Federal prosecutors have added another criminal charge against Janay Brun, the research technician who blew the whistle on last year's deliberate capture of jaguar Macho B.Uh, yeah. We learned that a long time ago.
The U.S. Attorney's Office added a charge of conspiracy to "take" a jaguar onto an earlier charge that Brun had illegally taken a jaguar in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
The change drew a protest from Brun's attorney, Michael Piccarreta. He said the new charge sends a bad message to people: " 'Cooperate with the government, but only at your own peril. If you know of some illegal acts, keep your mouth shut.'
In Brun's case, she also brought the illegal actions of the Arizona Game and Fish Department to light, justice that still needs to be served. The AGFD is responsible for the infected dart hole in Macho B's leg, the bungling of the sedative, leaving Macho B in the trap too long, and operating without a permit. Let's not forget those screw-ups, U.S. Attorney.