Medical marijuana persecution vs. improper law practice: CO Supreme Court slaps Kurt Riggin
A fresh development in the bizarre case of Kurt Riggin, a self-proclaimed tribal chief and attorney accused of the improper practice of law plus a string of charges related to his defense of a medical marijuana patient in Park County. A judge has recommended that Riggin's claim of sovereignty based on his work with Native American tribes be ignored. But he's only begun to fight.
Here's the back story, as originally seen in our June 10 post about the charges against Riggin.
Last October, Riggin visited a medical marijuana patient in Park County along with MMJ advocate Timothy Tipton. According to Tipton, the Park County Sheriff's Office had been harassing the man, who reportedly suffers from pancreatic cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder: So the pair visited the office to file what Riggin refers to as an "informal administrative complaint" against the officer in question.
Trouble is, Riggin isn't allowed to practice law in Colorado, despite him being a tribal attorney who's worked with assorted Native American tribes. Indeed, back in 2008, he'd been found guilty in absentia of illegally practicing law in Colorado; click here to read the judgment against him, which includes a $1,000 fine he's never paid.
In Park County, Riggin insists he was merely acting as an advocate for the patient, much as Tipton had done. Nonetheless, he has been charged with attempting to influence a public servant and criminal impersonation. He's got a June 28 court date in Park County related to these charges.
In December, Riggin says he received a letter from the office of attorney Kim Ikeler about the Park County case -- and he was subsequently told to attend a May 14 hearing before Supreme Court disciplinary judge William Lucero at which Ikeler represented the State of Colorado.
Neither Ikeler nor Supreme Court Regulation Counsel John Gleason will comment on the specifics of the case. But the so-called Report of Hearing Master regarding Riggin, submitted under the signature of presiding judge William Lucero, junks Riggin's arguments.