Ammon Bundy's attorney Mike Arnold speaks with the media before the Malheur refuge occupation ended in February.

Ammon Bundy’s attorney Mike Arnold speaks with the media before the Malheur refuge occupation ended in February.

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Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis has filed a ethics complaint with the Oregon State Bar against two Eugene attorneys who represent the now-jailed leader of an armed occupation of the Malheur Natural Wildlife Refuge.

Marquis argues in the complaint that Ammon Bundy’s lawyers, Mike Arnold and Lissa Casey, may have violated an ethics rule that limits pretrial statements by attorneys. The Eugene attorneys have held a series of news conferences in recent weeks to discuss the case and have released recorded statements from Bundy.

Marquis wrote in the complaint that he believes that the news conferences are designed to reach “and influence possible jurors who, if this matter goes to trial, would be the triers of fact.”

Casey offered the following response to Marquis’ complaint: “Mike and I were shocked to find out that the chief law enforcement officer in a county doesn’t know the law on pretrial publicity. As with the past frivolous complaints, this complaint will not deter our resolve to seek justice for Ammon. We will continue to fight for him.

Read more at the Register-Guard.