Meet John Yates of Yates v. United States

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 […]

Supreme Court Restrains The Government: A Financial Fraud Law Does Not Criminalize Undersized Fish

The Supreme Court ruled that John Yates, a commercial fisherman, could not be prosecuted under a financial-fraud law for catching undersized red grouper.

Lawyer for John Yates Thanks Cause of Action

Read the letter here. Thank You Letter to Cause of Action by Cause of Action

National Law Journal: Post-Enron Law Snags Fisherman

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.

National Law Journal: Justices Fear Over-Prosecution in Case Against Fisherman

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

Greenwire: Justices to weigh prosecution of fisherman under white-collar law

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

SCOTUSblog: Argument preview: Can plain language be vague?

Cause of Action urges the Court to hear the case and to act against the over-criminalization.