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Cause of Action Executive Director Dan Epstein said Black is the first person to be criminally charged for violating the marina mammal act. Others who committed more egregious actions in the past have received minimal administrative fines.


“Ms. Black’s case illustrates how the power of the federal bureaucracy can affect the lives of hard-working Americans,” he said, calling it a cautionary tale. “When power is unchecked, it becomes unbridled and so individuals and small businesses often end up as victims of its abuse.”