This is important. I’ve written about it numerous times: a peaceful, well-intentioned inventor tries to produce environmentally clean fuel cell, and the eco-freak bureaucrats at the EPA end up putting him in jail. What’s wrong with this picture?
Plenty. The Krister Evertson case is a travesty of justice. This week, the Washington Legal Foundation filed a new petition on behalf of the would-be inventor, Evertson. I write about this latest legal move here, at CFIF, as part of a continuing series on the dreadful problem of federal “overcriminalization” and its twin, what I call “prosecutorial abuse.”
Back in Idaho, using a different law, they charged him with improper transportation and abandonment/disposal of a hazardous substance – because, several years earlier, he had driven his materials about a mile, stored them (again, with great care and perfectly safely) at a friend’s auto-parts yard and then left them behind when he moved to Alaska.
Never mind that the materials weren’t waste, weren’t hazardous in the form that he stored them and had been neither abandoned nor disposed of – because, of course, he intended to return and use them once he raised more money.
Legal error piled upon legal error, and Evertson found himself serving a 21-month sentence – for an entirely victimless, bogus “infraction” that fits no reasonable definition of a “crime.”
Please read this column, and especially the more detailed links within it. This case is enough to make you cry, or to scream in anger. And it highlights, again, just how dangerous an unchecked government can be.