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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy

In this April 11, 2015, file photo, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy speaks with supporters at an event in Bunkerville, Nev. Twice federal prosecutors in Las Vegas have failed to win full convictions of men who had guns during an April 2014 armed standoff with government agents trying to round up cattle belonging to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Nevertheless, they're now moving to the main event, with openings expected Tuesday, Nov. 7 for a trial of the 71-year-old family patriarch and states' rights figure, his two eldest sons and one other co-defendant accused of leading a self-styled militia in an uprising against government authority.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS — A lawyer for Nevada rancher and states' rights activist Cliven Bundy is hailing as "the final nail in the coffin" a judge's decision not to let federal prosecutors reopen the criminal case stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with government agents.

Attorney Bret Whipple on Friday characterized the 72-year-old Bundy as relieved following Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro's ruling this week that "flagrant misconduct" by prosecutors had irreparably tainted the case.

A spokeswoman for Acting U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson declined immediate comment.

Prosecutors could appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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Navarro in January dismissed the criminal case against Bundy, two sons and a Montana militia leader after declaring a mistrial in December.

She found federal prosecutors responsible for "deliberate attempts to mislead and distort the truth."

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