Todd Engel, Bundy Ranch Defendant, Sentenced Using Government Claims Unrelated To Charges To Which He Was Convicted.
July 19, 2018
Federal Court Las Vegas Nevada
If "speech" is a crime we may all be guilty, depending on who is making the rules. It was a report by Cambridge Analytica that brought Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress in which he had to admit he and the team he employs was playing favorites with topics, groups and individuals who met Facebook criterion for progressive/left leaning views, while censoring others who were more conservative. Although Facebook left videos up of individuals, who were committing REAL crimes like the group who kidnapped a mentally disabled individual and hazed them on Facebook Live, people like Diamond and Silk were deemed "unsafe" by Facebook. Now that Social Media is our modern day "town square" government officials of all ranks seek to silence The People from speaking their mind.
|Diamond and Silk labeled "Unsafe" by Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook|
Judge Gloria Navarro presided in the Sentencing Hearing for Todd Engel (Idaho) for a conviction rendered him in Trial #1 of the Tier #3 (The Gunmen) portion of the Bundy Ranch Trial or the Standup At Bunkerville Nevada 2014 where Engel received a guilty verdict on charges of Obstruction Of Justice and Interstate Travel & Aide To Extortion, neither of which are firearms related, nor do they have enhancements attached. Yet the prosecutors are trying to sidestep the actual trial, and sentence him to serve time for crimes for which he was not convicted.
On October 8, 2017 Todd Engel wrote to supporters outlining the details of his Pre-Sentencing Report explaining how the Probation Office did the Prosecutions bidding in including sentencing guidelines that were not included in the Jury's verdict recommending Engel serve time for crimes he was never guilty of.
The courtroom was packed today with BLM Agents, FBI and Secret Service and supporters were seated on both sides of the gallery. Today the Prosecution Team Consisting of Steven Myhre, Daniel Schiess and Nadia Ahmed who used this very report to garner a sentence for Todd for 14 years! Most of the evidence presented by the Prosecutors in court at sentencing consisted largely of Todd Engel's Facebook posts, some of which were NOT posted by Engel but by others using his account. In Todd's defense, in his own words, he accepted responsibility for them though he pointed out to Judge Navarro nothing he said was of a violent or threatening manner and asserted his inalienable right to the First Amendment. Todd's Attorney, Warren Markowitz stood to defend his client by reminding Judge Navarro that Engel was in constant communication with the Nevada Highway Patrol on the bridge over the wash, did not threaten anyone and pointed his firearm at no one. Markowitz was successful at getting the term "sniper" stricken from the documents, as Engel, along with hundreds of others, traveled to the wash expecting to see the cattle released when surprised to find the Bureau of Land Management and National Parks Service in a military formation with weapons drawn. Engel simply asked NHP if they were aware of this and ultimately ducked behind a jersey barrier for cover, "no weapons pointing" in the words of Dan Love.
The Prosecution used the Facebook post of Cliven Bundy telling the public what was transpiring at his ranch for several days when the BLM accosted Davey Bundy, apprehended him after throwing him to the ground and grinding his face into the gravel on the shoulder of the road and interrogating him at a BLM office then driving him one and a half hours to Las Vegas hoping to find a way to imprison him but kicking him to the curb a day later with only a sack lunch. Cliven told the public about the "First Amendment Area" the BLM had erected with construction fencing off a distant freeway exit far from the Bundy property and pestered people all across the Bunkerville area to go to the area if they had something to say, "the public land was not a place to do it". The public saw video posted by many, of Margaret Houston being approached from the back and body-slammed to the ground by an out of control BLM Agent and Ammon Bundy tased three times as the crowd help fight off the electrified barbs while attack dogs were sicked on the people, but the Prosecution insisted that just by the public "liking" and "sharing" a Facebook post and showing up to support and defend the Bundy's against a clearly tyrannical government with firearms, this, was "threatening" to Law Enforcement, who Schiess told the Judge were a "protected class" and above the law. It was very clear throughout the hearing that the government, including Judge Gloria Navarro, was hell-bent on making Todd Engel an "example" to scare off the hopes of anyone else ever standing up to a tyrannical government. This was evident in the extremely harsh verdict handed down in court today.
