SF Writer Found Guilty Of Asking Question
For those not in the know, Dr Peter Watts, a Canadian SF writer, was returning to Canada via the Sarnia border crossing in Michigan, USA, in early December last year when border guards began searching his car. Watts got out the car but was corralled and made to get back into his car. Then one of the guards reached in and punched him in the face, then ordered him to get out of the car again. He did so, and asked what this was for? The guards then jumped him, sprayed him with mace, cuffed him and threw him in jail for the night. And the next morning, he was taken across the border and left, in a blizzard, apparently, to make his way by foot to some kind of shelter.
Oh yeah, and he was charged with obstruction and assault, of which he was, incredibly, found guilty yesterday. Yes, thats right – it seems that when Watts asked why he was being treated this way, it was interpreted as non-compliance by the judge and the jury. And there ya go, guilty, have a nice day. Sentencing has been set for April 26th, and he could face a maximum of 2 years imprisonment.
You dont need me to go into a big song and dance about this – you can guess my opinion.
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