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The Real Deal (Part 4)

The Real Deal (Part 4)

y the time Cliven reached eighteen, he’d already become a talented dirt-work equipment operator. He was registered with the Union as a Journeyman and would get called to work all over the west, working even as far away as Los Angeles, driving a paddle scraper to level land for building pads. While working there in 1965, the fella he was working for “kinda went bankrupt” so, the John Deere manager came to him and asked if Cliven wanted to take over the payments on the equipment and continue working. He agreed, thinking that it seemed to be a good opportunity.

One of his jobs was on the south side of Los Angeles. He positioned his equipment at the job site and checked into a nearby hotel so he could just walk to work. He had left his car back in Long Beach, figuring that once he was done with his current job, he would just move to another job.

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The Real Deal (Part 3)

The Real Deal (Part 3)

He continued. “I had about three months of doctorin’ and stretchin’ the tubes ’til I was 14. Then, I started gettin’ better. It’s what kept me outta Vietnam or I’d gone for sure. I was one of the first in the draft.” Cliven was now looking down from the screen of the TV mounted high on the wall above.

“After high school, I just went to farmin’ … didn’t really like school, so college never entered my mind. I like running equipment,” he stated with conviction.

“At four years old, my dad got a new Ford tractor. When it was delivered, I want to be the one to drive it off the trailer, in fact I insisted. Now, that’s a big deal for an adult, let alone a little kid. He set up ’em ramps on the lowboy trailer and said ‘get up there, then!’ so I did. I back that brand-new tractor right off ’a there! Right down them ramps! By eight, I was drivin’ it alone, using both feet to press down the clutch. I was still a little guy and I didn’t have enough 36 strength to push down the clutch with one leg. So, I’d swing my other leg over on the left side and just stand on the clutch with both feet. Shift the gears, then hop back up onto the seat. My momma, worr’in’ like mommas do, asked me one day; ‘What if you get into trouble?’ ‘I just turn off the key,’ I told her with great confidence.

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Cliven Bundy | Bundy Update: A Friend of the Court

Bundy Update: A Friend of the Court

In my last post, I wrote about the then-latest twist in the court case against Cliven Bundy and three other defendants: This past February, Federal Prosecutors filed an appeal seeking to overturn U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro’s January 2018 dismissal of the case against the four. In tossing out the charges in January 2017, Navarro pointed to the failure by the government to turn over crucial evidence, calling it “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct” and a violation of due process. Speaking for the government in appealing Navarro’s decision, Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth White called the government failure “simple inadvertence.”
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Bundy Appeal Update: Just a Handful of Documents? (Part 2)

Bundy Appeal Update: Just a Handful of Documents? (Part 2)

As we saw last time, the documents actually strengthen the defense. The first two uncovered the tip of prosecutorial deceit: The prosecution-termed “certain maps” which actually confirm the breadth of law enforcement agency involvement and deployment – facts both material to the defense and denied by the prosecution in Navarro’s court. And the BLM Internal Affairs’ Mojave Desert Tortoise Habitat Report, whose existencethey denied in Navarro’s court, but had actually been used to get the court order to remove Bundy’s cattle from his ranch’s grazing range rights triggering the events leading to the trial.
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