Today in “Unclear on the Concept”
The subject in question is prison with the persons who are unclear being the Bundys (via TPM): Shocker: Bundy Bros Discover That Jail Inmates Have Fewer Freedoms
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.
Who could have predicted that seizing federal land and then leading an armed standoff with law enforcement could have ended up like this?
Here is the quote from Ryan Bundy from the pleading filed with the court:
In Henderson, my brothers and father were housed together. Up here, they make efforts to keep us separate. This violates my right to freedom of assembly. My Second Amendment rights are being violated. I never waived that right. My Fourth Amendment rights are being violated of freedom from search and seizure without effects. They routinely look through my documents and papers without a warrant. My Sixth Amendment rights are being denied. I cannot meet with other counsel in this case without extreme difficulty. I cannot have effective assistance of counsel. 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. They missed on that one. I still have the bullet to prove that.
In fairness, I have sympathy for the notion that he may have inadequate access to his attorney. The notion that his Second Amendment rights come into play while he is being held is, however, one of the more absurd things I have read in a while.
A runner up (from the document also):
Given that this is a media case, Defendants need to access Facebook and email.