Ammon Bundys Unusual Trial Is About To Get Even More Unusual I have no choice to get the truth to the jury but to get on the stand, Bundy said. Michael McLaughlin Reporter, The Huffington Post 10/04/2016 12:30 pm ET http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ammon-bundy-testify-trial_us_57f32508e4b0d0e1a9a96598?section=& PORTLAND, Oregon The stage is nearly set for the alleged ringleader of an armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge near Burns, Oregon, to testify in his own defense on Tuesday. Though defense attorneys often warn against defendants taking the stand, Ammon Bundy said its necessary because of how the federal trial has so far unfolded against him and six co-defendants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days in January and February. I do not feel I have a choice to testify or not, said Bundy, 41, in response to questions from U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown after the jury had been excused on Monday. I have no choice to get the truth to the jury but to get on the stand. Central to the opinion of Bundy and the other defendants, including his older brother Ryan, is their claim that federal authorities did not have constitutional authority over the refuge. But Brown has forbidden the defense from broaching that topic. This trial is an inappropriate venue for debating views of federal land ownership and it has no bearing on whether the defendants are guilty of the charges, Brown has said. * In a sign of frustration from the Bundy camp, his wife, Lisa Bundy, told KGO-TV during Mondays lunch recess, I feel that the judge is very biased. More!