The Guardian reports:
In a surprising end to the high-profile Oregon standoff, a jury has ruled that brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy were not guilty of conspiring against the government. The trial had sparked national debates about public lands and the rights of ranchers in the American west.
The decision was reached on Thursday, and is considered a blow to the US government, which had aggressively prosecuted the rightwing activists for leading an armed takeover of public property to protest American land-use regulations.
The Bundy brothers, who orchestrated a 2 January takeover of the Malheur national wildlife refuge, were acquitted on Thursday. Only a day earlier the court dismissed a juror over fears of bias, raising concerns that the trial would drag on for weeks.
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Source: The Guardian