Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays: President Bush Pardons Man Convicted of ARPA violation

The Justice Department has announced that President Bush has pardoned 19 individuals this holiday season. For more see:

The posthumous pardon of Charlie Winters, who violated the Neutrality Act in the late 1940's by shipping surplus B-17 Bombers to Israel, is getting the most press. However, this is a blog about cultural property issues. Thus, it is worth noting that another individual, David Lane Woolsey of St. George, Utah, was pardoned for a violation of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. For more, see:,5143,705272608,00.html

I suppose some in the archaeological and/or Native American communities may be horrified by this turn of events, but, if so, hopefully they will let it go-- it's the Holiday Season after all!

1 comment:

Voz Earl said...

The fact that a person could permanently lose their right to own a firearm or vote because of illegally digging up some artifacts is a travesty of justice. The penalty ought to fit the crime and in this case it seems clearly excessive.