Strange court case for Burning Man drug suspects
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- It wasn't as surreal as Burning Man itself, but the courtroom banter was a bit unorthodox when two so-called "Burners" from San Francisco appeared in Reno federal court to answer drug charges.
Robert Louis Ruenzel II and Lindsey Ann Neverisky were looking at five years in prison or more after federal agents arrested them last week in an RV stocked with marijuana, cocaine, psychedelic mushrooms, and other narcotics at the annual counter culture festival in the desert 120 miles north of Reno.
They were allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge, but there was a catch.
The U.S. Attorney's Office asked that they not be allowed to attend this year's Burning Man festival that concluded Sunday. To that, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Cobb called the prosecutor a "killjoy."