NOTE:   This story was first posted on Rangefire in August, 2016, shortly after the trial.  It is being re-posted now because oral arguments in the resulting appellate case the story is based on are scheduled to be presented to the Utah Court of Appeals on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 11:30Continue Reading

  The Second Phase Oregon Standoff Trial is now just around the corner, scheduled to begin on February 14, 2017, in Portland.  Based on publicity from the first trial, 1000 potential jurors have been summoned to appear for jury selection.  For those interested, there have been significant new developments inContinue Reading

Does the constitution really mean what it says? This article is reposted from Outpost of Freedom. Though I have posted the Preamble to the Bill of Rights a number of times, people still ask if there really is a Preamble to the Bill of Rights.  A preamble sets forth the purposeContinue Reading

Oregon Standoff “Discovery” Makes Interesting Revelations The time of surprises in criminal trials is now supposed to be a thing of the past.  Unlike legal drama movies and TV series from Matlock and Perry Mason to Drop Dead Diva, in modern criminal cases, based on applicable rules of criminal procedure,Continue Reading

  SALT LAKE CITY — Minutes after a federal jury found Phil Lyman guilty of illegally riding an ATV in a closed southern Utah canyon as a protest against the Bureau of Land Management, the San Juan County commissioner said he would do it again. “We have a right ofContinue Reading