Those who take states' rights and free speech seriously have always been outraged by the Bundy trials which have kept several of those charged in the case - including Cliven Bundy - behind bars for years.
Wooten justified the fears of liberty lovers by reporting that federal agents committed multiple civil rights violations, used more force than necessary, and violated multiple federal government policies during the Bunkerville standoff. The government refused to turn over Federal Bureau of Investigation memos and other documentation until after the October 1 deadline and repeated requests from the defense counsel, the judge said.
Navarro last month declared a mistrial in the criminal conspiracy case against Bundy and his sons, saying federal prosecutors had improperly withheld evidence that could have changed the outcome of the trial.
"A universal sense of justice was violated", Navarro said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Several gunmen among the protesters who had assault-style rifles were acquitted of criminal charges in two trials past year.
Ammon Bundy, 42, and Ryan Bundy, 44, both beat federal felony charges in a case stemming from a 41-day standoff at an OR wildlife preserve two years ago.
The judge signaled at that time that she might dismiss the case outright.
He became an icon for the anti-government rightwing after engaging in an armed standoff with government agents who attempted to confiscate his cattle. Federal district court judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial last month over violations of discovery rules by prosecutors, who then filed motions to retry the case.
The collapse of the case is a stunning failure for the USA attorney's office in Nevada, where 19 co-defendants were indicted in early 2016 on charges including conspiracy, obstruction and threats and assault of federal agents in the April 2014 standoff outside Bunkerville.
Kieran Suckling, an official with the Center for Biological Diversity, which fought for decades to protect endangered desert tortoises on rangeland where Bundy cows graze, called the prospect of a wider audience for the states' rights figure cause for concern.
But defense lawyers for Payne - Renee Valadares, Brenda Weksler and Ryan Norwood - argued in their December 29 briefing seeking to dismiss the case that government "failed to accept responsibility for any of its failure to disclose evidence" and the withholding of evidence was "flagrant prosecutorial misconduct". "The Bundys rallied a militia to mount an armed insurrection against the government".
"The failure of this case will only embolden this violent and racist anti-government movement that wants to take over our public lands", he added.