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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pete Santilli – Journalist Or Felon?

This photo provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, shows Peter Santilli, one of the members of an armed group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as part of a dispute over public lands in the Western U.S. Santilli and several others were arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 26, prompting gunfire and leaving one man dead during a traffic stop along a highway in Oregon's frozen high country. (Multnomah County Sheriff via AP)

Peter Santilli’s Jan. 26 booking photo. (Multnomah County Sheriff via AP)

Federal prosecutors in two states have brought felony charges against an Internet radio host named Pete Santilli.

Santilli broadcast hundreds of hours from the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge – as well as the 2014 standoff in Nevada between ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management.

Santilli says he’s a journalist, and so far much of the case prosecutors have built against him centers around things he’s said.

As Conrad Wilson of Oregon Public Broadcasting reports, that’s raised questions about Santilli’s First Amendment rights.

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