- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cliven Bundy will stay behind bars until his trial next year for the 2014 standoff with federal authorities at his Bunkerville, Nevada, ranch, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Attorneys for the 70-year-old cattle rancher had asked U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro to release him until he’s tried in February along with 18 others for a slew of federal offenses.

The judge denied a motion to have Mr. Bundy released on bail, saying the rancher, who faces conspiracy, assault, obstruction and extortion charges, poses a flight risk and is a danger to the community, NBC’s local affiliate reported.

Judge Navarro also rebuffed the defense’s efforts to have her recuse herself from the case because she was appointed to the bench by Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, whom the defense says is conspiring with President Obama to prevent the ranchers from having a fair trial.

The defense’s “spurious allegations raise very serious concerns” about whether Mr. Bundy is being adequately represented in the high-stakes case, the judge said, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Attorneys for the rancher lashed out after the opinion was announced, vowing to appeal.

“This is one of the most egregious displays of misconduct I’ve seen in my 40 years as a lawyer,” Larry Klayman told the newspaper. “Her order openly seeks to protect Harry Reid.”

Fellow defense attorney Joel Hansen said he was disappointed but “not surprised.

“I didn’t think she was going to rule in our favor, but of course, lawyers need to make a record for the appellate court,” he told the NBC affiliate. “We have plenty of evidence we have corruption going on here.”

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