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United States of America v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins

April 2, 2008 at 7:27 pm

That's the official name, listed in court documents, of a recent case decided by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

I found this via the ever-wonderful Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me radio show. (Living in a western state, where 100 miles is considered a social distance, I'm a big fan of listening to podcasts in the car.)

But anyway, yeah. The details of the case were reported in several places a couple of weeks ago. This was a case apparently involving a US Coast Guard raid on a fishing vessel carrying said shark fins (which is, apparently, illegal in US waters). Also apparently, the defendant-appellant (whatever that means) in forfeiture cases is the the seized property itself. Hence: United States of America v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins.

I don't know about you, but it's the "approximately" that makes me laugh.

(The shark fins won, by the way.)


Kristie April 4, 2008 at 1:50 pm
You know, when I read two references to this show/podcast in one week, I think I might be getting the message that I need to subscribe over the weekend.

The other reference is from a friend/former coworker of mine who is a freelance writer, who might be mentioning this very court case here:

Ian April 5, 2008 at 12:06 pm
Hi, Kristie, thanks for stopping by. Wow, what a strange coincidence that you happen to know the person who wrote the Wait, Wait quiz question that prompted my post. I guess six degrees of separation become one-and-a-half degrees on the internet. Thanks for pointing this out to me! I definitely recommend subscribing to the Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me podcast. I listened to this show religiously when I was still living in Minneapolis where we had real public radio stations. Then I moved down here and had to learn to embrace podcasts.
Kristie April 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm
I've never really thought about it, but even though I don't listen to them at much as I might like to, I'd miss the Twin Cities NPR stations. I don't listen to a lot of radio in general, but all three are presets in my car. I've been listening to podcasts since I got my first iPod three or four years ago. I'm looking forward to listening to the last few episodes of Wait, Wait during my commute this coming week.
Ian April 5, 2008 at 9:22 pm
I didn't get my first iPod until a little under a year and a half ago, and didn't have an iPod-compatible car until a year ago. But now I'm convinced that podcasts are the greatest thing since electricity. I should say, to correct something I said earlier, that there are NPR stations in New Mexico. I listen to KUNM (connected to the U of NM) daily (and in fact I donated my old, iPod-incompatible car to the station last spring). But it was a change moving down here, after spending so many years listening to MPR.
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