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Leaders of Oregon wildlife refuge occupation go on trial

Leaders of Oregon wildlife refuge occupation go on trial

For weeks in Oregon’s rugged backcountry, the two brothers were the face of the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge —  two men dressed in flannel and cowboys hats with copies of the Constitution jammed in their breast pockets.

Now Ammon and Ryan Bundy — behind bars since the occupation wound down after the shooting death of one protester and the systematic arrests of others — are headed to trial in Portland for their alleged leading role in taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Jury selection begins Wednesday.

The federal court trial of the Bundy brothers along with six codefendants is expected to spark lively arguments over the...

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