Prosecutors to appeal judge's ruling in Bundy case

Cliven Bundy arrested by FBI in Portland, Photo Date: 2016 Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal prosecutors will appeal a judge's dismissal of felony conspiracy and weapons charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth White wrote in papers filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that "the solicitor general has authorized the government's appeal."

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro threw out the case against Bundy, his sons, Ammon and Ryan, and independent militia member Ryan Payne a year ago after finding "flagrant prosecutorial misconduct."

The government's opening brief is expected to be filed by Feb. 6.

One of Bundy's lawyers, Larry Klayman, said in part: "My client Cliven Bundy will win this appeal, as he and his sons previously prevailed."

The Bundys and others were charged after a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents who tried to execute a court order to round up Cliven Bundy's cattle.

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