Diego Rodriguez today filed an Answer to Request for Permanent Injunctive Relief in the defamation case involving St. Luke’s Hospital and Ammon Bundy, in regard to the 2022 CPS removal of Baby Cyrus.
Idaho Dispatch reported the results of the civil jury decision yesterday, which included a Supplemental Brief Re: Injunctive Relief filed by the plaintiffs asking the court to force Rodriguez and Bundy to remove written material and videos from their online platforms. You can see that article here: Jury Awards $52.5M to St. Luke’s in Defamation Case Re: Baby Cyrus – Idaho Dispatch. Links to previous articles with the history of this case are listed there.
Today’s filing by Rodriguez is a response to the plaintiffs’ request. Rodriguez claims his First Amendment Free Speech protection, and describes himself as a whistleblower in the case. He explains,
“For the court to grant the injunction which the plaintiffs are requesting would be to violate the 1st amendment right of free speech that are afforded to me by the Constitution of the United States of America and likewise by the Idaho State Constitution (although I am not a citizen of the state of Idaho).
Furthermore, since there has never been an evidence-based trial as to whether the things I have said are true or not—to force me to remove websites or published material where I have published factually accurate information is to simply muzzle the voice of a whistleblower, which is something that is only done in totalitarian states and tyrannical dictatorships.”
The filing goes on to explain Rodriguez’s reasoning that the court’s finding that he and Bundy defamed St. Luke’s is inaccurate and improper. You can read the document in its entirety here:
Idaho Dispatch reached out to Holland & Hart for their reaction to this latest filing. Erik Stidham, Partner at Holland & Hart, represented St. Luke’s and the other plaintiffs in this case. We will update this article if a response is received.
Tags: Ada County, Ammon Bundy, Baby Cyrus, Child Trafficking, CPS, Dave Jeppesen, Defamation, Diego Rodriguez, Erik Stidham, Holland and Hart, IDHW, Judge Lynn Norton, Judge Nancy Baskin, Natasha Erickson, St. Lukes, Tracy Jungman