Jul 18, 11:45 AM EDT

Retrial begins in Vegas for 4 defendants in Bundy standoff


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Armed assault and lawful protest were the opposing scenarios presented to a federal jury in Las Vegas as the retrial began for four men who bore assault-style weapons during a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre (MI'-ree) told jurors during openings on Monday that evidence will show the gunmen used what he called "the working end of a rifle barrel" to bend the law to their will.

Myhre says jurors should focus on conspiracy, assault on a federal agent, weapon and other charges.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2tmyc09 ) that defense attorney Richard Tanasi cast the men as individuals who stood for what they believe against the U.S. government.

Trial is expected to take several weeks.

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