Bundy Notion ‘Flawed,’ Judge Tosses Lawsuit

April 10, 2019 12:54 PM
 
A district judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy who claimed that Nevada’s federally owned lands are the property of the state.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has long held the federal government should not own land, and that public lands within states belongs to the states. Bundy brought suit seeking a court agreement with such ideas, but a Nevada judge ruled against him this week.

Bundy wanted the court to order that Nevada’s federally owned lands are the property of the state and to force the state and Clark County to defend Bundy’s land rights on his Bunkerville ranch.

“It is painfully obvious that the claims asserted by Bundy in the instant matter rest upon a fundamentally flawed notion advanced by Bundy since 1998 regarding ownership of federal public lands,” District Judge Jim Crockett wrote in an eight-page decision.

The decision was in response to court papers filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit conservation group, which had intervened in the case.

“It is simply delusional to maintain that all public land within the boundaries of Nevada belongs to the state of Nevada,” Crockett said.

Bundy spent two years in jail facing criminal charges after a standoff in 2014 with the BLM at his Bunkerville, Nevada, ranch. Last year he filed a suit against Nevada and Clark County that former President Barack Obama’s establishment of Gold Butte National Monument was illegal and would prevent him from operating his ranch and destroy his livelihood. In January 2018, all charges were dismissed against Bundy. 

Kieran Suckling, executive director for the Center for Biological Diversity, was pleased with the judge’s ruling.

“Hopefully it puts to bed forever Cliven Bundy’s kooky conspiracy theories about a federal government not being able to own public land,” Suckling said. “This is the one and only court system that Cliven claims is valid and he will respect. This should put his extremist belief to the test.”

Related stories:

Bundy Case Ends With final Sentencing

Cliven Bundy Sues Nevada And Clark County

 

Back to news


 

Comments

 
Spell Check

PJ Jahn
Ptown, IL
4/11/2019 11:26 AM
 

  Cliven Bundy, and his clan, are no more than freeloading, corrupt, criminals! What a bunch of phony, confederate losers!

 
 
EJH
PACIFIC, MO
4/11/2019 06:18 PM
 

  Bundy should get the hell off our public lands if he doesn't want to play by the rules. I hope he had to pay the costs involved in bringing this frivolous lawsuit.

 
 

Corn College TV Education Series

2014_Team_Shot_with_Logo

Get nearly 8 hours of educational video with Farm Journal's top agronomists. Produced in the field and neatly organized by topic, from spring prep to post-harvest. Order now!

Markets

Market Data provided by QTInfo.com
Brought to you by Beyer
Close