It is evermore proof that the government, at all levels, considers The People guilty until proven innocent and, although a jury of your peers does not convict you, they will throw the book at you anyway. Proof of this was exhibited as the Prosecutors brought up EVERY minor offense Todd was ever accused of back to puberty, demonstrating how all your past deeds will come back to haunt you. One of the frustrating things about this hearing was that Daniel Schiess, who never presented ANY evidence in the trial Todd garnered convictions in, nor was he even a part of the Prosecution Team then, was allowed to present evidence not related to the convictions at all. He spoke of "truth, justice and the American way" and was allowed to bring forth the "restitution" bill presented not by evidence, but by using the fictitious "cattle grazing fees" owed to the government plus punitive damages suffered by the BLM and requiring Engel be responsible for paying them back, and if the Prosecution decides to swing it, require the other Defendants who entered into Plea Agreements, to pitch in. This was ultimately rescheduled for September 2018. The Prosecution finally had to admit that it wasn't about spending 2.5 -3.5 million to recover a 1 million dollar BLM cattle rustling operation it was about getting the cattle off the land. Scheiss accused Engel of trying to create another Ruby Ridge or Waco telling the Judge how Engel made demands of the BLM and threatened them "if they didn't back down this would continue". Schiess told the court "we are a nation of laws" and "we solve our disputes in the courtroom" and "Police Officers and Law Enforcement are a privileged class with special protection". Scheiss also told the Judge that Engel should suffer for not telling everyone on Facebook that the information Cliven was telling the public was not correct, despite there being BLM snipers on and around the Bundy Ranch for months prior to the day at the wash. Scheiss also told the Judge that Engel made a visit to his local County Sheriff and told him he was "ready to wage a war with the Federal Government", yet NONE of this was presented as evidence in Todd's trial. Schiess brought up the fact that Engel attended the protest at Sugar Pine Mine, where again, no one was hurt or injured, and how he traveled to Malheur Wildlife Refuge where LaVoy Finicum was assassinated by Oregon State Police and their operatives. Schiess claims "they need a harsh sentence in order to have further respect for the law and law enforcement. In this country we have a society where we resolve our disputes peacefully and we respect the law. Obviously Todd Engel blames the Federal Government of where he is today". Scheiss claimed that "the feds, the BLM and the police where hurt by this experience". He told the Judge that Engel's actions were much worse that Jerry Delumus but closer to Greg Burleson's, who received 87 months and 68 years respectfully. Scheiss said that Engel made threats and that "victims need justice which is a part of the judicial system".
|Judge Gloria Navarro Obama Appointee Harry Reid Puppet.|
Todd Engel stood to plead his own defense against the PSR and was told by Judge Gloria Navarro that he doesn't have the right to speak that his Attorney should speak for him. Todd told the Judge "I would not be here today if I had not made those posts on Facebook. I posted stuff on Facebook and it's going to put me in prison"! Judge Navarro told Engel he is "still in denial and needs a therapist". She silenced him right away, like she always does, and used this against him in his sentencing since he insisted on defending himself against the charges in the report. Judge Navarro handed down the sentence of 168 months. Todd's Attorney Warren Markowitz stood to defend Todd arguing that there is evidence being presented in this Hearing that was not presented at trial and that the person who wrote the damage report was not a part of the investigation. Markowitz continued telling the court "we are a nation of laws and rules but we are also a nation of rebels. We are a nation who stand and protest against injustice, this is the very core of our founding. The People rise to show the government WHO they work for, and Todd is respectful of the law. He goes to protest because he believes in our country and that the government DOES work for The People".
Todd Engel was escorted out of the courtroom and while exiting said, "freedom isn't free, and this is not over"! Markowitz will appeal the case in which the government is not a victim, there were no shots fired and no one was injured.
|Details of Todd Engel's Sentencing Hearing with Special Message from Ammon Bundy. Click the Photo to watch the Video.|
If there are any Grand Jury or Trial Jury Members from this case, please listen to this plea for help on behalf of Todd Engel and the other men convicted or entered into plea deals. It is very important that you hear the certified evidence of this case so that may set these innocent men free. Please visit this link.
|How Facebook Censors Your Speech. Click the Photo to Watch the Video.|
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me".
After the court hearing Kelli Cooper, sister of Todd Engel, released the following statement:
"Judge Navarro would not let family speak yesterday so I will speak now and forever until this wrong is made right.
Todd was not the one in a law enforcement uniform throwing an unarmed, defenseless woman to the ground.
Todd was not the one in a law enforcement uniform grinding a mans face in the gravel for simply taking pictures by the side of the road.
Todd was not the one in a law enforcement uniform pointing weapons at unarmed women and children.
Todd was not the one in a law enforcement uniform making fun of the protesters physical appearances and picking out which ones they were going to kill first.
Todd was the one on the bridge begging for help from the ones in a law enforcement uniform. The same ones who testified under oath that he was “helpful.”
THE UNIFORM DOES NOT MAKE THE MAN-THE MAN MAKES THE UNIFORM".
Sign the petition for a Presidential Pardon of the the remaining Defendants who entered into Plea Agreements and are serving time in relation to the Bundy Ranch Case. In my opinion, Micah McGuire should be added to this petition.