PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A lawyer for the father of two men who led a standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon says he believes jurors saw through government efforts to brand the occupiers as terrorists.
Joel Hansen, attorney for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, called the Oregon acquittal of Bundy’s sons, Ammon and Ryan, and five others a triumph for liberty against the oppressive U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Hansen said Friday that he hopes for the same result in the criminal case against the Bundys in a 2014 armed standoff at the father’s ranch. It’s set for trial in February.
Hansen also heads the Independent American political party in Nevada. He says he sees “seething anger” about how the federal government oversees vast stretches of land in Western states.
He says farmers, ranchers, miners, loggers and Native Americans are being “managed off” public land.