Ultimately, they found six men and one woman not guilty of conspiracy.Sarah Foultner was an alternate juror in the trial.Foultner has nearly 500 pages worth of notes from the trial. During an exclusive NewsWatch 12 interview, she said the government did not make a strong enough case.
Last Thursday, the jury exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others of colluding to obstruct federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The verdict was a controversial one to say the least, especially considering one of the jurors was dismissed due to his impartiality. However, Foultner said the other jurors did not show any biased opinions and that she went in the trial with an open mind.
"I've never heard of Burns, Oregon, never heard of the Malheur National Refuge before, or the Bundys, didn't know what Bunkerville or the Hammons were, I didn't know any of that," says Foultner. As an alternate juror, Foultner didn't actually take part in the verdict, but she says she agrees with what her fellow jurors decided.
She says since the verdict, she and her fellow jurors have received several hateful comments and threats, just for doing their job as a jury.
Foultner hopes that with her coming out and talking about the trial people will allow the jurors to go back to their normal lives and move on from the case.