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Surprise acquittal in Oregon's militia standoff trial

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>> A stunning verdict in the Oregon militia trial. A federal court jury finding the Bundy brothers not guilty of federal conspiracy and weapons charges. Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five of their followers gripped the nation as they staged an armed takeover of a federally owned wildlife sanctuary in January, sparking a debate about the reach of government powers.
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Bundy side cast the 41 day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a patriotic act of civil disobedience. Prosecutors called it a lawless scheme to seize federal property by force. The verdict came after six weeks of testimony and a last minute replacement of a juror after allegations surfaced that he was biased, renewing deliberations in the case.
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It wasn't immediately clear when Bundy or the other defendants would be released. The occupiers said throughout the takeover and at trial that they were protesting federal control over millions of acres of public lands in the West. The standoff with authorities led to a fatal shooting of one protester, and left parts of the refuge badly damaged.
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Over two dozen people have been criminally charged in the case. And a second group of defendants is due to stand trial in February. The Bundy brothers still face assault, conspiracy and other charges from a separate standoff in 2014 at their father's ranch in Nevada.