The feds decided to charge them with, "conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats."
No federal officials were at the refuge when they arrived. None actually told them to leave. Visitors freely came and went.
The only substantiated violence came when police killed one of the occupiers trying to evade a roadblock.
Out of the several dozen occupiers, no less than fifteen were federal informants (and those are just the ones who testified at the trial).
None of the Bundys were actually released, as they still face federal charges from the cattle standoff in Nevada. When their lawyer objected to this, he was dogpiled by federal marshals and the courtroom was cleared.
Honestly, we should be glad they weren't prosecuted. Yeah, they're morons. Yeah, they're a pain in the ass. Yeah, they're about as unsettling as a kindergarten cherry bomb improvisation contest.
The feds still failed to convict them of a serious charge because they didn't bother to stop and think about prosecuting them for what they've done as opposed to prosecuting them for who they are.
Not only failed, but miserably failed.
One official trying to come in to go to work and being turned away is all it would've taken.
And what do I wake up to see? A long line of facebook bitching because these slack-jawed yokels got away with it.
Some bitch because they weren't prosecuted for who they are (although most never did bother to learn the difference).
And too damn many bitching because white privilege explains it all. Because stopping to think takes too long, doesn't it?
Fucking A, we deserve whatever president we get out of this jugfuck of a year.
Oh, the reason the Bundys weren't convicted of having firearms on federal property?
Well, the building itself wasn't properly marked, so they couldn't be prosecuted for having them inside the building.
As for the land itself, the ban doesn't apply to federal parks or nature preserves. After a 20-year ban, that provision was overturned by President Obama his first month in office.