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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Professor Ian Bartrum Appears on Live And Local With Kevin Wall

Ian Bartrum is an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On April 17, he appeared on KXNT's Live And Local With Kevin Wall to talk about cattle rancher Cliven Bundy's dispute with the Bureau of Land Management (Hour 2, 2:20-minute mark).

The Bureau of Land Management is "allowed to regulate their land in whatever ways the federal government deems they should. They have a court order telling them they can get Bundy's cattle off the land, and certainly they're allowed to protect themselves if they feel they're in danger," he said during the interview. "I think it's a fair question to ask whether or not they sort of provoked further danger by coming in in a heavy-handed way. And maybe if they had to do it again, they'd do it a different way. I think that's sort of the reality of the situation. It escalated pretty quickly into a conflict that I don't think they were ready to handle."

Professor Bartrum's research interests are in constitutional history and theory, the Establishment Clause, and constitutional education.