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Judge Rejects Government Bid To Reopen Activist Rancher Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer for Nevada rancher and states' rights activist Cliven Bundy is hailing as "the final nail in the coffin" a judge's decision not to let federal prosecutors reopen the criminal case stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with government agents.

Attorney Bret Whipple on Friday characterized the 72-year-old Bundy as relieved following Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro's ruling this week that "flagrant misconduct" by prosecutors had irreparably tainted the case.

A spokeswoman for Acting U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson (el-AYE'-eh-sun) declined immediate comment.

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Prosecutors could appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Navarro in January dismissed the criminal case against Bundy, two sons and a Montana militia leader after declaring a mistrial in December.

She found federal prosecutors responsible for "deliberate attempts to mislead and distort the truth."