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Ethical Questions Surround Ammon Bundy's Legal Team


The attorneys for Ammon Bundy, could potentially be violating Oregon State Bar guidelines.

Ammon Bundy's Eugene-based attorneys, Mike Arnold and Lissa Casey, say Bundy didn't contact their firm. Rather, Casey says she traveled to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to meet the militants face-to-face about a week after the armed occupation began.
That action could potentially violate Oregon bar rules that prohibits attorneys from soliciting clients by phone, electronic contact or in person.
The rule specifically prohibits solicitation if one of the driving motivations for the attorney is financial gain.
In an email to OPB, Casey repeatedly emphasized that any legal advice given to Bundy or other militants was offered pro bono.
But now that an indictment has been issued against Bundy and 15 others, Casey says the firm is charging for its services.
The firm set up a crowd sourcing page that so far has raised more than $25,000 of its $100,000 goal.

Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.
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