What started as a motion to release a former New Mexico gun dealer and his son from jail until their sentencing date for federal gun form convictions will turn into a request for a new trial, a source close to the case and courtroom observer of yesterday’s hearing in the United States District Court in Las Cruces, N.M., has informed Gun Rights Examiner. Another report, filed today by consistently informed and reliable chroniclers of the case, documents due process violations via information withheld from the defense, and reveals a key government witness against the family is himself under investigation.
Rick and Ryin Reese, and wife and mother Terri, former proprietors of New Deal Shooting Sports in Deming, along with son Remington, had all charges against them for money laundering dismissed, and were then acquitted of knowingly abetting gun trafficking in early August of this year. The family has had assets needed to mount an effective defense seized, and Rick and Ryin have been jailed since their arrest in August of 2011. Wife Terri made bail in late March when she was released to a halfway house.
The remaining outstanding convictions awaiting sentencing, two against Ryin and one each against Rick and Terri, are, per Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition, “the comparatively minor charge of lying on gun sales forms -- even though the lies they were convicted of were perpetrated by federal agents and the Reese's crimes were that they ‘should have known’ that the agents were lying.”
In spite of this, and in spite of growing evidence that the family has been subjected to a chronic and habitual liar of a snitch trying to save his own skin and demonstrably false testimony from government agents, despite the fact that all of their actions have been consistent with clearing their names in a court of law, and despite the fact they have nowhere to go and no resources to go anywhere with, the prosecution continues to characterize the incarcerated father and son as flight risks, and the court evidently buys into that.