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Law & Justice

Jury Selection Starts In Second Oregon Standoff Trial

Rick Bowmer
In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, file photo, members of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters stand guard near Burns, Ore.

Jury selection begins Tuesday in the second trial involving people who took part in last winter's armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon.

Jurors last fall acquitted occupation leader Ammon Bundy and six others who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest the federal control of Western lands and the imprisonment of two ranchers convicted of setting fires.

Prosecutors decided after their loss to go ahead with a February trial for the remaining defendants: Duane Ehmer, Jason Patrick, Jake Ryan and Darryl Thorn. They are being tried on conspiracy and weapons charges.

Fourteen other defendants took plea deals rather than go to trial.

Jury selection is expected to last several days. Opening statements are tentatively slated to begin next week.