Thursday, February 4, 2016

Oregon Refuge Occupiers Facing 6 Years in Federal Prison

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The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge - Oregon
is maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Ammon Bundy - crackpot patriot

Ammon Bundy and other leaders of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation have been indicted, along with the holdouts still in the Oregon federal Refuge.   The armed men spouting crackpot constitutional law have conspired to obstruct people who want to go to the visitor center on bird watching or nature hike expeditions.   The government could well decide to issue a superseding indictment under the Ku Klux Klan Act, 18 USC 241.  But for now the Department of Justice is keeping it simple.  The indictment is limited to 18 U.S. Code § 372 - Conspiracy to impede or injure officer:

Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)
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If two or more persons in any State, Territory, Possession, or District conspire to prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat, any person from accepting or holding any office, trust, or place of confidence under the United States, or from discharging any duties thereof, or to induce by like means any officer of the United States to leave the place, where his duties as an officer are required to be performed, or to injure him in his person or property on account of his lawful discharge of the duties of his office, or while engaged in the lawful discharge thereof, or to injure his property so as to molest, interrupt, hinder, or impede him in the discharge of his official duties, each of such persons shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six years, or both.

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