James Udall, a resident of Auburn, who was facing obstruction charges for resisting the removal of wildflowers planted near his house, has seen the charges significantly reduced by the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office.
The Citizen reports that Udall pleaded guilty to a city code violation and was granted an unconditional discharge by Judge David Thurston, with no imposed fine or surcharge.
Initially, Udall had been charged with second- and third-degree obstruction of governmental administration following his refusal to allow city employees to cut down his wildflowers.
Despite his initial desire for a jury trial, Udall now hopes to work with the city to improve the Osborne Street neighborhood.
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