This week six friend of the court briefs were filed asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Joe Robertson’s Clean Water Act case. Robertson, a 77-year-old Navy veteran in the small town of Basin, Montana, was unjustly convicted of Clean Water Act violations for digging firefighting ponds to protect his property.
The prosecution turned on the definition of “navigable waters,” even though Joe’s ponds are 40 miles away from the nearest navigable river. PLF has asked the Supreme Court to overturn Robertson’s conviction.
These supportive briefs represent a very good showing for Joe’s case and substantially increase the likelihood the court will hear the case.
Here are the highlights:
The government will be filing its response to Joe’s petition in early January. Stay tuned for more updates.