What happens when you are out on bail and don’t show up for your court date? Well, this happened to Ammon Bundy. Masks are mandated at the Ada County Courthouse and Ammon Bundy refuses to wear a mask, so the Judge issued a warrant for his arrest for not showing up on his court date. It was the first day of his jury trial and he did not appear. He was arrested, assigned a $10,000 bond, and is now residing in Ada County Jail and he can be brought from there to his jury trial, if he wears a mask.
Bundy wanted a jury trial over the misdemeanor charges of trespassing and resisting arrest from an August incident at the Idaho Statehouse. He refused to leave the Capitol Building in Boise, Idaho during a special session of the legislature. “Troopers were forced to physically remove Bundy from the Senate Gallery,” police said. Bundy and others were at the Capitol demanding an end to the state of emergency.
Ammon Bundy is the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who engaged in an armed showdown with the Federal Bureau of Land Management in 2014 about grazing rights for his cattle. Cliven Bundy had refused to pay the BLM to lease grazing rights over federal land. The Bundys were acquitted for using force in an armed conflict with federal agents. Ammon Bundy is known for the 2016 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. On January 2, 2016, an armed group of far-right anti-government extremists seized and occupied the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, and continued to occupy it until law enforcement made a final arrest on February 11, 2016.
Since that time, the Bundys have built a network of like-minded people who confront situations while armed, called People’s Rights. Ammon Bundy describes this group as a neighborhood watch on steroids. They have participated in over 50 demonstrations at the homes of politicians, health agency managers and even a police officer who had arrested a protester. They demonstrated rather threateningly at Legacy Hospital at Salmon Creek in Clark County, Washington, because a daughter of a Covid patient called them to get her mother released from the hospital because the daughter believed the mother did not have Covid and therefore had no need of any treatment.