“Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy yesterday claimed a legal victory in his long-running feud with the federal government, but observers say it is unlikely his triumph will enliven anti-government activists — at least for now.
A three-judge panel in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Justice Department's bid to force a new criminal trial of Bundy and two of his children over their roles in a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents near Bunkerville, Nev. (E&E News PM, Aug. 6).
The decision ends a more than six-year public battle — and more than 20 years of what had been a parochial spat with federal land managers — sparked by the Bureau of Land Management's attempts to seize Bundy's cattle for unpaid grazing fees and trespass fines.
In response, Bundy and his family rallied heavily armed supporters, including some private militia groups, to blockade BLM's roundup, and ultimately forced the government agents to abandon their efforts.”