Ammon Bundy, a well-known anti-government activist from Idaho who is most known for organizing an armed takeover of federal land in Oregon seven years ago, has been forced to pay a Boise hospital $26 million, as reported by CNN.

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The verdict was announced late on Monday following a ten-day civil trial during which Ammon Bundy was conspicuously absent. Attorneys for St. Luke’s Hospital testified during the trial that there had been a widespread campaign of bullying, intimidation, and misinformation directed at medical professionals.

Who is Ammon Bundy?

Ammon Edward Bundy is an American anti-government activist and militant. He is 47 years old. He is most known for organizing the 2016 takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. He is the rancher Cliven Bundy’s son, who played a key role in the 2014 Nevada Bundy standoff over unpaid grazing fees on federally controlled public property.

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Bundy founded the far-right People’s Rights network in March 2020. He was detained more than five times during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of his involvement in demonstrations and disruptions against the state of Idaho’s COVID-19 mitigation measures. 

He ran for the Idaho governor’s office in the 2022 election. He first submitted paperwork to run in the Republican primary, but he then changed his mind and decided to run as an independent in the general election. Bundy put out an effort, but he was unable to win; as a result, he finished third in the contest for governor.

He is married to Lisa. The couple has six children, three daughters and three sons.

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Ammon Bundy accused St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center of negligence when a friend’s grandson received medical care after being taken into custody by the police. Bundy staged demonstrations outside the hospital to demand accountability for what he saw to be misconduct in response to his concerns. But as a result of these protests, he was taken into custody for trespassing on the hospital grounds.