I was watching John Stossel’s report “Illegal Everything” this evening and he brought up this case. In his interview by Stossel, Mr. Schoenwetter said he had heard reports that the federal government spent 5 million dollars prosecuting him. As you watch the video (start at the 5:00 mark) and the read the short article that follows it should be noted that Mr. Schoenwetter says he never had more than a driving ticket before this unintended violation of an obscure Honduran rule that the Honduras government even testified he was not guilty of violating. Did it matter? Well of course not.
After all, why would the Honduran government’s opinion matter if the U.S. federal government is determined to punish an American for a non existent violation of said Honduran rule?…Makes sense in MarxiLand.
Also as reported in the Examiner.com, October 2010
Imagine this, you are a seafood broker, you buy lobster tail from someone you have been doing long term business with. The next thing you know you are arrested and facing a federal crime. That is the story of one local Miami man.