Should the government that Cliven Bundy so loathes provide him with a free lawyer?
Well, Judge Janice M Stewart isn’t falling for that one – not straight away at least. The Judge has required the anti-government activist to supply an affidavit outlining exactly what his financial circumstances are.
Bundy, 69, has already withheld over $1 million in fines and taxes – not to mention grazing fees – that were supposed to be paid and so he may have some pocket change for a lawyer.
He has been charged with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, assault on a federal law enforcement officer, carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, obstructions of justice and interference with commerce by extortion.
If convicted, Bundy faces up to five years in prison on the conspiracy charge, up to 10 years in prison on the obstruction of justice charge, up to 20 years in prison for the assault on a federal law enforcement officer and interference with commerce by extortion charges, plus other offences and a potential penalty of $250,000 per charge.
Social media commentators and others are wondering why the anti-government Bundy should put his hand out again – maybe it should just stay up, as in “You’re Busted!”