Good News: We Can Send An Old Man To Jail For Digging A Hole

When government gets to big, and, remember, regardless of your politics, this could end up being you (unless your name is Hillary Clinton)

(Daily Caller)  A 78-year-old man imprisoned for digging two ponds in Montana, one on federal land and the other on private property, without a permit has appealed his sentence, according to the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF).

Oral arguments for Joseph Robertson’s appeal began Tuesday in the Ninth Circuit court. Robertson is serving an 18 month sentence in a Colorado federal prison for violating the Clean Water Act and destroying federal property.

Robertson freely admits to digging the ponds, though he thought he was digging them both on private property when he began excavation. He takes issue with the federal government’s charge that his digging caused pollution in “waters of the U.S.” protected under the Clean Water Act. The nearest navigable river, the Jefferson, is 60 miles away, according to the Montana standard.

9th Circuit? He’s doomed.

Robertson and his supporters disagree that the wetlands around the ponds are a nexus and say the Clean Water Act’s definition of a “navigable water” is unconstitutionally vague and leads to violations of individuals property rights, according to the PLF.

“This is the government going too far,” local Montanan and Robertson’s friend Jim Buterbaugh told the Montana Standard. “He’s a mile away from the creek, so I don’t see where he’s going to be polluting since his ponds are groundwater ponds.”

So, we can send this old man to jail for this idiocy, yet, we aren’t allowed to deport illegal aliens who violated U.S. laws and sovereignty. Nor prosecute Hillary and her compatriots for violations of federal regulations, along with the Espionage Act.

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4 Responses to “Good News: We Can Send An Old Man To Jail For Digging A Hole”

  1. Jeffery says:

    We thought you believed in following the law and condemned prosecutorial discretion?

    And you finish with “Lock Her Up!”.

    #ClownShow

  2. alanstorm says:

    I see you brought your personal hashtag along. It fits.

    Conservatives DO generally believe in following the law. That’s why we get so pissed when idiot laws (See “Obamacare” for a really egregious example) get passed. Also, it’s hard to get rid of them once the parasites attach themselves.

    However, this isn’t a law. It’s a regulation promulgated by an out-of-control agency.

  3. Jeffery says:

    You’re confused. Congress enables agencies to institute regulations which have the force of law. A jury decided Mr. Roberson’s case. Earlier, the Supreme Court was split 4-1-4 on clarifying the Clean Water Act regulations that allowed the prosecution of Mr. Robertson.

    The Republican Congress and Republican fake president can dismantle the agencies or at least tighten the reins.

    http://mtstandard.com/natural-resources/a-drop-in-the-pond-joseph-robertson-shrugs-off-federal/article_cc763370-d510-5d3f-abb2-93cbf9d1fc16.html

  4. Sally says:

    America is so over! When will post-Americans figure this out!

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