posted on Jan, 23 2004 @ 04:02 PM
The head of the Smithsonian Institute pleaded guilty today for possession and illegal ownership of remains of a protected species. In a US District
Court located in Raleigh North Carolina, the reply to the charge was 'guilty' for the possession of feathers of a bird in a headdress, that is
protected, making the mere ownership of them a felony offense.
A South American headdress that Small purchased before becoming secretary of the Smithsonian in January 2000 included feathers from endangered
birds. Small was charged under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
It would appear that the head of the most prestigious museum in America, would be knowledgable in the legal ramifications of taking ownership of such
protected items, especially since legal advice was sought before the purchase was made.
The plea agreement between the attorney's and US Federal prosecutors, resulted in a sentence of two years probation, 100 hours of community service
and ordered him to send letters of apology and explanation to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and National
[Edited on 23-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]