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Judge delays DeLemus transfer to Nevada so he can appeal no-bail ruling

By Union Leader staff
March 10. 2016 2:44PM
Supporters of Jerry DeLemus gather outside of federal court in Concord before his detention hearing on Monday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)



CONCORD — A federal judge has agreed to delay the transfer of Jerry DeLemus to Nevada so the anti-government activist can appeal a judge’s no-bail ruling in New Hampshire.

The local Tea Party leader, who stood with Cliven Bundy’s armed resistance at Bundy’s Nevada ranch in 2014, is being held in the Strafford County jail on nine federal charges brought against him in Nevada.

Attorneys for DeLemus on Wednesday requested a delay in transferring DeLemus to Nevada so they could make one more attempt to convince U.S. District Court Judge Andrea Johnstone to release the Rochester man on bail until his trial date.

Johnstone granted the delay on Thursday, the same day high-profile defense attorney Mark Sisti notified the court he would represent DeLemus.

Sisti is among the best-known criminal defense attorneys in New Hampshire and has been associated with many high-profile cases in the past 30 years. He defended Pamela Smart, the media services coordinator at Winnacunnet High School who was convicted in 1991 of conspiring with students in the murder of her husband.

DeLemus was arrested and taken into custody last week after a federal grand jury in Nevada issued an indictment against a number of new defendants in connection with a standoff between ranchers and federal authorities over grazing rights.

He is facing nine federal charges, including conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, assault on a federal officer, obstruction of justice, attempting to impede or injure a federal law enforcement officer, interference with interstate commerce by extortion and several firearms charges.

U.S. Attorney Mark Zuckerman did not have an opportunity to argue against the delay.

“We took no position on that,” he said on Thursday. “It was filed late in the day yesterday, and the court granted the stay this morning.”


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