Judge Dismisses Cliven Bundy's Latest Public Lands Lawsuit
Rancher Cliven Bundy’s lawsuit aiming to declare all public land in Nevada property of the state has been dismissed.
Nevada Circuit Judge Jim Crockett called Bundy’s claims "simply delusional.'' He said Bundy's argument against federal control of public land "fundamentally flawed."
The ruling was made public Tuesday.
The judge cited the three other attempts by Bundy to have a court declare public land in Nevada, which is managed by the federal government, to be state property.
The conservation group the Center for Biological Diversity filed the motion to have his latest lawsuit dismissed. The judge granted that motion, according to The Oregonian.
Bundy has been locked in a battle with the federal government over public lands and grazing fees for years. That battle came to a head in 2014 when federal agents tried to seize Bundy's cattle near his ranch in Bunkerville after a court ordered the cattle removed.
That operation ended in a standoff between federal agents and Bundy supporters from around the country. Eventually, the agents let the cattle go but federal prosecutors charged Bundy, his two sons and several supporters in connection with that standoff.
In 2018, a judge dismissed the case against Bundy and his sons after she found "flagrant misconduct" by federal prosecutors in the case.