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Defense Admonished by Judge in Malheur Trial

PORTLAND, OR -- There were tense moments, Thursday at the trial of the occupiers who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, earlier this year.


While questioning FBI negotiators, attorney Marcus Mumford kept bringing up the fatal officer involved shooting of Lavoy Finicum during a traffic stop. Judge Anna Brown eventually threatened Mumford, who is Ammon Bundy's attorney, with contempt of court and a $1,000 fine. Negotiators were talking about their conversations with occupiers David Frye and Jeff Banta. Near the end of the standoff, Frye told agents he would not come out alive.


Owners of the ranch next to the refuge also testified, Thursday. They said two men from the occupation pointed rifles at them when they used binoculars to see what was happening. 


The trial resumes Monday; prosecutors expect to wrap up their case on Tuesday.

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