Bundy urges Oregon jurors to ‘stand for freedom’
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.