Published August 16, 2018
Last week, Lovelien and Stewart brought a lawsuit against their prosecutors and other figures directly and indirectly involved with the raid. Named in the lawsuit are disgraced former FBI Director James Comey, former Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement Director Daniel P. Love, former BLM Director and staffer for Senator Harry Reid, Neil Kornze…
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Defendants Rick Lovelien and Steven Stewart were tried and acquitted by a federal court on charges related to their roles in an April 2014 standoff against federal agents who raided the Bundy Ranch in southern Nevada. The charges against Lovelien and Stewart, Cliven, Ryan and Ammon Bundy and others were summarily dismissed by a federal judge last December due to rampant prosecutorial misconduct.
Last week, Lovelien and Stewart brought a lawsuit against their prosecutors and other figures directly and indirectly involved with the raid. Named in the lawsuit are disgraced former FBI Director James Comey, former Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement Director Daniel P. Love, former BLM Director and staffer for Senator Harry Reid, Neil Kornze, and Steven Myhre, the U.S. Attorney for the State of Nevada. Others named in the complaint include Daniel Bogden, Daniel Scheiss, Nadia Janjua Ahmed, Joel Willis, former Clark County, Sheriff Doug Gillespie, Sheriff Lombardo, the BLM, the FBI and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.
Daniel P. Love was demoted from his position as law enforcement director with the BLM in 2017 after evidence of egregious lawlessness in his office, as well as his own criminality, including stealing federal property and destruction of evidence, came to light. The “Wooten Letter,” a shocking whistleblower expose’ was corroborated by Interior Department Inspector General’s Office investigations of Love and others which detailed shocking behavior and lawbreaking on the parts of BLM law enforcement officers, FBI agents and federal prosecutors involved in the Bundy Ranch raid and ensuing prosecutions. Their misdeeds include destruction of evidence, withholding of exculpatory evidence, intimidation, sexual harassment and lying about the presence of federal snipers at the scene of the raid. James Comey was FBI Director at the time of the raid and the lawsuit points to his culpability in the corrupt and illegal operations of his agency.
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As Tim Pearce writes in Daily Caller:
Two men charged and acquitted for their roles in the 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff are suing the federal government for damages from the “demonstrably false charges,” according to the men’s attorney.
Rick Lovelien and Steven Stewart were brought up on 10 charges including conspiracy and assault of a federal agent after they participated in a standoff with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy against Bureau of Land Management (BLM) law enforcement officers. Lovelien and Stewart were acquitted of all charges and released from prison on Aug. 22, 2017.
The men are suing the federal prosecutors involved in the case, the BLM, FBI and various former and current officials including former FBI director James Comey. The plaintiffs are suing for $60 million in damages.
The lawsuit claims the defendants were “entrapped” by federal agents, “maliciously” charged for crimes they did not commit, and that they were not afforded due process by their prosecutors. Larry Klayman, who is representing Lovelien and Stewart, announced the lawsuit in a press release which said, in part:
…The plaintiffs’ complaint, which was filed in D.C. federal court (case no. 18-cv-01869) alleges that the prosecutors, without any evidence, falsely entrapped, charged and then maliciously prosecuted Lovelien and Stewart for obstruction of justice, along with several other demonstrably false charges.
Lovelien and Stewart were then denied bail by a Senator Harry Reid and Obama-appointed federal Judge Gloria Navarro and were left to “rot” in prison for two years before they were finally tried. During this time, the plaintiffs allegedly suffered great emotional distress, physical harm, and financial damage. The complaint also seeks punitive damages.
The jury ultimately acquitted both Lovelien and Stewart based on the complete lack of any evidence that they had committed any crime, much less conspired with Cliven Bundy and his sons.
…it was also revealed that the prosecutors had hidden exculpatory evidence and their witnesses from the FBI and BLM had lied, under oath, both at the Lovelien/Stewart trial and the Bundys’ trial. Judge Navarro was thus forced to dismiss the supersedeas indictment against the Bundys. To this date, Attorney General Sessions has protected his prosecutors and taken no action to even discipline them. Recently, Sessions outrageously authorized them to appeal the Bundy dismissal.