Fox News runs a report each week called, “What ever happened to…?” This week it covered the Bundy standoff.
Special Report host Bret Baier offers viewers the chance to ask for information on news stories that have faded out of the headlines. This week, a Fox viewer asked, “What ever happened to the Bundys?”
The Fox News report reveals that the Bundy family is now on trial. But the report from Fox News falls short. Thus, leaving the viewers with only a portion of the information. DML News fills in the gaps below.
In the Fox News piece (shown below), William La Jeunesse reports that brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy are in court this week with father Cliven. La Jeunesse explains correctly that the Nevada ranchers face charges of assault and obstruction after engaging in a standoff with federal agents over grazing rights on their land. If found guilty, they could face life in prison.
What Fox News failed to report is how long the three men have been waiting to stand trial. All three have been in prison for nearly two years waiting for their day in court.
Why so long?
The judge in the case made it so there would be numerous trials, claiming there were too many people to try in one big case. NOTE: In addition to the Bundy family being accused of crimes, some of the Bundy’s supporters face similar charges for participating at the standoff (described in video below).
The first trial, which did not include any members of the Bundy family, ended in a mistrial, and so it had to be retried before Amon, Ryan and Cliven received a court date, thus, extending their time in prison.
Fox News also failed to report that two more Bundy brothers remain in jail awaiting their trial date, which won’t be scheduled until the current trial with Ammon, Ryan and Cliven is complete.
The current trial is expected to last 3 to 4 months. Once a verdict is reached, the next trial date will be announced. Thus, making it so the two Bundy brothers spend more time in prison — perhaps as much as a year.
Fox News pointed out that the judge is an Obama appointee.
Full disclosure: DML News CEO Dennis Michael Lynch testified in the first trial and is expected to be called in as a witness in the existing and upcoming trials. See report below.