An Idaho judge has issued a $250,000 arrest warrant for anti-government activist Ammon Bundy, the man who organized a takeover of an Oregon wildlife reserve that left one of his supporters dead, Andrew Buncombe reports for The Guardian. Bundy fell foul of the court after not attending hearings in relation to a $52.5m defamation ruling against him and his political organization.
Instead of appearing at his most recent required court date, Bundy sent an email in which he said his life had been “consumed by political prosecutions.” In response, district judge Nancy Baskin revoked Bundy’s $10,000 bond and ordered his arrest. Bundy’s latest brush with the law follows a court decision earlier this year that found him and another defendant, Diego Rodriguez, guilty of defaming St Luke’s medical center in Boise. Bundy has previously twice managed to escape efforts by the authorities to convict him.