The gun-packing racist rancher was called "lawless and violent'' by prosecutors
|Cliven Bundy was completely discredited (among non-racist people) when he suggested African Americans were "better off as slaves."|
Judge orders Cliven Bundy held, citing 'ongoing defiance of federal court orders'By Maxine Bernstein
A federal judge Tuesday ordered Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to remain in custody pending trial on a complaint stemming from his 2014 standoff with federal agents trying to round up his cattle grazing on public land.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice M. Stewart found Bundy, 69, remains a danger to the community and a risk to flee, citing his "ongoing defiance of federal court orders.''
Bundy is expected to return to Nevada for his next court appearance, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nevada.
He was arrested by FBI agents last Wednesday night after he flew into Portland International Airport.
Bundy had come to Portland intending to protest against the continued detention of his sons, Ammon Bundy, 40, and Ryan Bundy, 43, and their co-defendants, stemming from their armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. He also planned to travel to the refuge outside of Burns to support four occupiers still there. That changed when FBI agents swept in and took him into custody at the airport shortly after he landed at 10:10 p.m.
A six-count federal complaint out of Nevada charges Cliven Bundy with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, assault on a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice, interference with commerce by extortion and two counts of carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
The complaint alleges that Bundy and four unnamed co-conspirators organized and led a massive armed assault against federal officers in and around Bunkerville, Nevada, in April 2014 to thwart them from seizing and removing 400 cattle on public land.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre argued that Cliven Bundy is "lawless and violent,'' drawing supporters to his ranch to prevent federal officers from doing their job.