Malheur defendant files lawsuit against judge

Kenneth Medenbach is representing himself

Kenneth Medenbach, one of the militia at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Jan. 3, 2016 (KOIN)
Kenneth Medenbach, one of the militia at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Jan. 3, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon standoff defendant who has had multiple clashes in court with the presiding judge has now filed a lawsuit against her.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against U.S. District Judge Anna Brown and prosecuting attorneys in his case, Kenneth Medenbach takes accuses Brown of failing to take an oath of office.

Medenbach, who is representing himself, has raised multiple questions about Brown’s oath of office during his criminal proceedings. He is one of 26 people being charged in connection to the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

In his complaint pro se, Medenbach calls for all plaintiffs to be released and that all pending criminal charges against standoff defendants be dismissed. He is also seeking $150,000 in damages for each plaintiff.

Brown declined to comment citing the ongoing criminal case

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