It’s been a while since the standoff at the Oregon wildlife refuge orchestrated by a bunch of anti-government domestic terrorists headed by Ammon Bundy (son of welfare rancher Cliven Bundy), but this isn’t even close to being settled. After all, there are still criminal trails to contend with where the defendants are a bunch of loons who somehow seem to think that they’re exempt from having to abide by federal laws.
So we can all imagine how that’s going to go.
Well, in a move that should shock no one, Ammon Bundy’s defense team is trying to get the charges dismissed on the grounds that the federal government doesn’t have any jurisdiction over federal lands. Therefore the occupation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge wasn’t unlawful and all the individuals currently facing federal charges should be set free.
Basically, their “defense” is the exact same logic they had going into the occupation of the wildlife refuge to begin with: That the federal government doesn’t have the right to control federal lands.
The most absurd thing about this type of defense is that the Supreme Court has already ruled on cases such as this, so a precedent has already been set. What these anti-government lunatics are really trying to argue is that they should be able to abide by their own “law of the land.” And even though the argument these people are trying to make has already been struck down by the courts in the past, they don’t seem to believe that the Supreme Court (you know, the highest court in the land created by the Constitution) has the ability to rule on such matters.
If you’re saying to yourself, “None of this makes any sense!” – you’re right, it doesn’t.
The basic argument these (or most) anti-government radicals use is that they don’t have to obey federal laws or rules because they don’t think they should have to. Then when courts side with the federal government, they seem to think that those rulings aren’t binding because somehow they believe that these rulings aren’t legally permissible.
I can pretty much guarantee you that these buffoons are going to use appeal after appeal after appeal to argue that none of their possible convictions (which are almost certainly coming) are legally binding. They’re going to cry that these judicial proceedings are based on a legal entity (the federal government) that doesn’t have the authority to carry out or administer whatever sentences they’ll ultimately receive.
Though I will say I’m looking forward to when the trials actually begin because I cannot wait to laugh at their lawyers trying to make these absurd arguments in court. Then after the whole country has had a good laugh at the foolishness of these anti-government fanatics, they’ll likely get to spend some more time in a federal building – only this time it’ll be inside a federal prison.
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