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Wyden Reacts To Malheur Trial Outcome

Brian Bull

Among those reacting to yesterday’s acquittal in the Malheur occupation case is Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden.  

Speaking to reporters today in Eugene, Wyden says he respects the verdict and urges people to discuss how government can work to serve all the people…when a small group of armed extremists can take over a federal building.

“I sure hope common sense prevails now," says Wyden.  "And when you think about it, the extremists didn’t do themselves a lot of good because you didn’t see them making a lot of converts in the process.  Basically the only thing they accomplished was causing a lot of pain and heartache for the folks in Harney County.” 

Anti-government militia leader Ammon Bundy and six followers were all acquitted of conspiracy charges by a jury yesterday.  The group had occupied a U.S wildlife center for 41 days earlier this year.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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