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Judge Tosses 2 of 5 Counts Against FBI Agent in Oregon Shooting


Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was the spokesman of the occupation. Via YouTube.

By Allan Lengel

Things just improved a little for FBI agent Joseph Astarita.

A Portland federal judge on Monday threw out two of the five charges against Astarita, who is accused of lying about firing his weapon during a 2016 confrontation with Oregon occupation spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who was fatally shot, The Oregonian reports. [2]

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones struck one count of making a false statement and one count of obstruction of justice.

In June, the judge dealt a blow to the government’s case by  ruling  [3]that part of  the government’s key evidence, a  3D model that pinpointed where prosecutors suspect the agent was standing when he’s accused of firing at Finicum, can’t be used. Astarita denies firing his weapon.

Jury selection begins next week.