On February 25, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that John Yates, a commercial fisherman, could not be prosecuted under a financial-fraud law [18 USC §1519] for catching undersized red grouper. Cause of Action, together with the Southeastern Legal Foundation and the Texas Public Policy Foundation, filed a brief in support […]
The Supreme Court ruled that John Yates, a commercial fisherman, could not be prosecuted under a financial-fraud law for catching undersized red grouper.
Read the letter here. Thank You Letter to Cause of Action by Cause of Action
Yates finds support in briefs from the Chamber, NACDL, the Cato Institute, Pacific Legal Foundation, Cause of Action, former Rep. Michael Oxley of Ohio and 18 criminal law professors.
This law was designed to apply to business records. To do anything else leads you into the land of absurdities that justices Breyer and Kennedy pointed out
The court’s willingness to take up the case appears to be part of a trend among the justices to address instances of potentially over-aggressive prosecution
Cause of Action urges the Court to hear the case and to act against the over-criminalization.