That appears to be what happened in Oregon (in court). It’s huge. So many ramifications both for our freedoms and for the dying Empire. And I haven’t even been following that closely. The story:

A jury Thursday delivered a stunning across-the-board acquittal to the leaders and participants in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation and a remarkable blow to the federal government as it tries to tamp down a national movement led by a Nevada family to open public lands to ranchers, miners and loggers.

The verdicts finding Ammon Bundy, older brother Ryan Bundy and five others not guilty of a federal conspiracy drew elation from defense attorneys who spent five weeks arguing that the armed takeover amounted to a time-honored tradition of First Amendment protest and civil disobedience.

I received a request for commentary. For my holiday version thereof I refer readers to Roger Roots column from LRC.