The American Patriot Three Percent, The Light Foot Militia of 10 States, The Three Percenters – Original, AAF 3%, NCCPA, Oregon III%, Washington III%, California III%, Idaho III%, and the Real 3%ers of Idaho, all stand in solidarity as we make the following statement, publicly, in response to the egregious miscarriage of justice under Judge Navarro.
First, this case in its entirety should have never come to pass. The events that led up to the arrests and charges in relation to the protest that took place in 2014 in Bunkerville, Nevada, and has come to be known as the Bundy Ranch Stand Off, have been proven to be largely fabricated and grossly misrepresented by the prosecution.
Judge Gloria Navarro set the scene from day one for the prosecution to get away with blatant Brady violations. She then later admonished the prosecution for the same violations as she dismissed the case against the second round of defendants. These ground rules, which Judge Navarro set, resulted in three trials for the first case. These same rules set the tone for Todd Engel’s trial and resulted in his sentence of 14 years for crimes for which he was never convicted.
Judge Navarro clearly stated that in her court room the defendants in the case only had 3 rights:
The right to plead guilty
The right to testify on their own behalf (which was quickly to be taken away)
The right to appeal a conviction.
Judge Navarro also stated that the U.S. Constitution was banned from her courtroom, taking away any mention of the First or Second Amendments. The denial of the Constitution, which this case has had in its cross-hairs from the beginning, usurped the rights of American citizens.
Todd started out the trial defending himself against the charges filed against him which were as follows:
COUNT 1- Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States
(Todd answered a call of help from a fellow American as they were being watched by agents and snipers before the protest began. This was later to be proven to be one of the things that the prosecution kept from evidence)
COUNT 2- Conspiracy to Impede or Injure a Federal Officer
(Again, answering a call of help, only wanting to make sure no one, on either side got hurt)
COUNT 4- Interference of Commerce & Extortion
(This charge makes zero sense)
COUNT 5- Assault on a Federal Officer
(Not one Federal Officer was harmed during this protest, only protesters and supporters)
COUNT 6- Use and Carry of a Firearm
(This is where The Second Amendment Defense that was banned by Judge Navarro would have come in)
COUNT 8- Threatening a Federal Officer
(According to Judge Navarro and the Prosecutors in this case, having a firearm, even holstered, is threatening a Federal Officer)
COUNT 9- Use and Carry of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence
(Again the only violent actions taken were on the side of the Federal Officers. The protesters sang and prayed, some even worked in conjunction with the sheriff’s department. Todd was frequently seen talking with the officers who were there)
COUNT 12- Obstruction of Justice
(This is one of the two counts for which Todd was found guilty)
COUNT 15- Use and Carry of a Firearm
(There must have been slight differences between Count 6 and 15)
COUNT 16- Interstate Travel and Aide to Extortion
(This was the second count that Todd was found guilty on)
As Todd was defending himself he asked a question about Dan Love, the Special Agent in charge. Todd asked him if it was true that he was under criminal investigation. It was this question that caused Navarro to strip Todd of his right, which she called a privilege, to self-representation and then banned him from talking in her court room.
It was shortly after this that co-defendant Eric Parker was removed from the witness stand after mentioning the First Amendment Zones that had been set up, as well as mentioning federal snipers. He was then denied his right to testify in his own defense, and had his prior testimony stricken from the record.
As the Agents and officers on the ground were encouraged to tell how they were scared during the standoff and prompted to elaborate on their feelings; the defendants were not allowed to speak or to tell their side of the story. They were not allowed a defense. Todd was not allowed a defense.
The prosecution was later caught via a leak to have withheld massive amounts of evidence, evidence that the defense had even asked for and the prosecutors had denied.
They withheld exculpatory information. Information that, if Todd Engel and the others would have had during the first trial, I firmly believe would have shown them innocent of all charges or the lawyers would have been able to have the case dismissed.
The prosecution had in their possession PROOF that there were snipers on the mesa and that the agents were video recording the Bundy house and property before the protest, which is what prompted the call for help.
They withheld the threat assessments by the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit, Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Task Force, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and Gold Butte Cattle Impound Assessment stating that the Bundy’s were not likely to use violence or force.
The prosecutors felt empowered because of the foundation that Navarro laid out in the beginning. They were not counting on all the eyes, ears, and independent civilian watchdogs. They were not counting on the whistleblower Wooten.
Point is, Sessions, Navarro, Steve Myhre, and a myriad of others violated everything this country is founded on and have trampled the Constitution and need to be brought to justice. Todd Engle needs to be freed and his conviction overturned. The minute Judge Navarro dismissed the other two cases because of this misconduct she should have immediately rescinded her prior decisions in this case.
Todd was convicted of 2 crimes despite massive withholding of evidence by the prosecution. Judge Navarro sentenced him by listing all the charges, not just the charges for which he was convicted. She used Facebook posts of things that he said prior to the standoff. He was not sentenced by his actions during the standoff, but by his words on Facebook.
This case highlights the tyranny that has corrupted our federal system. Our Constitution has been trampled by out of control Federal Judges who legislate from the bench. Our forefathers would be disgusted to see us being turned from Citizens to Subjects. There is no good avenue to put our federal judges back into check. They serve a life term, and we have terrible unconstitutional judges like Navarro.
Enough is enough. As a UNITED voice, we call for JUSTICE. We call for Congress to impeach Judge Navarro.
FREE TODD ENGEL.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.” -Declaration of Independence.
The train of abuses is growing.