Photo of defendants night of their release. (Facebook)
Prosecutor Shows Petulance Over Acquittal
Four defendants in the Bunkerville Retrial were found not guilty of 34 of 40 charges Tuesday in an embarrassing smack-down for the federal government in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Steven Stewart and Rick Lovelein were released after the jury found them not guilty on every charge the government had been holding them on for the past 18 months.
Eric Parker and Scott Drexler appeared before Judge Gloria Navarro on Wednesday morning for her ruling on their current “pre-trial” release
The Acting US Attorney showed his humiliation at the symbolic spanking the jury gave to his case by having his own “Mic-Drop” moments during the detention hearings.
Prosecutor Myhre gave every appearance at trying to stir the spectators, and possibly the defendants, into making a scene in the courtroom, thereby allowing Judge Navarro a reason to continue incarceration of these two men.
First making inflammatory statements, such as calling Eric Parker “a coward”, then pausing for dramatic effect. When no one would rise to his bait, he would continue on with more hateful rhetoric.
The prosecutor even attempted to use photos taken of the defendants outside the halfway house after their release as a reason to keep them incarcerated. Trying for the argument that their “Jury Nullification T-Shirts” showed a complete disregard for the court, he instead made it appear that he is so wound up over this case that he has taken to stalking these people every minute of the day.
He claims that the evidence is so overwhelming against these defendants that he is prepared to go back to trial immediately in his third attempt to find a jury that will agree with him.
The jury has acquitted Parker of 6 charges and deadlocked at 11-1 in favor of acquittal on the remaining 4 charges. This was after Judge Navarro gave every assistance to Myhre to further his prosecution and locked down the defense from presenting any case to defend their clients.
But even Judge Navarro seemed to think Myhre was stretching it when she asked him about his statements claiming Parker would just “hide again.” Navarro asked about how Parker was originally arrested.
Myhre had to roll back his misstatements and say that Parker was caught unawares and “did not have the opportunity to hide.” However, when Parker’s attorney addressed the court, he made it very clear that Parker had gone to the authorities on his own to turn himself in.
The prosecutor gave no slack to defendant Scott Drexler during his turn with Judge Navarro. AUSA Myhre stated (in another mic-drop moment) that Drexler lied on the witness stand. Judge Navarro didn’t even bite at that apple.
Navarro seemed only to have a problem with Mr. Drexler’s “Bug Out Bag” also known as a “Go Bag” or a “Get Home Bag”. She seemed highly concerned that he was fully equipped to take care of himself if he was caught in the woods or traveling on foot. Navarro even listed the items, such as “Fire-starter” and “zip ties”.
This concern only highlights the differences between people that live in the big cities (like Las Vegas) and the rural mountains of Idaho. “Get Home Bags” are a near requirement in your vehicle if you live outside the boundaries of Idaho suburbia. I, personally, am more concerned with anyone that does not have one.
Myhre obviously took this loss way too personally, as he showed his immature response throughout the hearings. With all of the pouting of the Acting US Attorney, he could not stop the release of these two men.
By his statements of his intention to retry, and the defense refusing to wave their rights to a speedy trial, Judge Navarro set a trial date for September 25th, with a status hearing for their final decision on August 31st.
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