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Lacey Act

United States v. Bengis

A district court ordered three men to pay South Africa $29.5 million in restitution for illegally harvesting and importing into the United States large quantities of West Coast rock lobsters from South African waters in violation of the...

United States v. Koczuk

The court holds that a district court relied on several erroneous bases in reducing two individuals' sentences for smuggling sturgeon roe into the United States without a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild...

United States v. Dove

The court holds that a district court erred in including as "relevant conduct" for sentencing purposes an individual's sale of 118 black bear gall bladders to an undercover agent. The court first holds that the district court erred...

United States v. Santillan

The court upholds the conviction of an individual charged with smuggling 10 baby parrots across the U.S. border in violation of the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act does not require knowledge of the particular law violated by the possession or...

United States v. Tomono

The court holds that a district court erred in granting a Japanese reptile importer/exporter who violated the Lacey Act a three-level downward departure from U.S. Sentencing Guidelines based on cultural differences. The court first...

United States v. McKittrick

The court upholds a hunter's conviction for taking and possessing a gray wolf in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and transporting the gray wolf in violation of the Lacey Act. The hunter shot and killed a gray wolf that...

United States v. Romano

The court holds that §4(d) of the Lacey Act does not criminalize the purchase of lawful guiding and outfitting services to facilitate a taking of wildlife that if effectuated would be in violation of state law. False representations of...

United States v. Senchenko

The court affirms a jury conviction against a hunter for unlawfully snaring bears and for knowingly engaging in conduct involving an intent to sell bear parts with a market value in excess of $350 in violation of the Lacey Act. The...