Cliven Bundy fires lawyer as Vegas trial nears

Trial for Cliven, Ammon and Ryan set to begin October 10

Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks to media while standing along the road near his ranch Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Bunkerville, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks to media while standing along the road near his ranch Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Bunkerville, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Cliven Bundy’s defense attorney says the Nevada cattleman and state’s rights figure is firing him, less than three weeks before trial stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents.

Attorney Bret Whipple filed documents Thursday asking Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro for a hearing as soon as possible about withdrawing from the case.

Whipple says the decision is Bundy’s. He says he doesn’t know if Bundy has another lawyer or intends to represent himself.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the move will affect the trial schedule. Jury selection is set to start Oct. 10 for Bundy, two sons and four other men – including two defendants whose retrial ended last month with acquittal on most charges and no verdicts on assault on a federal officer and weapon counts.

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