The trial in the civil lawsuit of St. Luke’s Hospital, et al. vs. Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez wrapped up Friday and is now in the hands of the jury.
The lawsuit is part of an ongoing dispute regarding the removal of a minor child from the custody of his parents, which became known as “Save Baby Cyrus,” and included several consecutive days of protests in Boise. You can read the case information and filing in our previous article here: St. Luke’s Hospital Suing Ammon Bundy, Diego Rodriguez, and Various Other Entities Regarding Protests – Idaho Dispatch
David with the Idaho Dispatch was in the courtroom for the entire ten-day trial. Attorneys from the law firm Holland & Hart represented St. Luke’s Hospital. They used the full ten days to call multiple witnesses. Bundy and Rodriguez were not present and no defense counsel was present on their behalf.
This is a compilation of the Idaho Dispatch social media updates as the days of the trial progressed.
Erik Stidham, counsel for St. Luke’s, in opening statements to the jury claimed,
“Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez are cowards for not being here.”Advertisement
Erik Stidham released name of infant Cyrus during an expert slide of Dr. Wheaton. He claimed he would keep the identity of the baby confidential during opening statements to the jury.
An anonymous social media post was used to allege that Ammon and Diego are antisemitic. One of St. Luke’s hired experts formerly of Center For New Community in Chicago made this claim. The post was written by a user with the pseudonym ‘Chad Natzee’ regarding the CPS case involving Baby Cyrus. It said,
“Chris Roth, that slimy Jew, is getting strung up along with everyone else who is complacent in the medical tyranny, DOTR is coming, faggots.”Advertisement
Devin Burghart, Director of Institute Research Education Human Rights (IREHR), testified that People’s Rights Network is at the top of the list for their Threat Matrix. Burghart was paid to give expert testimony.
During Chris Roth’s [St. Luke’s CEO] testimony it was revealed that St. Luke’s Threat Assessment Team asked for local F.B.I. field office to monitor for posts relating to the child’s care team. Idaho Criminal Intelligence Center and Saint Luke’s Health System Cyber Security also monitored “doxxing”.
Ada County Sheriff’s Department R. Krantz closed the courtroom to the public.
Judge Nancy Baskin argued with Attorney Erik Stidham, Holland & Hart, regarding admission of contents of entire Freedom Man website including comments, exhibit 351.
Judge Nancy Baskin amended Courtroom Decorum instructions and claimed the locked courtroom between 8 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. was a miscommunication.
Dave Jeppesen, Director of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) [of which Child Protective Services is a part], during testimony claimed his agency’s support for Pride events is for “public health.”
One of the female juror motions to the Marshall she needs to exit the courtroom. Judge Nancy Baskin orders recess.
Stew Peters quote from Baby Cyrus Official Telegram Channel presented.
“This is war, and I’m not sitting in some foxhole somewhere waiting to be destroyed. I’m throwing the bayonets on and running at these satanic, killer communist leftists and RINO losers. Who’s with me? LET’S GO!”
Devin Burghart, Executive Director of IREHR out of Seattle testified that his organization uses software to compile chats, monitor, and record.
Dave Jeppesen, Director of IDHW, testified that Child Protective Services (CPS) in 2022 received 23,300 referrals, 9,300 screened, and 1,213 removed from home “came into care.” 62% return home to biological parents.
Jeppesen testified that he has cancelled parental rights for 1,400 children since 2019 and signed their adoption papers.
Will Woods, St. Luke’s Meridian Security Officer, claimed in testimony that the individuals who accompanied Ammon Bundy the night of Baby Cyrus being taken to the hospital, “scattered like cockroaches” after Bundy being trespassed.
Judge Nancy Baskin admonishes Erik Stidham, Partner at Holland and Hart, for calling Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez “cowards” in front of the jury during questioning Dr. Rachel Thomas. Baskin tells Stidham for the second day in a row to follow the rules of evidence and again voices her concern regarding hearsay. She also explains that repeating the answers of questions is slowing down the trial.
