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STUNNER: Ammon And Ryan Bundy Acquitted In Oregon Standoff Trial

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Twenty six people were charged in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff. Nearly a dozen, however, took plea deals. Ammon and Ryan Bundy were part of the first trial. Another trial for seven more individuals is scheduled for February, according to BuzzFeed.

The acquittal is a major loss for federal officials who are also preparing another case against Ammon and Ryan Bundy as well as their father Cliven Bundy for their involvement in the 2014 Nevada ranch standoff.

Neal Wampler, a defendant in the trial, told the Seattle Times that the acquittals was a “stunning victory for rural America.”

Prosecutors had tried, according to news reports, to provide evidence that the Bundy brothers had conspired and planned the refuge takeover in advance while the defense alleged it was spontaneous and nothing more than civil disobedience.

As the Seattle Times pointed out, U.S. Fish and Wildlife have said that the damage to Malheur after the standoff exceeded $4 million.

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Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.