In an unusual and, frankly candid, move, one of the leaders of the group that occupied a nature preserve in Oregon this year has actually filed a motion with the court wherein his criminal case is pending declaring that he is an “idiot” and is “incompetent.”
Ryan Bundy is part of a group of 26 people who have been charged and are now awaiting trial on federal conspiracy and firearms charges because they took over Oregon’s Malheur Nature Preserve for some 41 days this past winter.
Bundy’s brother, Ammon, also was part of the group that occupied the preserve. He similarly finds himself a defendant in the criminal case. The two Bundy brothers and their father, Cliven, consider themselves to be sovereign citizens. Cliven led a separate standoff against federal agents on public ranchland in 2014. All three men have been indicted for that event as well.
The gist of Ryan Bundy’s motion is that because he is an idiot, he is essentially immune from federal law. Jezebel reports based on the Oregon Public Broadcasting Network that Bundy is “resorting to increasingly bizarre legal filings to try to get his charges dismissed.” According to OPB:
“Bundy, who is representing himself in the conspiracy case against the refuge occupiers, declares himself an “idiot of the ‘Legal Society’” and not subject to federal law, according to the documents.
‘I, ryan c, man, am an idiot of the ‘Legal Society’; and; am an idiot (layman, outsider) of the ‘Bar Association’; and; i am incompetent; and; am not required by any law to be competent,’ Bundy wrote in a motion filed to U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown.”
Bundy also argues that he should be paid $1 million for being a defendant in the criminal matter in which he is being charged. OPB reports that he even went further:
“Bundy muses in the filing that he is “willing to consider” playing the role of judge or bailiff in the case if the court pays him a similar sum.
‘I, ryan c, man, will charge $100,000,000.00 if any man or woman or PERSON places another order for [me] to come before the court again regarding this matter,’ Bundy wrote.”
According to Jezebel:
“About ten days ago, Bundy was accused of trying to escape the Multnomah County Jail by braiding his bedsheets together into a rope, which was discovered during a search of his cell. Bundy was also stockpiling food, spare boxers, pillowcases and more torn bedsheets under his bed, prosecutors said.”
Bundy’s next court appearance is on Wednesday for a status hearing.