Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice

Rachael McDonald

Two days after a man who denies climate science was elected President of the United States, a federal judge in Eugene says she won’t dismiss a lawsuit filed by 21 young people. The kids are suing the federal government for not doing enough to combat climate change.

Attorneys for the federal government said Monday that U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown should not allow Ryan Payne to rescind his guilty plea.

Payne, 33, worked closely with Ammon Bundy and others to carry out an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January.

Brian Bull

Eugene Police have stepped up their presence in the downtown, particularly in the Park Blocks area.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Brian Bull

Among those reacting to yesterday’s acquittal in the Malheur occupation case is Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden.  

The end of the six-week trial for seven people who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon can be summed up in two words: not guilty.

A 12-person jury found occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty Thursday of the government's primary charge: conspiracy to impede federal officers by force, threat or intimidation. Their five co-defendants — Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, David Fry, Kenneth Medenbach and Neil Wampler — have all been found not guilty as well.

Oregon State Police.

As Oregon State Police continue looking into the unlawful killing of a bull elk in Douglas County, a hunters’ group has added to the reward money being offered.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this is one of the latest in a string of poaching cases. 

Malheur Occupation Trial Goes To Jury

Oct 20, 2016

Closing arguments are finished in the trial of seven people charged in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year. The case now heads to the 12-person jury for deliberation.

Attorney Matt Schindler, hybrid counsel for defendant Ken Medenbach, delivered a thunderous argument to the jury in defense not just of his client, but of the occupation as a whole.

“How did any of these people benefit from protesting the death of rural America?” Schindler said.

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A new court launched this week in Lane County.  It’ll divert people with mental illness away from the standard criminal justice system.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports: 

Brian Bull

An initiative to help low-level offenders in Eugene get help instead of jail time is celebrating its first month, and graduate.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Ammon Bundy, one of seven occupiers currently on trial for the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon, took the witness stand for the second time Wednesday.

Bundy offered a sprawling testimony that encompassed his Mormon faith, weapons, the U.S. Constitution and Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, among other things.

Bundy’s testimony, which lasted most of Wednesday and is expected to continue Thursday, illustrated some of his motivations in the takeover — and how it rubbed off on fellow occupiers.

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