Wronged Fisherman Larry Yacubian forced to sue after Commerce Department denies claim
August 13, 2012 -- Captain Larry Yacubian, a former New Bedford,
Massachusetts fishermen who lost his business, his boat, his license to
fish - and literally the family farm - as a result of a Federal
prosecution described by the United States Secretary of Commerce
as having "overstepped the bounds of propriety and fairness..." is
seeking to hold the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) accountable for its actions in a recently filed lawsuit
in United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. "By
forcing them to face the consequences of their actions, I hope to deter
the agency from continuing its egregious conduct and to remedy the harm
NOAA has done to my family and me," said Captain Yacubian.
For background on NOAA's mistreatment of Capt. Yacubian, see this video from 'Dan Rather Reports'
November 19, 2014 -- Fish are tangible objects, and Congress was right to criminalize the destruction of tangible objects when the intent is to obstruct a criminal investigation. The problem isn't with the law, but with the way the government used it against John Yates.