US Takes Greenpeace To Court In Unusual Trial

Greenpeace, charged with the obscure crime of sailor mongering that was last prosecuted 114 years ago, goes on trial on Monday in the first US criminal prosecution of an advocacy group for civil disobedience. The environmental group is accused of sailor mongering because it boarded a freighter in April 2002 that was carrying illegally felled Amazon mahogany to Miami. It says the prosecution is revenge for its criticism of the environmental policies of the retarded monkey boy, whom it calls the Toxic Texan. Sailor mongering was rife in the 19th century when brothels sent prostitutes laden with booze onto ships as they made their way to harbour. The idea was to get the sailors so drunk they could be whisked to shore and held in bondage, and a law was passed against it in 1872. It has only been used in a court of law twice, the last time in 1890

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