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Jury Close To Verdict In Malheur Standoff Trial


Courtesy Multnomah County Sheriff Office

The jury in the trial of seven occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have reached a unanimous verdict on all but one count.

Judge Anna Brown removed juror No. 11 for cause after another juror questioned his impartiality. That juror was a former employee of the Bureau of Land Management and reportedly told other jurors at the beginning of deliberations that he was “very biased.”

The prosecution and all seven defense teams agreed to remove the juror and begin deliberations anew with an alternate juror in his place.

Brown told the rest of the jury Thursday morning to not speculate or discuss why they are a new group of 12. “That has happened, and has passed,” she said.

“Consider freshly the evidence as if previous deliberations never occurred,” said Brown.

The seven people on trial are charged with conspiring to impede federal employees from doing their jobs through the use of force, intimidation or threats.

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