Honestly folks, you cannot make this stuff up. As we reported earlier this week, Obama has begun the nation’s largest mass release of federal prisoners – six thousand to start, and up to 50,000 potentially. Many of these folks are repeat offenders, former drug dealers and drug users.
But at the same time, the Obama administration is throwing a fisherman in jail for catching too many fish.
As Judicial Watch reports, “The feds actually went after a commercial fisherman named Anthony Jospeh for“Fisheries Fraud” because he caught too many fluke. Then, he lied about it to the government—“systematically underreporting fluke”—and that got him in a boatload of trouble.
Last week the New York fisherman got sentenced to seven months in prison, a $603,000 fine and three years of supervised release following incarceration, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement. This overfishing business is serious stuff, according to the language in the federal document. “In order to cover up the illegal fluke harvesting, Joseph falsified” the reports he sent to the government agency that regulates fishing and “he also utilized the exempted fisheries permit quota that was acquired through” a federal program as a “mask for his fluke overages.”
Wow! Fluke overages. That sounds pretty hardcore.
Apparently, it’s way worse than what some of those newly freed drug dealers did to land them in the slammer. Or is it? Last night on “The Factor” Fox legal analysts Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle took a look at some of those “non-violent” offenders now being released from jail.
“One of the most egregious offenders is a drug trafficker named Roscoe Minns. “He is a 37-year-old black male,” Guilfoyle reported, “who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. He had 11 months shaved off his sentence and has now been released.” Wiehl added that Minns was a repeat offender and is not averse to violence. “He had guns, $3-million worth of cocaine, and he had three prior offenses.”
Sure, let this dealer out, and sleep easy. Because our streets are much safer with one less fisherman out there.
However as of Last week the administration started releasing the first wave of 6,000 drug convicts who will get out of jail early. “In all, about 50,000 prisoners are eligible for early release and federal authorities claim they’re all “non-violent” offenders whose sentences were too long in the first place. Federal prosecutors have warned that drug trafficking is inherently violent and therefore the phrase “non-violent drug offenders” is a misnomer. The nation’s prosecutors also caution that reducing prison sentences for drug offenders will weaken their ability to bring dangerous drug traffickers to justice.”
But that’s ok. According to former Attorney General Eric Holder, harsh sentences for drug trafficking unfairly target minorities and poor. More lenient penalties will fix that.
I’ve got an idea. How ‘bout getting rid of ALL our laws? Then NO minorities will ever be “unfairly targeted” for prison. There won’t be any crimes to commit, and no one will be in jail!
[Note: This article was written by Ashley Edwardson]