Judge gives ‘special accommodations’ for Malheur militia

Judge allowed defendants to meet with attorneys, each other

Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy in a photo taken after being returned to Portland following arraignment on separate federal charges in Nevada, April 25, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy in a photo taken after being returned to Portland following arraignment on separate federal charges in Nevada, April 25, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A federal judge says he allowed six of the defendants accused in the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge to meet with their attorneys — and sometimes with each other — at a special courthouse location after they complained about access to their attorneys.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones said in the declaration Friday that he at first kept the meetings “off the record” to avoid publicity because the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office was concerned other inmates at the county jail would want similar treatment.

The defendants in the ranching standoff prosecution are being housed at the Multnomah County Jail, but they face federal charges.

They complained in court papers in May that they couldn’t prepare for a federal trial from county jail with no access to electronic files.

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