A new warrant for the arrest of Diego Rodriguez, the grandfather of Baby Cyrus, was issued today in State District Court in Ada County by Judge Lynn Norton in the lawsuit involving St. Luke’s Hospital and Ammon Bundy.
Because of a motion for contempt being granted in State Court, there was a previous warrant for Rodriguez’s arrest. But on May 23, he had filed a Notice of Removal to Federal Court. Idaho Dispatch reported on that here: Rodriguez Files Notice of Removal to Federal Court in St. Luke’s Lawsuit – Idaho Dispatch Following the Notice, Ada County Judge Norton issued an Order Quashing and Recalling Warrant on May 31. There was also a stay of the State Court case, pending the review of the Notice in Federal Court.Order Quashing and Recalling Warrant
On May 26 the Federal Court dismissed the Notice as moot. Six days later the State Court caught up and issued this Order Lifting Stay on June 1.
“The Court has received notice that the United States District Court for the State of Idaho…dismissed Diego Rodriguez’s Notice of Removal to Federal Court as moot on May 26, 2023. This permitted the state District Court to continue proceedings in this case. Therefore, the Court lifts its stay on proceedings in this case effective May 27, 2023.”
The order went on to schedule a hearing for today, June 6, to address a list of motions pending in state District Court.
Rodriguez had filed a motion to appear by video conference for the hearing that took place today. His motion was denied by Judge Norton, so Rodriguez was not present, either in person or through video conference.
Rodriguez had also filed an Opposition to Motion for Contempt yesterday, June 5, but it was not heard today by Judge Norton. You can view the entire Opposition here:Opposition to Motion for Contempt
The motions cited on the June 1 Order Lifting Stay were argued by Holland & Hart, attorneys for St. Luke’s Hospital, which included a new motion for contempt. Judge Norton granted that motion, and citing failure to obey court orders, issued a new Warrant of Attachment for the arrest of Rodriguez. A $25,000 bond was set.
A hearing for a “discovery referee” is set in this case for June 14. No time or location was specified. A status conference is scheduled in the courtroom of Judge Lynn Norton on June 20 at four o’clock in the afternoon.
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