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Judge rules Cliven Bundy 'too dangerous' to be released before trial

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Cliven Bundy at his ranch and artist courtroom sketch Cliven Bundy at his ranch and artist courtroom sketch
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The patriarch of the Bundy family is going to remain behind bars.

Tuesday afternoon Cliven Bundy made his second court appearance in less than a week, where the judge ruled that he was too dangerous to be released from jail and back into the public.

Bundy’s son Ammon was the leader of a group who was occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, fighting to change federal land use policies. Another son, Ryan, was also a visible leader in the standoff.

Bundy’s arrest has nothing to do with his sons' actions in Oregon, though. It stems from what the federal government described in court Tuesday as a violent assault that happened nearly two years ago at his Nevada ranch.

Bundy started a battle with the Bureau of Land Management over land rights and unpaid cattle grazing fees that year.

Federal agents seized Bundy's cattle, and that was when he called on a militia to take a stand.

The government claims hundreds of his followers, armed with assault rifles, forced agents to back off and surrender Bundy's cattle.

He now faces a string of federal charges tied to that incident.

Federal attorneys called Bundy "lawless and violent" in court, but his attorney Nole Grefenson described him in a completely different light, saying the rancher was, “a quiet man, with strong beliefs."

The next hearing for Bundy is scheduled for Friday, February 19.

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