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Registered: 2008-10-17 PNW
But fair trials are the last thing that high-profile federal targets such as the Bundys are likely to receive. In the early 1990s, the federal government decided to take down Randy Weaver, an outspoken white separatist living on a mountaintop in northern Idaho. After Weaver was entrapped by a federal agent, U.S. Marshals trespassed on Weaver's land and killed his son. The Justice Department claimed that Weaver conspired to have an armed confrontation with the government. Bizarrely, the feds claimed that his moving from Iowa to near the Canadian border in 1983 was part of that plot.After a jury found Weaver not guilty on all major charges, federal Judge Edward Lodge issued a lengthy catalog of the Justice Departments and FBIs misconduct and fabrication of evidence in the case. A top FBI official was later sent to prison for destroying key evidence in the case.
Correction: They shot his dog, then his son, then shot his wife in the face through the front door while she was holding her infant child.
I read Gerry Spence's book about the trial. Randy's "outspoken views" were overblown and he never broke the law. He cut a shotgun barrel down under pressure but didn't cut it to a length less than the law allowed. He still had the piece he cut off and wouldn't you know it, more was missing! So odd.