Friday, March 31, 2017 | 2:21 p.m.
CARSON CITY — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a petition by Cliven Bundy to hire an out-of-state lawyer to represent him at his Las Vegas trial over a standoff with federal agents near his ranch in 2014.
Bundy wanted Larry Klayman as his attorney, but District Court Judge Gloria Navarro denied the request.
The appeals court, in a 2-1 decision today, said Bundy’s current defense lawyer, Bret Whipple, is a competent lawyer with 20 years experience.
The court, in two prior decisions, denied the Bundy petition to hire Klayman. Bundy’s trial is set to begin next month.
Judge Ronald Gould dissented. He said Bundy should have a lawyer “of his choice to receive a fair shake at this most critical trial.”