We hear from Jurors No. 4 and 11, and ask what the U.S. attorneys have to do this time if they want a guilty verdict. Listen to “This Land Is Our Land” from Feb. 22, 2017.
Each week, OPB reporters — along with attorneys and other journalists — will provide trial recaps, in-depth analysis and insight into the legal process surrounding the high-stakes trial.
Bonus: The Jurors Talk
We hear from Jurors No. 4 and 11, and ask what the U.S. attorneys have to do this time if they want a guilty verdict.
Ep. 12: The Aftermath
A week after the verdict was delivered in the trial of the Malheur refuge occupiers, we discuss the consequences of the acquittal of Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with five other defendants.
Update: Harney County, Tribes, Federal Employees React To Verdict
At the end of our last update, we recommended you check out the full hour that OPB’s daily talk show “Think Out Loud” did on the verdict on Friday.
The show got into a lot of issues that we think the “This Land Is Our Land” audience will find interesting — like how Harney County residents, federal employees and the Burns Paiute tribe reacted to the verdict. So here it is.
Update: Listener Questions About The Verdict
We have a verdict in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge trial. But what comes next and what does it mean?
Questions have poured in since the seven co-defendants were acquitted Thursday, Oct. 27.
OPB’s Anna Griffin and Ryan Haas answer your questions about the trial, the verdict, what went wrong for the prosecution and what happens next.
Ep. 11: Verdict
Not guilty: That was the verdict the jury returned to brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five other occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The decision sparked celebration from supporters and even more questions as to what comes next.
Update: Juror Dismissed For Possible Bias
The prosecution, defense and judge agreed to dismiss juror No. 11 following accusations of bias. The jury must restart deliberation.
Update: Juror Questioned Over Potential Bias
A juror in the trial of Ammon Bundy and six others sent a note to the judge Tuesday, questioning the impartiality of juror No. 11 because he used to work for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Ep. 10: Jury Deliberation
OPB’s Amanda Peacher joins OPB News Director Anna Griffin to walk through the final hours in the courtroom.
Update: The Closing Arguments
OPB’s Amanda Peacher talks to journalist Leah Sottile about the last chance for the prosecution and defense to persuade the jury in the trial of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Update: The Defense Rests Its Case
OPB’s Kate Davidson and Conrad Wilson talk about the final moments of the trial before the case goes to the jury — including new revelations about government informants. They also discuss what closing arguments will be like before jury deliberations begin.
Ep. 9: The Heart Of The Issue — Public Lands
The occupiers argue the federal government can’t manage public lands as well as state, counties or private entities. They’d even like to see the land transferred. But that’s a pretty big political fight and a move environmental and conversation groups oppose.
Update: Online Radicalization, Mental Illness and David Fry
David Fry wasn’t a rancher. He wasn’t from the West. He wasn’t invested in the land transfer movement. He is a 26-year-old, half-Japanese computer aficionado from suburban Cincinnati, Ohio. He wore hoodies, not flannels.
On the newest episode of “This Land Is Our Land,” we look into Fry’s troubled youth, his mental health issues and what radicalized him.
Ep. 8: Guns And Gun Culture In Court
This week we ask: What kinds of limits are there on the right to bear arms? And how do the differences in gun culture play out in the courtroom?
Update: Ammon Bundy Finishes Testimony
A federal prosecutor only spent 15 minutes cross examining Ammon Bundy in federal court Thursday. That’s after Bundy’s defense attorney spent parts of three days questioning him about his time at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Update: More Testimony From Ammon Bundy
OPB reporter Conrad Wilson talks about some of the more notable moments of Ammon Bundy’s testimony on Wednesday.
Update: Ammon Bundy Takes The Stand
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation leader Ammon Bundy briefly took the stand Tuesday in federal court to defend his actions in taking over the refuge.
Ep. 7: About That Pocket Constitution …
What is the Constitution’s “enclave clause”? Occupiers like Ammon Bundy say it prevents the federal government from owning land. We explain.
Update: The Defense Begins Its Case
We dive into the opening day of the defense’s case for Ammon Bundy and six others accused of taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Then, we hear about what life is like on the Bundy Ranch in Nevada.
Update: The Government Rests Its Case
The prosecution rested its case after a gargantuan display of weapons and ammunition found at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge before handing off to the defense.
Ep. 6: The Movement Bigger Than The Bundys
The Bundy family is only a small part of what is known as the Patriot Movement. This episode examines the loosely-connected network of organizations united in the belief the federal government has overstepped its authority.
Update: The Government’s Secret Informant
Wednesday the jury heard a major revelation from the prosecution: the government had an informant embedded with Ammon Bundy and other leaders of the occupation. OPB’s Conrad Wilson and Ryan Haas also discuss the guns prosecutors brought into the courtroom and put on display for jurors.
Update: Refuge Employees Testify And Contested Bundy Interview
The testimony of two Malheur National Wildlife Refuge employees offered firsthand accounts of how work on the refuge was affected during the 41-day takeover of the grounds, plus a six-minute OPB interview with Ryan Bundy that prosecutors want the jury to hear. OPB’s Conrad Wilson joins OPB News Director Anna Griffin for a special mid-week “This Land Is Our Land” update.
Ep. 5: Going Back To Harney County
OPB reporter Conrad Wilson and The Guardian reporter Sam Levin recap the victories and losses for the government and occupiers in the first week of the Malheur occupation trial.
Then we return to Harney County with OPB reporter Amanda Peacher.
Update: First Witnesses
OPB’s Conrad Wilson reports on the first witnesses to take the stand in the Malheur refuge trial: Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, and a man who was at the refuge on the day the armed protestors began their occupation.
We also hear about the testimony of a lieutenant sheriff who said one occupier encouraged him to “remove Sheriff Ward by any means necessary, including death.”
Wilson joins OPB Producer Dave Blanchard for a special mid-week “This Land Is Our Land” to share what he heard.
Update: Opening Arguments
OPB reporter Conrad Wilson was in court to hear the opening statements from the federal government and the defense in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation trial. He breaks them down in a special update episode of “This Land Is Our Land.”
Ep. 4: The Trial Begins
After one week, the jury has been seated and opening arguments are set to begin. In this episode, “This Land Is Our Land” looks back at the first week of trial and what is to come.
Ep. 3: Pete Santilli Charges Dropped And Jury Selection
On the eve of the beginning of the Malheur trial, charges against one defendant were dropped. In this bonus episode of “This Land Is Our Land,” OPB looks at what happened and previews the jury selection process.
Ep. 2: Defense Strategy
OPB’s Conrad Wilson and Ryan Haas talk with Portland-based defense attorney Kevin Sali, who explains how defense attorneys go about trying to build a case for their clients when there is a mountain of documented evidence against them.
Ep. 1: Meet The Defendants
In the debut episode of “This Land Is Our Land,” OPB reporters Conrad Wilson, Amanda Peacher and former OPB reporter John Sepulvado take a closer look at the men and women charged with taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year.
Trailer: This Is Our Land
OPB’s “This Land Is Our Land” covers the trial of Ammon Bundy and the other people charged with taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon earlier this year.