September 14, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania A venue NW
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
Dear Attorney General Sessions:
Recently 53 current and former members of the Idaho Legislature wrote to you expressing
serious concerns about the treatment of four Idaho residents in cases related to “The Bunkerville
Stand Off’ trials . Specifically , the legislators are concerned about the decision of the U .S.
Attorney for the District of Nevada to try Eric Parker and 0. Scott Drexler for a third time . They
raise legitimate doubts about whether a third trial is in the best interest of justice or the American
The failure to secure guilty verdicts in two different trials with two different juries should serve
as evidence of the weakness of the government’s case and should be taken into account as a third
trial is contemplated. There is a strong possibility that a miscarriage of justice is being
The letter also expresses concerns about th e treatment ofldaho residents Todd Engel and
Ammon Bundy. I encourage you to revie w the treatment of Mr. Engle and Mr. Bundy and take
the appropriate steps to ensure that they are treated fairly.
As a former U.S. Attorney you are personally familiar with the many factors a U. S. Attorney
must weigh in deciding whether or not to bring a case to trial. Your background provides you
with unique insight , which is why I wanted to bring this letter to your attention.
I urge you to carefully examine the impo rtant issues raised in this letter and provide a response in
a timely manner.
Raul R. Labrador
MEMBER OF CONGRESS