**Jury acquits leaders of Malheur wildlife refuge standoff **
Standoff leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others were charged with conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.PORTLAND — In a thorough defeat for federal prosecutors, jurors Thursday acquitted the leaders of a standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon that brought new attention to a long-running dispute over control of federal lands in the U.S. West.
A “stunning victory for rural America” is how Neal Wampler, one of the defendants, described the verdicts.
The jury found brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty of having a firearm in a federal facility and conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs early this year at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 300 miles southeast of Portland. Five co-defendants also were tried on one or both of the charges.
“Conspiring to impede federal workers”? Why weren’t the people on trial for terrorism? There should never have been a standoff, once they refused to surrender the Feds should have gone in blasting.