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cliven bundy standoff trial to test public land policies

nevada rancher cliven bundy and his sons ammon bundy, and ryan bundy and co-defendant ryan payne. (multnomah county sheriff’s office via ap) by ken ritterlas vegas (ap) — a stubborn rancher’s refusal to recognize federal authority in the west will be presented to a jury in las vegas, where a trial is set to start tuesday for cattleman cliven bundy, two of his sons and a co-defendant accused of leading a 2014 armed standoff against government agents.acting u.s. attorney steven myhre, the lead prosecutor, has accused the bundys of trying to instigate a “range war” against federal agents who were enforcing lawful court orders after bundy racked up more than $1.1 million in unpaid fees and penalties letting cattle graze for decades in what is now gold butte national monument.defense attorneys say the four men didn’t conspire with anyone and didn’t wield weapons. they say no shots were fired in the standoff near bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of las vegas.each defendant faces 15 felony charges, including conspiracy, assault and threats against federal officers, firearms counts, obstruction and extortion. stacked together, convictions on all charges carry the possibility of more than 170 years in prison.the trial sets up as a test of public land policies in western u.s. states such as nevada, where the federal government controls about 85 percent of the land and juries have twice balked at full convictions of men who had guns during the tense april 2014 confro...