Rusty Brace Defeat’s NOAA Office of Law Enforcement on behalf of Jason and Shane Robinson

-5_t479For longtime fishermen Jason and Shane Robinson, the decision saved them from paying more than $17,000 in fines, which is a relatively low amount compared to other penalties, in part because they were only charged with idling in an MPA too long, not for fishing there, which can bring fines of up to $140,000. But the case also revealed what they believe is an unfair culture of guilty until proved innocent when it comes to commercial fishing laws. “They threaten you based on the fact that it costs more to fight these than to accept a settlement,” said Jason. “That’s what they told me, and that’s how they did it. In my mind, this is their ATM machine. … It feels like extortion.” [email protected] 07:25

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    Yeah Johnny! One for the good guys!
    Same OLE tactics. Squeeze ’em till they give in. Threaten ’em, scare ’em into submission.
    The ALJ had his hands tied. He had no choice but to rule in favor of the Shane Brothers.
    I feel good for them. It’s a very big deal.