The damaged Cosco Busan is seen in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007

The Associated Press is reporting that criminal charges were filed today against Capt. John Coda in the Cosco Busan allision with the San Fransisco Bay Bridge, back in November 10, 2007.

Here’s an excerpt:

Capt. John Cota could face up to 18 months in jail and more than $100,000 in fines if convicted of the misdemeanor charges, which include harming migrant birds protected by the government and violating the Clean Water Act. Cota was not taken into custody, according to court papers.

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This post was written by Richard Rodriguez, Rescue Tug Captain, and US Coast Guard approved instructor for License Training. You can read more of his articles at the BitterEnd of the net.

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  • john.denham

    Sailors beware. The U.S. Justice Department is so un-busy that they jumped in front of the Californate State ALJ procedings (Bar Pilot Commission), the USCG hearing and the congrsssional and state hearing to nail some one for the COSCO BUSAN allision and subsequent spill oil. Is there a statute of limitatins here? It seems to me any shaft alley lawyer would wonder why does Justice want to try some guy that has not been found guilty of anything yet. What happens if John Meadows ( a smart and tricky guy) pulls one of his tricks and get Cota off ( medication, not the person directing the navigation etc. In any event, the damage has been done and now the best process it to let due process grind on, normally. With the federal court system overloaded with more important work (terrorism, drugs, your every day crimes, political feasance), hopefully the others will get their work done first. There are two facts, COSCO BUSAN allided with the fender on D tower, and some oil was spilled. No one has answered why it happened or how it occured. Be careful ,waterboarding has not been disallowed. JGD.

  • john.denham

    Sailors beware. The U.S. Justice Department is so un-busy that they jumped in front of the Californate State ALJ procedings (Bar Pilot Commission), the USCG hearing and the congrsssional and state hearing to nail some one for the COSCO BUSAN allision and subsequent spill oil. Is there a statute of limitatins here? It seems to me any shaft alley lawyer would wonder why does Justice want to try some guy that has not been found guilty of anything yet. What happens if John Meadows ( a smart and tricky guy) pulls one of his tricks and get Cota off ( medication, not the person directing the navigation etc. In any event, the damage has been done and now the best process it to let due process grind on, normally. With the federal court system overloaded with more important work (terrorism, drugs, your every day crimes, political feasance), hopefully the others will get their work done first. There are two facts, COSCO BUSAN allided with the fender on D tower, and some oil was spilled. No one has answered why it happened or how it occured. Be careful ,waterboarding has not been disallowed. JGD.

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