One question: Why?
What a dumb waste.
Funny. I just reviewed the powers of Congress in Article I, section 8 and
didn't seen anything authorizing Congress to pass a Paleontology
Preservation Act. I guess this poor guy didn't have enough money to pay
his lawyer $1M to challenge the constitutionality of such a rogue act.
Why is he getting off so easily? That footprint was there for over 65 million
years and now its gone.
Two questions come to mind.1) Was beer involved?2) Why
didn't he make a video and post it on youtube? regis asks the
Who selected the photo that runs with the article? Decency would dictate that a
less offensive photo should have been used.I agree with Tumbleweed.
The federal government has no authority to regulate dinosaur fossils. Common
decency would make us leave things where they are found. Mr. Ehlers may be
guilty of something, but he broke no federal law that was legally assigned to
the federal government by the Constitution.
@Tumbleweed & Mike Richards - First off, it's a footprint, not a
fossil. Secondly, The constitution is not the end all, be all of U.S.
legislation. That was never the intention of the founding fathers. The
understood that no single document could ever fully encompass all the laws and
regulations needed to govern a nation. It's not patriotism to claim
"that's not in the Constitution" when someone breaks the law,
it's just plain defiance. The footprint was on federal land and
is therefore protected. Adhering to basic rules of common decency is all well
and good, and should be something we all strive to do, but without an actual law
then there's no recourse when someone chooses to ignore those rules. Frankly, I think this guy got off pretty easily, but I also feel justice
was adequately served. He stole a dinosaur footprint and threw it in a river. He
didn't commit murder, he didn't hurt or maim anyone in the process and
his name and face have been all over the news, so I think it's time to
close the books on this and move on.
@Tumbleweed & Mike Richards --So, by your logic, does the
federal government have the power to try people for murder? For drug
possession? Those don't appear anywhere in the constitution, either?How about bankruptcy proceedings?
I'm still trying to figure out how he "threw" a 150 pound rock in
What I want to know is this. He got a fine no jail time, and the boy scouts from
Salt Lake city that chipped out the tracks from the Dinosaur race way, and threw
them in Red fleet Reservoir out by Vernal UT, they got a slap on the wrist and
that's all. Now will some one on here please explain that to me. Or is
because of the backers of the BSA in Utah?
@not hereThe BSA is a protected club here in Utah. It's affiliation
with the Church and its strong historical ties to the community usually absolves
it from most of it's wrong doing.
@ tumbleweed don't use the classic comics version of the
constitution Check article ivThe Congress shall have Power to
dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory
or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this
Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United
States, or of any particular State.The Government Owns the land ande
can make rule for it
The track was actually not on blm land it was close but in truth it was on state