Bundy urges Ore­gon jurors to ‘stand for free­dom’

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

PORT­LAND, Ore. — Na­tional wildlife refuge oc­cu­pier Ryan Bundy twice ref­er­enced the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. dur­ing his clos­ing ar­gu­ment Wed­nes­day, and he told jurors to “stand for free­dom” and find him not guilty.

Bundy, 43, is among seven de­fen­dants be­ing tried on a charge of con­spir­ing to im­pede fed­eral work­ers from do­ing their jobs dur­ing last win­ter’s oc­cu­pa­tion of the Mal­heur Na­tional Wildlife Refuge in Ore­gon. Jurors are ex­pected to be­gin de­lib­er­a­tions Thurs­day, cap­ping a six-week trial.

Act­ing as his own at- tor­ney, Bundy quoted King at the be­gin­ning and to­ward the end of his hour­long ar­gu­ment, say­ing in­jus­tice any­where is a threat to jus­tice ev­ery­where. Bundy said that ex­plains why he joined the protest in sup­port of two ranch­ers he be­lieves were wrongly im­pris­oned.

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