Judge to Cliven Bundy: You can’t represent self

Jury selection set for October 10

Rancher Cliven Bundy stands along the road near his ranch after speaking with media Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Bunkerville, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Rancher Cliven Bundy stands along the road near his ranch after speaking with media Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Bunkerville, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)

.LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada cattleman and state’s rights figure Cliven Bundy still has a lawyer representing him for his upcoming trial stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents.

Defense attorney Bret Whipple said Wednesday a U.S. magistrate judge refused to allow Bundy to represent himself, because Bundy won’t recognize federal authority over rangeland at the center of his grazing dispute with the government.

Jury selection is due to start Oct. 10 in U.S. District Court for Bundy, two sons and four other men – including two defendants whose retrial ended last month with acquittal on most charges.

Those two defendants still face assault on a federal officer and weapon counts.

Bundy, sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy, and two other defendants are accused of leading a conspiracy to enlist a self-styled militia members to prevent federal agents from removing Bundy cattle from what is now Gold Butte National Monument.

(L-R) Ammon Bundy, Cliven Bundy, Ryan Bundy, February 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
(L-R) Ammon Bundy, Cliven Bundy, Ryan Bundy, February 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)