Acquittals in Oregon standoff case could embolden anti-government movement | The Kansas City Star – “The government took them to court, they played the government’s game and they won,” said Bob Harris, a former Federal Bureau of Prisons case manager who teaches law enforcement officers how to identify and handle militant extremists. “I think it’s a spark that could lead to some real potential problems. And it’s going to spread not only through the West but all throughout the anti-government groups across the country.” Federal prosecutors had charged brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others with conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs through intimidation, threat or force during the occupation earlier this year of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. On Thursday, a federal jury in Portland found all seven defendants not guilty. “I’m kind of at a loss for words,” said Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst for the Department of Homeland Security. “Obviously, the prosecution’s strategy and case wasn’t convincing enough — or else you had a sympathetic jury.”
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