High-profile Boise attorney joins Yantis team

Boise attorney joins Yantis team.

BOISE - One of Idaho's highest profile attorneys is now on the Jack Yantis case.

Boise's Chuck Peterson has joined the Gerry Spence law firm, which is heading up the case of the Council rancher who was shot and killed by Adams County deputies.           

Peterson told KTVB they are conducting an independent investigation into the case with a close eye on the state and the federal investigations.         

And he said he believes they will all come to the same conclusion.

"We feel good about the facts and we feel like the facts will be discovered by the federal, state and our investigation that will show that Jack Yantis died needlessly." said Peterson.


He also said he believes they will get the Idaho State Police reports on their investigation in a "relatively short time." But, when asked about a timeline for whether there will be charges and a potential trial, Peterson said it's too early in the case to be looking that far in the future.

"I'm not sure there will be an actual trial. It's really hard to see where this will end up."  Said Peterson.

"From our perspective what matters is that the actual facts are discovered. We are going to let the investigation take its course and act accordingly when it's done. If that means filing a Civil Rights lawsuit on behalf of the Yantis family then that's what we'll do."

Peterson said it's a process that could take years to play out.

In his 30 years of practicing law, Peterson has been involved in some of the state's biggest cases, including Ruby Ridge and, most recently, Fazliddin Kurbanov, who was convicted of terrorism related charges.

Fellow Boise attorney Paul Winward is also on the Yantis attorney team.


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