❝ Jailed Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy refused Thursday to acknowledge federal authority and declined to enter a plea to federal charges that he led an armed standoff against a round-up of cattle two years ago.
After several minutes of confusion about whether Bundy had a lawyer, U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Hoffman entered a not guilty plea on Bundy’s behalf and scheduled a detention hearing March 17.
Arguments then will focus on whether the 69-year-old Bundy should remain in custody pending trial on 16 charges, including conspiracy, assault and threatening a federal officer, obstruction and firearms offenses.
❝ Joel Hansen, a Nevada attorney who has represented property rights advocates in a number of cases in the state, served as Bundy’s attorney…Hansen said Bundy’s refusal to enter a plea was a statement that he couldn’t have done anything wrong because federal law doesn’t apply.
Bundy has consistently denied U.S. government authority over rangeland around his 160-acre cattle ranch and melon farm in Bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
Federal BLM officials said in 2014 that he owed more than $1.1 million in fees and penalties for grazing hundreds of cows illegally for about 20 years…
All functional questions regarding taxation by a republican federal government were settled over 150 years ago. Details and challenges come forward every now and then; but, the essentials are settled.
You live in this country you are subject to its laws. Like many others I’ve challenged what I felt were unjust laws – including outside the confines of jurisprudence. Since I was confronting racist laws and bigoted judicial systems in segregated states, I agreed that the protocols of non-violent confrontation, non-violent resistance were best. At the same time I supported our right to armed self-defence.
Little or nothing the Bundy militia creeps has done in their cause ever fit within those definitions. Anarchy gets no support here. Refusing to pay your taxes because you’re a greedy self-centered cattle rancher doesn’t impress either.