(o) Federal attorneys, Frank Papagni, hunted down a witness who was not mentally capable to be credible. Dusty Hammond (grandson and nephew) testified that Steven told him to start a fire. He was 13-years-old at the time, and 24-years-old when he testified (11 years later).I'd suggest going through the whole thing. The idiots who took over the building, well, 'idiots' about covers it. And the feds involved appear to be the kind of 'Do anything to get what the .gov wants' assholes we've come to know and loathe.
At 24 Dusty had been suffering with mental problems for many years. He had estranged his family including his mother. Judge Hogan noted that Dusty’s memories as a 13-year-old boy were not clear or credible.
However, Judge Hogan allowed the prosecution to continually use Dusty’s testimony. When speaking to the Hammonds about this testimony, they understood Dusty was manipulated and expressed nothing but love for their troubled grandson. (more)
So, the whole mess wouldn't have happened without dirtbag feds stealing peoples' land for 'their' refuge, and the idiots who took over the building aren't helping.
Speaking of power-grabby feds, who the hell told the EPA that light pollution is 'in their portfolio'? And how many ways of screwing people do you think they can come up with in this?