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Ryan Bundy to make opening statement at Vegas trial


LAS VEGAS (AP) – Cattleman and states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy’s eldest son plans to go before a jury to provide firsthand allegations of government misconduct ahead of an armed standoff that ended a federal roundup of family cattle in 2014.

Ryan Bundy is serving as his own attorney, and is due to make an opening statement Wednesday in proceedings in Las Vegas.

Trial started Tuesday with the top federal prosecutor Las Vegas casting him, his brothers and his father as leaders of a conspiracy to enlist a self-styled militia to block the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from removing Bundy cattle from public rangeland.

In pretrial hearings, Ryan Bundy raised questions about FBI camera surveillance of the Bundy family homestead, and challenged federal prosecutors to turn over recordings of any videos that were made.

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