An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Judge Will Send Cliven Bundy To Nevada To Face Charges

By Kimberley Freda (OPB)
Portland, Oregon Feb. 18, 2016 10:30 p.m.

Federal Magistrate Judge Janice M. Stewart approved an order to send embattled rancher Cliven Bundy back to Nevada to face a 16-count indictment.

Bundy was scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in U.S. District Court Friday in Portland.

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U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams filed a motion Thursday, requesting that the hearing be canceled, citing a federal indictment returned by grand jurors in Nevada this week.

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Williams requested U.S. Marshals transport Bundy to Nevada, according to the court filing.

Bundy was indicted Wednesday on charges related to a 2014 armed standoff he led against federal authorities attempting to seize cattle from his ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada, because of unpaid grazing fees.

Bundy told OPB he planned to come to Portland to bring attention to his two sons being held in jail. He was arrested at Portland International Airport on Feb. 10.

Also included in the indictment for the Nevada standoff are Bundy's sons, Ryan and Ammon Bundy, along with Oregon occupier Ryan Payne and conservative Internet radio show host Pete Santilli.

Cliven Bundy’s attorney, Noel Grefenson, did not object to the extradition request, Williams said in the filing.

Stewart granted the request. It was not immediately clear when Bundy would be extradited.

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