A proposed order for default judgment in the case of St. Luke’s Hospital et al. vs Ammon Bundy et al., as well as a memorandum in support of the judgment, has been filed today in Fourth District Ada County Court.
If granted, the default judgment will apply only to Ammon Bundy, Ammon Bundy for Governor, and the People’s Rights Network. The remaining defendants named in the original civil complaint – Diego Rodriguez, Freedom Man Press LLC, and Freedom Man PAC – are not included in the proposed order for default judgment.
There are both criminal and civil cases in progress regarding Ammon Bundy’s involvement in protests relating to what became known as the “Save Baby Cyrus” incident that occurred in March 2022. Idaho Dispatch reported on that here: St. Luke’s Hospital Suing Ammon Bundy, Diego Rodriguez, and Various Other Entities Regarding Protests – Idaho Dispatch
The first criminal charges related to trespassing at the Meridian St. Luke’s Hospital property the night Cyrus Anderson was removed from his parents. Idaho Dispatch reported on that here: Ammon Bundy Proposes Plea Deal, Judge Rejects and Orders Trial, but Then New Plea Deal Reached – Idaho Dispatch. That element has now been resolved.
Idaho Dispatch sat down with Bundy in December 2022. You can view those interviews here:
The civil case has continued without Bundy participating in the proceedings. St. Luke’s Hospital, through their attorneys at Holland & Hart, have had documents served to Bundy at his Emmett residence for months. This was done by the Gem County Sheriff’s office, as well as private process servers. Recently Bundy posted an article detailing an incident at his home involving two Sheriff’s deputies: https://www.peoplesrights.org/news?/come-no-more-upon-me-a-warning-letter-from-ammon-bundy/f6984a7c-eafc-4082-a3b4-e99dfe129733/f4b4b0ab-9928-4d47-9d51-6d64c8462748
Following the incident, Gem County Sheriff Donnie Wunder issued this statement, explaining that he is concerned about continuing to serve documents at the home of Bundy.
Six days later on April 18, St. Luke’s filed a notice to the Fourth District Ada County Court that they had filed a petition for a writ of mandamus and prohibition against the Gem County Sheriff with the Idaho Supreme Court. The writ states,
“The Petition seeks relief from the Idaho Supreme Court for the obstacles to serving legal documents filed in this case on Defendant Ammon Bundy in his individual and representative capacities. The Gem County Sheriff has clear statutory and constitutional duties to serve legal filings on a private litigant, but refuses to do so because of the threat of violence Bundy poses, and Bundy’s position on Idaho Code § 18-7008 that the Sheriff, his deputies, and private process servers commit criminal trespass by entering Bundy’s property solely to deliver legal documents and cause no property damage. Bundy’s prevention of service of notices, subpoenas, and other filings required to be served in person in this case prejudices Plaintiffs in this litigation. And the Sheriff’s refusal to serve process and acquiescence in Bundy’s interpretation of Idaho Code § 18-7008 violates Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.”notice-of-filing-of-petition-for-writ-of-mandamus
Also on April 18, there was a hearing for a motion for contempt of court. St. Luke’s alleged that Bundy had violated a court order by publicly discussing the civil case against him. The motion for contempt was granted, and Judge Norton issued a warrant of attachment for arrest of Bundy because of the contempt, which included a $10,000 bond. Idaho Dispatch reported on that here: Breaking News: Warrant Issued for the Arrest of Ammon Bundy – Idaho Dispatch
Following yesterday’s hearing, Diego Rodriguez, the grandfather of Baby Cyrus and also named in the civil lawsuit, posted this article to his website: Judge Lynn Norton Just Intentionally Broke the Law, Proving That She is Biased and Malicious and Unfit to Preside Over Our Case (freedomman.org)
Late today St. Luke’s filed a Motion for Default Judgment as well as a Memorandum in Support of the Motion for Default Judgment in the civil case. (You may see all the pages by using the arrows at the bottom of each document.)Proposed Order on Default
Memorandum ISO Order for Default
Feature photo courtesy of Mike Kasper in a video from Mix106
Tags: Ada County, Ammon Bundy, Ammon Bundy for Governor, Baby Cyrus, Diego Rodriguez, Erik Stidham, Freedom Man PAC, Freedom Man Press, Holland and Hart, Idaho Supreme Court, Judge Lynn Norton, Peoples Rights, Save Baby Cyrus