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Defendant Shawna Cox speaks at left as supporters hug outside federal court in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. A jury exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The militants who took over a wildlife refuge were acquitted by a federal court



A federal court acquitted Ammon Bundy and six associates of conspiracy charges after the seven anti-government militants staged an armed takeover of a U.S. wildlife center in Oregon earlier this year, reports the Huffington Post

Bundy's occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge lasted 41 days and was painted by his attorney's as an act of civil disobedience. 

Prosecutors referred to Bundy's actions as a scheme to seize federal property. 

In what was certainly an exciting climax to the trial, Bundy's lawyer, Marcus Mumford, was tackled by U.S. Marshalls after exchanging harsh words with the judge over how his client was to be released. 

Mumford's physical altercation surprised many, to say the least. 

The occupiers were accused of conspiracy to impede federal officers through intimidation, threats or force; illegal possession of firearms in a federal facility; and theft of government property. 

For the most part, the defendants were able to escape most of the charges. 

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