An arrest warrant was issued for Ammon Bundy today when he was not present for the first day of a trial regarding contempt of court charges.
Following a civil trial in July of this year, a jury found Bundy and his friend Diego Rodriguez guilty of defamation regarding the case involving Idaho CPS and Baby Cyrus. The jury ordered the two men to pay St. Luke’s hospital $52 million. The two were also ordered to remove websites and other information they had posted online about the Baby Cyrus story. When they did not remove that content, Bundy was charged with contempt of court. The trial on those charges began today in the Ada County courtroom of Judge Nancy Baskin.
Bundy sent an email yesterday to some of the involved parties to inform them he would not be in the courtroom today, and that he does not plan to attend “any other day” either.
Because of this email and Bundy’s absence today, Judge Baskin told those in attendance that she would be issuing a new arrest warrant, and the bond would be $250,000 – significantly higher than the bond on the previous warrant of $10,000.
This evening Bundy tweeted photos of himself and his wife Lisa with Baby Cyrus, and said,
“Today Judge Baskin issued a $250,000 warrant for my arrest. The only thing I care to say is that I don’t regret any of it. I was honest in everything I said and getting Baby Cyrus back to his parents makes all of the trouble worth it. Please pray for my family.”
Stew Peters of The Stew Peters Network, a national personality, retweeted Bundy’s post, adding a photo of Judge Nancy Baskin.
Peters has been involved in the case of Baby Cyrus for several months, and featured the Idaho story in his documentary, These Little Ones.
Feature image from Ammon Bundy’s Facebook page
Tags: Ada County, Ammon Bundy, Baby Cyrus, Contempt of Court, Defamation, Diego Rodriguez, Erik Stidham, Idaho CPS, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Nancy Baskin, St. Luke's Hospital, Stew Peters