Nevada rancher Cliven D. Bundy asked for a court-appointed attorney as he made his first appearance Thursday in federal court following his arrest the night before at Portland International Airport.
Bundy, 69, his thinning salt-and-pepper hair slicked back, shuffled
into the courtroom, chains at his ankles and wearing standard blue jail
He pulled a pair of eyeglasses from a pocket of his jail shirt and
spent nearly 30 minutes sitting beside an attorney, reviewing a 32-page
federal complaint stemming from the 2014 standoff at his ranch northeast
of Las Vegas.
Assistant federal public defender Ruben Iniguez was appointed to
represent Bundy for the day but said his office couldn't continue to
represent him because it represents others in the case.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice M. Stewart directed Bundy to present a
financial affidavit to the court before a court-appointed attorney could
"The court only appoints counsel for those who can't afford an attorney,'' Stewart said.