Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who led an infamous standoff with the federal government in 2014, was denied bail in federal court and will remain behind bars as he awaits trial on charges that he threatened, assaulted and conspired against law enforcement.
US judge Carl Hoffman Jr ruled at a hearing in Las Vegas on Thursday that Bundy, 69, would pose a danger to the public if he was released, according to Natalie Collins, spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office.
The rancher, who become the unofficial leader of the anti-government land-use rights movement in the west after his high-profile conflict with federal officials, was previously denied bail in Portland, Oregon, where he was arrested last month.
Bundy had for years refused to pay grazing fees to the government to allow his cattle to use public lands. The dispute escalated in 2014 when officials attempted to seize his cattle, sparking an armed conflict that drew hundreds of supporters to his ranch in Bunkerville, 80 miles north of Las Vegas.
He avoided charges for nearly two years but was taken into custody when he attempted to travel to Oregon, where his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy led a similar standoff with an armed occupation at a wildlife refuge. (Read more from “This Is Why a Judge Is Refusing to Free Cliven Bundy From Jail” HERE)