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Florida Fisherman John L. Yates Wins Supreme Court Case, is off the hook in grouper-tossing case

Yates, herald-tribuneA Florida fisherman convicted of tossing undersized grouper off his boat is off the hook after a divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that he should not have been prosecuted under a law targeting accounting fraud. In a 5-4 opinion, the justices threw out the conviction of commercial fishing boat captain John Yates, who was prosecuted under a law passed in the wake of the Enron scandal. Read the rest here 11:02

Off the Hook: Florida fisherman lands in U.S. Supreme Court case weighing government overreach

JohnYates_10163339_ver1_0_640_480John Yates doesn’t make his living as a commercial fisherman anymore. The federal conviction he is fighting all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court took care of that. Instead, he scraped together everything he had, opened a boutique furniture store and called it Off the Hook. Read the rest here 19:32

Former Cortez fisherman shares his side of case that has reached U.S. Supreme Court

John Yates remembers the day his life as a commercial fisherman was forever changed. The 62-year-old sat inside his Cortez furnishing store Off the Hook on Wednesday and recalled that day in October 2007. As he shared his story, Yates’ wife Sandy — who has a background in law — and their daughter Jennifer Miller were more than 900 miles away in Washington, D.C. for his case in front of the United States Supreme Court. Read the rest here 11:16

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Like Enron, But With Fish – The Supreme Court Appeal of Fisherman John L. Yates

court-yates-09-07-lnConsider this one of the fishiest Sarbanes-Oxley suits in the history of the law: an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is urging the justices to weigh in on whether shredding fish is comparable to shredding documents, as both were used to hide violations of federal law, according to Forbes. Read more here  One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish — Equals A Sarbox Felony?  Read the Forbes article here  08:29