What Is A Fish? And the Supreme Court’s Surprising Answer

March 09, 2015
 

Legal commentator Verity Winship

University of Illinois College of Law

What is a fish?  The U.S. Supreme Court addressed this important question in its recent opinion in Yates v. United States.  After a routine inspection, a commercial fisherman threw undersized fish overboard.  He was criminally convicted for knowingly destroying a “tangible object” to obstruct a federal investigator.  Is a fish a tangible object?  The Supreme Court’s surprising answer – and what is at stake beyond fish – is the subject of this radio commentary.