Rickards Changes Mind on Pot Plea, Attorney Withdraws From Case

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Peter Rickards now has a jury trial set for May 14 in Twin Falls County District Court.

  • Peter Rickards now has a jury trial set for May 14 in Twin Falls County District Court.



A well known anti-nuclear activist and one-time Idaho gubernatorial candidate wants to get a second legal opinion before moving forward with his trial on charges of marijuana trafficking.


The Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office said it seized more than four pounds of marijuana in May 2013 when they arrested Peter Rickards. The pot had a reported street value of $17,000. Thirty-two live marijuana plants were also siezed.


But Rickards said that he had a "religious right" to his plants, adding that the plants were "sacramental" and served medicinal purposes.


And after his attorney, Keith Roark, initially indicated that there would be a change of plea, Rickards said he wanted to obtain a second opinion, saying that he was "not being treated in a fair and equal manner." Roark said he has now withdrawn as Rickards' attorney.


This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Rickards faces a jury trial, now set to begin Wednesday, May 14, in Twin Falls County District Court.



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