US federal judge declares boating illegal in all US navigable waters
Posted by mythoughtsandnews on September 23, 2006
In a rather bizarre ruling that has marine industry officials worried, Judge Robert G. James of the United States District Court, Western Division of Louisiana, has said that it is criminal trespass for the American boating public to boat, fish, or hunt on the Mississippi River and other navigable waters in the US.
In the case of Normal Parm v. Sheriff Mark Shumate, James ruled that federal law grants exclusive and private control over the waters of the river, outside the main shipping channel, to riparian landowners. The shallows of the navigable waters are no longer open to the public. That, in effect, makes boating illegal across most of the country.
“Even though this action seems like a horrible pre-April fools joke, it is very serious,” said Phil Keeter, MRAA president, in a statement. “Because essentially all the waters and waterways of our country are considered navigable in the US law, this ruling declares recreational boating, water skiing, fishing, waterfowl hunting, and fishing tournaments to be illegal and the public subject to jail sentences for recreating with their families.”
Next thing you know, over zealous ignorant self-centered uneducated corrupt judges will make it illegal to walk on sidewalks. More and more of these so-called judges are taking more rights away from Americans at the same rate as the government.
It is not up to them to rewrite American History to suit their own misguided sense of justice. There are more important things that judges can rule over. To bad they can not put the same effort in to fighting crime or putting real criminals in prison.