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Fighting Wildlife Crime amid Bureaucracy and Solutions

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Sam Jojola

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Background

“This article was originally published for World Animal News in November, 2015 and titled “Wildlife Crimes: Why Is It So Difficult to Enforce Laws”. This is an updated version that includes reference to a 2016 GAO report detailing the shortcomings and successes of combating wildlife trafficking. It often seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. There are some positive changes, but they are slow.”

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Global Anti-Poaching Act of 2015

The passage of the Global Anti-Poaching Act (H.R. 2494) through the House on June 25, 2015 was long overdue and very encouraging news for wildlife law enforcement. It will greatly assist in addressing the rapid expansion of wildlife criminal syndicates and terrorist groups globally. Finally, after decades of “paralysis by analysis” there is some political motivation in the U.S. to deal with the exponential growth of wildlife crime here and around the world. Why has it taken so long?

The most recent GAO report dated September, 2016 titled Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Agencies are taking a range of actions but the task force lacks performance targets for assessing progress: http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679968.pdf

Perhaps there will be another GAO report this year to show measurable progress.

Layers of bureaucracy and political meddling

When one examines the primary agency responsible for investigating wildlife crimes on the federal level, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement (USFWS/OLE) has been and is the lead entity to do so. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is primarily a biological entity under the umbrella of the Department of the Interior that oversees a host of at least nine (9) agencies, like the U.S. Park Service (USPS), the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to name a few. The USFWS/OLE is just one of fifteen (15) National programs managed by USFWS. In essence many layers of government within the Department of the Interior which is not a law enforcement entity like the Department of Justice. Other law enforcement agencies like the FBI, DEA, ATF, ICE, and the Secret Service, are not under the umbrella of a non-law enforcement entity that can sometimes run political interference and impede wildlife investigations and protection. More

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For the past few years, author, educator, and elder and child advocate, Dr. Beverly Newman, has been discriminated against in the Indianapolis court system, where her decades-old incurable, progressive disabilities are discounted and even denied.  Since 2015, Dr. Newman has not even been a party to her Dad’s probate case (Cause No. 49D13-1009-ES-040244) before Judge James Joven, but he continues to issue orders against her as a non-party and has stated his intent to “punish” her if she does not travel to Indianapolis, against expert medical opinions, 1200 miles from Florida, where she has stayed and never left since 2009.

Beverly Newman’s delicate health does not permit her to travel, according to medical records filed with Judge Joven, who recently struck the written expert medical opinions from the court’s record.  Additionally, two attorneys in Judge Joven’s court, Robert W. York and Robert A. Zaban, have publicly and repeatedly subjected Dr. Newman to disability discrimination, denying her disabilities in their numerous court filings over the years, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

On September 6, 2017, on the 14th floor of the City-County Building, at 1:00 PM, Judge Joven has stated he will arrest Beverly Newman if she does not travel to Indianapolis in violation of her Jewish religious beliefs not to risk her life except in extreme emergencies.  Is this what our grossly-overcrowded Indiana jails are for?

To remove Judge Joven from this case, for permitting intolerable disability discrimination in his courtroom,  and to sanction officers of his court, Robert W. York and Robert A. Zaban, contact:

Indiana Supreme Court, which appointed Judge Joven to this case, Chief Justice Loretta Rush   rush.externship@courts.in.gov

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett      city-county.council@indy.gov

Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch            scrouch@lg.in.gov

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