paperburn1 wrote:In Wyoming, over 1,500 acres of prime habitat was burned "accidentally" by a local farmer, burning his irrigation ditches. This fire was much more serious, cost the county, state and federal government millions, yet this farmer wasn't even prosecuted. What gives? The Yellowtail in Wyoming is also controlled by the BLM. Why haven't they prosecuted this farmer?
Because their prosecuting him was about forcing him to relinquish his claim to grazing rights. BLM has a really bad habit of treating federal land like it's their personal property and not letting people use it for it's intended purpose. He wouldn't relinquish his grazing rights so years after the fire event happened they dredged it up and used it against him. He had already admitted that he started the fires so they just needed to twist some words.
Which reminds me, NEVER speak to any authority figure without first consulting a lawyer. Had these gentle done so when the fire incident happened, there would of never been any primary evidence to use against them in the first place. He could of gotten immunity from prosecution in exchange for testimony about what happened and that immunity would of been grandfathered into any future attempts at prosecution.