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Prosecutor describes tense, armed standoff at Cliven Bundy ranch: ‘We were outgunned’

Prosecutor describes tense, armed standoff at Cliven Bundy ranch: ‘We were outgunned’

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons repeatedly violated court orders to remove their cattle from public land while inciting and escalating an armed standoff with government agents near their Bunkerville ranch more than three years ago, federal prosecutors told a Las Vegas jury Tuesday.

Acting U.S. Atty. Steven Myhre laid out the government’s case against Bundy and two of his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with cohort Ryan Payne, during an opening statement that lasted about two hours.

The standoff, which ended when federal officials backed down and released Bundy’s cattle, helped the 71-year-old rancher attain folk-hero status in the eyes of those who say the federal...

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