I-Team: Another twist in the federal Bundy trial

LAS VEGAS - Another twist in the trial surrounding the armed standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada more than three years ago.

A government employee may have flipped for the defense. A memo is circulating which appears to be from a BLM special agent to the Department of Justice.

According to the document, he considers himself a whistleblower.

The agent claims his fellow BLM agents acted inappropriately and he's accusing the acting U.S. Attorney of prosecutorial misconduct.

The allegations he is making have the potential to de-rail the case.

The judge is already considering a mistrial because of questions about the prosecution not being forthcoming with evidence. Jurors have been released until Wednesday while the judge reviews the matter.

As far as the memo, a Washington state representative shared it through social media. A special agent Larry Wooten wrote about what he calls his observations about the investigation surrounding the armed standoff in Bunkerville in 2014.

He said, he saw bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessional behavior and misconduct, as well as likely policy, ethical, and legal violations among BLM staff and that he was removed from the case in February after he spoke up.

Right now, four men are on trial, cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ryan and Ammon, and Montana militia leader Ryan Payne.

If convicted of the charges they face in connection with the standoff, they could potentially spend the rest of their lives in prison.

But at this point, it's not known if the case against them will move forward. Prosecutors have been arguing that law enforcement officers were intimidated and bullied by a group of protestors in the fight against the federal government over Bundy's cattle which was illegally grazing on public land.

But Wooten is now backing up the claims from the Bundy family and their supporters that it was the federal government being the bully.

Again, we're expected to learn more about what could happen with this case Wednesday.

A spokeswoman at the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment Friday.


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