Fed’s misconduct could derail Bundy-kook trial

A federal judge in Las Vegas ordered prosecutors in the Bundy Ranch standoff trials to turn over an investigative report accusing a key government witness of wrongdoing.

Judge Gloria Navarro denied motions to dismiss charges against 17 defendants who claimed the government withheld evidence by concealing misconduct allegations against the federal agent in charge of operations during the 2014 standoff.

Navarro said prosecutors had a duty to release a full copy of a report by the Department of Interior’s Office of the Inspector General naming the agent, calling it “material evidence” that could be used to impeach the government’s witness.

“The OIG Report details several violations of federal ethics regulations, misuse of government property, misuse of a government position, and ‘a lack of candor when interviewed,’ ” Navarro wrote in a ruling Wednesday. “At a minimum, (defendants) may use this alleged misconduct on cross-examination to impeach (the agent).”

Read the whole story in the Arizona Republic

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