New February trial date set in Bunkerville standoff case

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A federal judge Tuesday set a new Feb. 6, 2017, trial date for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and 18 other defendants charged in the April 2014 armed standoff with law enforcement near Bunkerville.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen also declared the case complex and set a series of deadlines for pre-trial motions and an exchange of evidence between federal prosecutors and defense lawyers.

At a hearing Friday before Leen, Bundy and most of the defendants opposed continuing the trial until next year, arguing it would harm their constitutional rights to a speedy resolution of the case.

But in her 14-page decision, Leen sided with prosecutors and said the “ends of justice” would be served by moving the trial to February.

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