LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal magistrate judge in Nevada is considering whether trial can be held next month in Las Vegas for rancher Cliven Bundy and 18 other defendants in an armed confrontation with government officers two years ago.
Federal prosecutors will ask Friday to push the date back due to the number of defendants and the exceptionally large amount of evidence that’ll need to be exchanged with defense attorneys.
Prosecutor Steven Myhre says material includes investigators’ reports, photos and Internet postings by defendants and their supporters.
Three of the 19 defendants say they’ll exercise their right to a speedy trial.
Seven co-defendants in Nevada, including two of Bundy’s adult sons, are also facing a federal trial in September in Oregon following their arrests in an armed occupation of a U.S. wildlife refuge.