May 20, 2004
Judge slings out "sailor mongering" case
The Justice Department's prosecution of Greenpeace, sparked by a protest against the importation of illegally harvested mahogany, was thrown out yesterday afternoon in Miami.
Then , on July 18,2003, charges were brought against Greenpeace.
A statement by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida said that "Greenpeace conspired with its members and employees to place Hillary Hosta and Scott Anderson on board the APL-JADE, a container ship which entered the Port of Miami on the afternoon of April 12, 2002. About three miles from the entrance to the Port of Miami, Hosta and Anderson climbed up the APL-JADE's pilot's ladder, from a boat registered to Greenpeace and operated by a Greenpeace employee, with the intent to drape Greenpeace banners on one of the ship's cargo containers. After reaching the APL-JADE's pilot house, Hosta and Anderson attempted to evade the ship's crew but were apprehended and detained until the ship moored and law enforcement arrived. Two other boats, one owned by Greenpeace and one chartered by Greenpeace, maneuvered near the APL-JADE while flying Greenpeace flags. When the Coast Guard responded, one of the boats attempted to evade law enforcement. Hosta, Anderson, and the individuals on the boats were arrested on April 12, 2002. They made their initial appearances before United States Magistrate Judge Ted. E. Bandstra on April 15, 2002, and during June 2002 Hosta, Anderson, and four other participants were convicted of boarding a vessel before its arrival in port, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2279.
That law was enacted in response to the problem of "sailor mongering."