This may be the most insane thing I’ve heard this week. Apparently, U.S. courts sentenced a man to eight years in prison for importing undersized lobsters, in violation of Honduran law. The kicker: The attorney general of Honduras wrote the courts in the wake of the convictions to make clear that the supposed law in question (which carried a small fine as penalty) had been repealed years earlier. Appeals courts have nevertheless declined to overturn the conviction; the guy has remained in jail since 2001. Jonathan Rauch wrote about the case back in April.
Pinched for a Lobster
June 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment