Shocker: Bundy Bros Discover That Jail Inmates Have Fewer Freedoms

May 25, 2016 10:36 a.m.

Ammon and Ryan Bundy want their Constitutional Rights –including the Second Amendment– to be recognized in jail and are considering suing the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office to get them, according to a report from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

In documents filed Tuesday, the Bundys argued their constitutional rights are being infringed upon because they are not free to assemble nor are they free to practice their Mormon religion.

The Bundy brothers alleged that they have little access to their legal teams, “insufficient accommodations for religious practice,” and are “being denied access to materials and resources reasonably required to defend their respective cases.”

“Despite being presumed innocent, these defendants are treated as harshly and the same as convicted felons with whom they are commingled and housed,” they alleged.

The Bundy brothers also claimed that their rights to have confidential conversations with their lawyers have been infringed upon because when they do have access to telephones, their calls are monitored in jail. Ammon Bundy also alleged that at least in one instance documents related to his trial strategy were confiscated.

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Ryan Bundy wrote in the document that “my rights are being violated. My right to life is being violated. All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. My right to freedom of religion is being violated. I cannot participate in religious activities and temple covenants, and wear religious garments.”

Specifically Ryan says lack of access to talk with Ammon Bundy violates his freedom of assembly. He also argues that his Second Amendment rights have been violated, presumably because guns are not allowed in jails.

According to the document, Ryan Bundy talked to a U.S. marshall about his concerns and was told they simply were the jail rules.

“When I say my rights are being violated, I want the Court to know that all of my rights are being violated; every last one of them. I could argue that my right

to life hasn’t been taken. But the FBI tried to take that right when they attempted to kill me,” Ryan Bundy wrote. “They missed on that one. I still have the bullet to prove that.”

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