Saturday, August 11, 2018

FBI Agent Accused Of Lying In Finicum Shooting Found Not Guilty

After less than a day of deliberation, a jury of nine men and three women found FBI special agent Joseph Astarita not guilty of lying about a high-profile police shooting during the 2016 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.

Astarita faced two counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice.

The charges stemmed from a critical moment during the occupation when spokesman Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum was shot and killed by Oregon State Police after he fled a traffic stop along a remote stretch of highway in eastern Oregon.

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