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St. Lukes Sues Gem County Sheriff While Judge Issues Warrant for Ammon Bundy's Arrest

•, Joseph Brown

Last week, April 18th, Erik Stidham, lead attorney for St. Luke's hospital filed a 335 page Writ of Mandamus against the Gem County Sheriff in the Idaho Supreme CourtGem County Sheriff Donnie Wunder had prior to the court filing informed St. Luke's representatives that he will no longer serve legal papers to Ammon Bundy on his property. The week before, on the 6th of April, two Gem County Sheriff deputies came to Bundy's home to serve him more St Luke's documents. Not finding him in the home they began walking around the house and buildings knocking on and looking into windows. After going into a covered storage portion of a building they eventually found him in the work area of the shop and served him the papers. In an update on the case, written by Ammon Bundy, he admitted that he was very upset with the sheriff deputies walking around his property and going into buildings that they had no right to enter. After chasing them out, he told the deputies to leave and never come back. He further reported that he called the sheriff's department with his concerns and officially trespassed all the deputies.

Bundy claims that he could have filled a dumpster full of the papers that have been sent to him by St. Lukes, via Holland & Hart (St. Lukes law firm). Two days before the sheriff deputies served papers on him, another process server served the same papers on Mr. Bundy at his home. He also received the papers from the US Mail and then received the papers from Fed-Ex and again from UPS. Bundy stated that this has been going on for about a year now. On Monday April 10th Sheriff Wunder called Bundy to talk over the matter. Ammon Bundy reported that "the conversation was good and the sheriff was respectful" and that, "the sheriff said he wanted to work with me, not against me". At the end of the conversation, Bundy said he emphasized to the sheriff, that after what happen with his deputies a few days ago, everyone from the sheriff's department is trespassed from his property, "Unless I have committed some crime no one from your department is to come onto my property" he said.