Originally Posted by RockyMt.Razorback
The was also no ban mentioned in the article.
In the article it says in the first paragraph
"The penalty for defying the Grand Canyon closure and government shutdown could be as much as $20,000, 30 days in jail and a five-year ban on entering national parks. On the other hand, his party needed an experienced boatman to safely finish its trip"
Ok, it looks like I should've
said, "there was no ban mentioned in the article as being part of the punishment received by the defendants.
Pardon my lack of clarity.
Let me try to make my point again. Using the perspective of
what I've heard about other cases of running the Grand Canyon after a ranger's told you not to do it, in this case
it still seems like these guys got off pretty light - no equipment confiscated, no National Park bans, no jail time, and they paid less than 4% of the maximum fine. If you got busted for just about any other offense, you'd be skipping out of the courthouse after getting that proportion of the maximum penalties.
That's a funny story, Alanbol. In this day and age it seems they got about the next best thing to having to promise not to do it again.