Prosecutors in the trial of seven people who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have one main goal: to prove that the defendants conspired to obstruct federal employees from doing their jobs through force, intimidation or threats.Through testimony from Harney County Sheriff David Ward and occupation sympathizer Butch Eaton, the prosecution laid out their series of events up to and during the first moments of what would become a 41-day seizure.
As the trial enters its second week, the prosecution turns to the occupation itself. To do so, the government will rely on the testimony of refuge employees, several of whom are scheduled to testify Monday.
Also last week, Judge Anna Brown denied a motion from Ammon Bundy’s attorney, Marcus Mumford, to declare a mistrial.
OPB’s Conrad Wilson will be in court again this week to provide the latest updates. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.
Have you heard OPB’s new podcast all about the Malheur refuge occupation trial, “This Land Is Our Land?” Each week, OPB reporters and outside experts provide trial recaps, in-depth analysis and insight into the legal process of this case, and the broader political and philosophical issues at play. On the most recent episode, reporter Amanda Peacher heads back to Harney County to hear from community leaders and residents on life after the occupation.