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Jurors in Ammon Bundy trial asked to use common sense

Posted at 4:40 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 19:40:44-04

The trial of Ammon Bundy has raised many complicated issues, some of them political.
But a federal prosecutor told the jury Tuesday during closing arguments that the case comes down to common sense.
Bundy and six co-defendants are on trial on charges they prevented Interior Department employees from doing their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge when they seized the refuge for 41 days last winter.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight says the case is not about Western land policy, the 2014 standoff at Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch or what Ammon Bundy considered to be an unjust sentence for two local ranchers convicted of arson.
Those are all issues Bundy has raised or attempted to raise in his defense case.
Bundy's attorney gave his closing argument Tuesday afternoon.