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.
ALSO - Ammon Bundy's attorney fought with judge, agents moved in & tackled attorney, media rushed out of court, I've never seen that before!— Mike Benner (@MikeBennerKGW) October 27, 2016
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.