Judge Nancy Baskin has struck the female juror that became ill yesterday. Jury now consists of 12 jurors and two alternates.
Officer McGilvery, Meridian Police Department, claimed in testimony today that Ammon Bundy, while at the ambulance bay at St. Luke’s Meridian, was,
“happy to be arrested, those were his intentions of coming there.”
Judge Nancy Baskin, commenting on the quantity of exhibits presented by Holland and Hart said it was,
“overwhelming to the court, let alone the jurors.”
Dr. James Souza, Chief Physician Executive, testified that,
“Absence of family is a direct threat to patient safety.”
Mr. Abbondandolo, Senior Director of Security at St. Luke’s testified in reference to People’s Rights organizing a protest outside St. Luke’s the morning after Baby Cyrus was taken by CPS.
“I was surprised a group could function that quickly.”
Mr. Abbondandolo testified in reference to the social media postings surrounding Baby Cyrus, it was similar to,
“What we would see in domestic terrorism.”
He then mentioned his experience in Texas with the Branch Davidians.
Medical expert Dr. Wheaton of St. Al’s Pediatrics testified,
“The parents were responsible for the worsening health of the infant after the initial hospitalization. Specifically, the parents were medically neglectful with following the recommendations for feeding their infant.”
Dr. Camille LaCroix, St. Luke’s forensic psychiatry expert, has diagnosed Dr. Natasha Erickson and Nurse Practitioner Tracy Jungman [both are named petitioners in the lawsuit] with PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder from the events surrounding the Baby Cyrus CPS case.
Beth Toal, V.P. of Communications and Marketing for St. Luke’s Health System, testified today that Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez used social media as a,
“Deliberate, strategic, corporate level attack.”
“Their weapon was social media.”
“Nature of threat was something we had never experienced before.”
Jessica Flynn, CEO of Red Sky, expert witness for St.Luke’s on public relations and marketing testified that
“Idaho Dispatch is a small extremist outlet based in Idaho.”
“Disinformation campaign, intentional intent to deceive.”
Flynn testified that CISA, SPLC, IREHR were referenced to come to this conclusion.
Flynn also gave her expert opinion on damages suffered by St. Luke’s, saying the value and reach of the media campaign in regard to Baby Cyrus was,
“$23,171,917 Advertising Value Equivalency, 2.51 billion eyeballs.”
“The cost to St. Luke’s to repair defamation damages: a $16,775,054 Reputation Campaign.
Spencer Fomby, Howard University Washington D.C., Berkeley P.D. 20 years, St. Luke’s expert on extremism testified,
“Ammon Bundy’s PRN is an extremist group with a documented history of threatening and violent behavior.”
“Use typical extremist playbook.”
Fomby also said,
“The disruption of March 15, 2022 posed a serious risk of violence, not a protest.”
“The misinformation has recently taken on accusations of genital mutilation.”
“The systematic doxing and harassment of Chris Roth, Dr. Natasha Erickson, Tracy Jungman and St. Luke’s was intended to intimidate and terrorize the plaintiffs.”
Fomby further testified, saying,
“Examples of Radicalization: Robert Jones [is a] violent extremist, NATO Pyramid Model. Bundy made Jones a hero within PRN for his jail time. Carrying it open in a holster, it is meant to intimidate people.”
Dennis Reinstein CPA, St. Luke’s finance expert testified today:
“Present value of losses and costs to St. Luke’s Health Systems as a result of Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez actions: $49,399,123.”
“Costs of new security personnel and equipment. “Tasers, Reflex Protect Spray Gel, Body Camera, Bullet Proof Vest, Drone Patrol Program – Total annual impact $4,640,203″ to St. Luke’s Health Systems as a result of Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez actions.”
11:30a: St. Luke’s rests its case against Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez. Holland and Hart prepares for closing arguments at 2:30 P.M. today.
Judge Nancy Baskin releases two alternate jurors from the courthouse. Jury is now in deliberation.
Idaho Dispatch will bring you the decision and results of the jury’s deliberations as soon as it is available.
Photo courtesy of East Idaho News
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