In Las Vegas today the fight in the courtroom was one about who should be a juror or not.
The prosecution not wanting a member of the pool who discussed the Uranium One scandal.
The defense not wanting a member of the pool who wants more gun control laws.
The Constitution of the United States was the focus of defendant Ryan Bundy’s questioning of jury pool members. Bundy is arguing in his own defense at the trial.
He stated that the Constitution was the supreme law of the land and asked if the pool members agree with that notion.
Bundy also asked if jury pool members believe that rights come from God. One said No that rights should not come from a religious perspective.
Ammon Bundy’s defense lawyer was concerned that one potential juror used a “certain herb” and was concerned that use would distort their ability to deliberate the case.
At the end of the day, US District Judge Anna Navarro agreed to remove three jurors for cause, one who spoke about “Uranium One”, one who worked in Senator Harry Reid’s office, the one who used the “particular herb” mentioned earlier.
Judge Navarro ruled on the role of an assistant to Ammon Bundy’s defense lawyer Morgan Philpot.
Philpot wanted to have Rick Koerber with a phone and laptop sitting with him at the defense table during the trial.
Koerber recently faced criminal charges in federal court in Salt Lake City being accused of money related charges. The jury was unable to reach verdicts and a mistrial was declared.
Koerber’s defense attorney was Marcus Mumford, Philpot’s law partner and Ammon Bundy’s defense lawyer in the first Oregon Standoff trial.
(Marcus Mumford was tackled, tased and arrested by federal marshals in the courtroom at the end of that trial after the not guilty verdicts for all defendants were read. Although criminal charges were dropped against Mr. Mumford, the chief federal judge in Oregon is trying to have Mumford disbarred from the federal court in Oregon)
Judge Navarro decided that Koerber can have the phone and laptop but he’ll have to sit at the front row of the public gallery and he must cover the laptop’s camera and microphone with yellow tape. She does want Koerber to record or broadcast anything from the courtroom.
She also expressed her fear of ‘provocative false information being provided that will raise a security risk in court’.
The judge is also allowing Ryan Bundy, who’s arguing in his own defense, to meet with the defense lawyers before and after court each day.
BUT THERE REMAINS THE FACT THAT AMMON AND RYAN BUNDY ARE STILL NOT SHAVED AFTER THEIR TRANSFER FROM THE PRIVATELY OWNED JAIL IN PAHRUMP TO THE HENDERSON DETENTION CENTER. IN A VIDEO POSTED TODAY AMMON’S WIFE LISA SAYS THEY ARE BEING HELD IN A SMALL ROOM, A ‘HOLDING TANK’. THEY AT LEAST GOT A SHOWER THIS WEEK, BUT STILL WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES.
Trial observer John Lamb reports that the remaining group of 49 prospective jurors should be whittled down to 16 tomorrow (12 jurors and 4 alternates).