Obama EPA WOTUS “Pond Criminal” – Trump Trashed Rule, Release Imprisoned Vet

joe robertson


On Tuesday President Trump killed one of the most abusive tools used by the EPA against the American people, the WOTUS, Waters of the United States rule. It seems only logical that those who are imprisoned for violations, especially when their convictions were obtained through questionable means, would be immediately released from prison. Something simply being fair and logical in no way means it’s going to be reflected in the actions of our judiciary. Justice is often not a consideration for their actions and if it is, it still can, even with good intentions, be slow to materialize.

Disabled 78-year-old Navy Veteran and Montana resident Joe Robertson continues to languish in prison for violating the WOTUS, six months into an eighteen month sentence. His crime was the creation of several ponds and in the process dumping the excavated fill back into them as part of their construction. He improved the sites and no permit for that type of landscaping is required. The ponds enhanced wildlife and provided water sources for fire fighting and other uses. Under the Obama EPA, slaves challenge their authority to dictate on their private property pay a hefty price.

Joe was prosecuted twice in federal kangaroo courts. The first trial, in which potentially exculpatory evidence was not shown to the jury by his questionable attorney, resulted in a hung jury. He was tried for his pond-making crime spree a second time, convicted, and sentenced to prison. The senior citizen Robertson is now having some serious physical and mental health issues as a result of his confinement.

According to Redoubt News, “In addition to tens of thousands of dollars in EPA fines, Joe continues to suffer from declining health, confusion, and depression. He reportedly had two strokes in his first month of lock up. He was ripped from his VA medical treatment, transferred to numerous prisons over the west, thrown in solitary confinement, stripped of his veteran’s pension, unlawfully deprived of his right to be present when sensitive legal mail from his lawyer was opened, and barred from having visits from family and friends.” Does this punishment fit the non-crime? Hardly. It does appear to be a violation of the 8th Amendment, meeting the definition of cruel and unusual punishment.

During the signing ceremony for his executive order, President Trump mentioned the case of Andy Johnson, saying, “In one case in a Wyoming, a rancher was fined $37,000 a day by the EPA for digging a small watering hole for his cattle. His land. These abuses were, and are, why such incredible opposition to this rule from the hundreds of organizations took place in all 50 states.”  Joe and those like him need some presidential recognition as well. An executive order for their release or some other Justice Department order needs to be made to right this injustice.

Robertson’s alleged crime was violating the Clean Water Act, because he “knowingly discharged and caused to be discharged a pollutant, namely dredged or fill material” into a “water of the United States” without a permit. The supposed tributary is a seasonally flowing creek located 60 miles from the nearest navigable waterway. They also indicted him for damaging “National Forest Service Lands.” The supposed pollutant was the soil that already was present and no waterway exists. This is madness.

The Redoubt News report reveals that no expert testimony was allowed in Joe’s defense during either of the trials, although it was available. Expert witnesses were presented on behalf of the government, which add to the evidence that it was a rigged affair,  but all of that should be moot with the rule having now been tossed out as an unconstitutional and burdensome attack on the American people.

Getting rid of the EPA WOTUS rule was an important part of the equation, but there are still wrongs to be righted. Robertson could easily die in prison for building ponds that didn’t at the time violate any legitimate law, rule or mandate. He breached a contorted abuse of power intended to deprive people of access to and the use of their own private land. Now that it has been overturned, he has violated no regulation whatsoever.

The Justice Department needs to address this oversight. Those who are serving sentences need to be released. Those who have been forced to pay fines must have their money returned. Compensation for the transgressions by the federal machinery against the American people by agencies under the direction of the American-hater Hussein Obama need to be considered.

They could always withhold the restitution money from Hussein Obama’s salary, fine him or, perhaps take it out of his hide. Let the people like Joe Robertson decide, they’re the ones who’ve suffered by his hand.



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9 Comments on Obama EPA WOTUS “Pond Criminal” – Trump Trashed Rule, Release Imprisoned Vet

  1. Lyndsey, We have been calling/writing. In fact, we just sent a letter this past week. Prayers are good, too.

  2. Dr. Deplorable // March 4, 2017 at 8:37 am // Reply

    Has Hussein O’Vomit been Tarred & Feathered yet?

  3. I am the family spokesperson.
    Please help us save Joe. Thanks Lindsay Szymanski [email protected]
    ☆Calling ALL AMERICANS☆Take Action Now☆
    78yo Navy Veteran in prison for ponds! The EPA uses the WOTUS under the Clean Water Act which President Trump just took steps to end it!
    FULL PARDON needed now!

    #FreeJoeRobertson #NoMoreEPA

    We all should please contact President Trump, AG Jeff Sessions, and Montana Governor Steve Bullock. You can simple ask for a Pardon for Navy Veteran Joe Robertson and sent the American Lands Council article link along with your letter.

    President Trump White House email form

    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Call the President
    Comments: 202-456-1111
    Switchboard: 202-456-1414

    DOJ and AG email form

    U.S. Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20530-0001
    The Department may be contacted by phone at the following:

    Department Comment Line: 202-353-1555
    Department of Justice Main Switchboard: 202-514-2000

    Email Form for Steve Bullock

    By mail:
    Office of the Governor
    PO Box 200801
    Helena MT 59620-0801

    By phone:
    Toll Free: 855-318-1330

  4. Lynda Galligan // March 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm // Reply

    The extent of injustice and abuse of power to normal citizens for innocent examples is being fully realized. Expecting vindication from the corrupt justice system is futile. The quagmire of self enrichment demands nothing less than a complete overhaul. I am incensed at witnessing the level of convictions for arbitrary abuses of those who have led upstanding lives. There should have NEVER been compromise of constitutional protections.

  5. W. G. Davis // March 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm // Reply

    President Trump should immediately pardon Joe Robertson, and get him out of prison! Remember how Clinton pardoned Susan McDougal who was convicted for issues related to the Whitewater incident? She had a mild case of scoliosis, and being in prison caused her to have pain in her back…my, my!

  6. They will prosecute and imprison a man like this; yet turn their backs on HildaBEAST and Billy ‘Jism’ Clinton for all of their criminal activity and allow them to continue to live lives in the lap of luxury and ignore their illegal criminal actions. Their is a Day Of Reckoning coming for all who have engaged in AND ALLOWED these criminals, the Clintons to remain free; and no, ignorance will not be an excuse because WE know how ignorant you all are.

  7. We will never know how much damage Obama has done to our country nor our people … CRUAL AND UNJUST …. when will that man and the liberals pay for the damage they have done to this man and his family ? and how many more injustices have been done to how many people ? And Obama and his ‘ilk” are not done …now he admits he will get Pres. Trump impeached – after he got Flynn then Sessions – now after Donald Trump — who will be next …? How can we allow this to happen ??? How can he be stopped ..? and don’t forget Hillary , another crook !!!

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