The men have been jailed in Portland since January for their roles in a 41-day standoff with government authorities at an Oregon wildlife refuge. They wanted public lands relinquished to local control.
Payne’s attorney, Lisa Hay, sought the emergency order Wednesday, saying the men shouldn’t be transferred until the Oregon case is over. She said sending them to Nevada would violate their right to have a speedy trial and effective counsel in Oregon.
U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown granted the request. Her interim order also applies to at least two other Oregon defendants charged in the Nevada case.
Timeline: The Armed Occupation Of The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
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