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Bundy son failure to appear could earn jail time: Infamous dad not to blame

Bundy's son's failure to appear in a Las Vegas court could potentially earn him jail time, but his infamous dad isn't to blame. Cliven Lance Bundy is the 34-year-old son of Cliven and Carol Bundy. The elder Bundy made news headlines recently due to a decades-old dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights on public lands in Nevada. The younger Bundy's current legal woes have nothing to do with his father's publicized dispute. In fact, they have nothing to do with his father at all.

Rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management have been locked in a dispute for a couple of decades over grazing rights on public lands
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Bundy spoke with The Associated Press about the "criminal case stemming from his felony conviction on burglary and weapon charges," admitting that he was addicted to opiate pain killers and is undergoing counseling. He pleaded guilty in the criminal case in February of this year and was subsequently sentenced to five years probation. Cliven Lance Bundy was scheduled to appear before a Clark County District Court judge earlier this month, according to a July 14, 2014 report from MSN. When he failed to show up, the court issued a contempt-of-court warrant.

Although Bundy's son's failure to appear in a Nevada courtroom has thrust the elder Bundy back into the headlines, he and his wife maintain that they were under the impression their son had received medical releases from the court-ordered drug program that is part of the terms of his probation. Their claim makes sense given that the convicted felon underwent outpatient surgery on July 8, 2014, the very same day the warrant was issued. He is recovering from the unspecified procedure at his parents' home in Bunkerville.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that Bundy is seeking his program counselor's assistance in the matter of the warrant.

Would Cliven Bundy's son's failure to appear make headlines if the elder Bundy hadn't so recently been in the news? Probably not.