In what seems a sudden and surprising reversal of her prior denial of release for the Bundys and Ryan Payne as their trial proceeds in Nevada, Judge Gloria Navarro has granted release from prison for Cliven and Ammon Bundy, and Ryan Payne. She had previously reversed her decision to deny Ryan Bundy release, allowing him to move to a halfway house on November 13, 2017.
This decision to release the defendants came after a sealed hearing, details of which are still not publicly available.
Ammon Bundy walked out of the courthouse early Thursday with his family to be greeted by a crowd of supporters and the press.
Cliven Bundy has refused the conditions of release, opting to remain in prison. His attorney, Brett Whipple, stated, “to be released, he would have to agree to conditions. In his opinion, he’s not willing to take a deal with the government when he hasn’t done anything wrong to begin with…. He’s very principled and he doesn’t want to violate those principals and I respect that.”
Ryan Payne was also granted release, pending approval from Judge Anna Brown in Oregon federal court. Payne still faces sentencing in Oregon for his role in the 2016 Malheur Wildlife refuge occupation. A hearing is scheduled for 3:00pm today (Friday) in the Portland federal courthouse.
The trial in Nevada is expected to resume December 11, 2017.
Update, 12/2/2017: Ryan Payne was released Friday, 12/1/2017. It looks as though there will be a release hearing for Dave and Mel Bundy, Joseph O’Shaughnessy, and Jason Woods on Monday. Here are the conditions for release.