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 August 14, 2023

Far-right activist Ammon Bundy jailed in Idaho

Far-right activist Ammon Bundy, known for running against Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little, was arrested.

Bundy's Twitter account shared a video of Bundy in handcuffs being removed from a banquet event.

The statement

"Ammon was arrested this evening at his son's football banquet. Gather at Gem County Sheriff's office in Emmett if you can! We believe he is at the Gem County Jail," his account shared.

"Please, if you can’t make it, start making calls complaining about this continued harassment of such a wonderful man. Thank you," it added.

His arrest

"Records at the Gem County Jail show that he was arrested for a contempt charge out of Ada County. He will have an option of bonding out at a $10,000 bond," KTVB reported.

"If he does not bond out, he will be held in the jail over the weekend, speak with a judge Monday morning and then be transported to the Ada County Jail within 24-48 hours of when they schedule a hearing," it added.

The lawsuit

"Bundy refused to show up to court for a lawsuit filed by St. Luke's Health System for defamation and harassment," Idaho News reported.

"In July, after a default judgment, a jury ordered Bundy to pay $26 million, part of the total $52.5 million ordered between him and his fellow defendants. About half of that was in compensatory damages and the other half was in punitive damages. The lawsuit is in response to what the health system calls a "smear campaign" consisting of harassment, false statements, and trespassing. ," it added.

Bundy received over 100,000 votes in the last election in Idaho for governor, making the arrest a highly visible situation in the state.

The lawsuit came after a campaign by Bundy that claimed St. Luke's was running a child trafficking ring over the case of a child who was cared for by the state's Department of Health and Welfare over concerns about a child's wellbeing.

The video of Bundy's arrest at his own son's football fundraiser has gone viral, making the situation much more visible in the lawsuit that has already been highly controversial for the former gubernatorial candidate and the health system he has campaigned against.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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