has raised or attempted to raise in his defense case.

Closing arguments for the others defendants will be held Wednesday.

KGW


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