There are “Gilligan's Island” plots less far-fetched than the twists and turns it took to navigate a local commercial fishing boat skipper's case to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Judging by their questions, some of the high court's justices think it fishy that federal prosecutors went after a fishing boat Captain John Yates of Cortez as if he had been hijacking ships like a Somali pirate.


His actual crime was tossing allegedly undersized grouper overboard.


Fish tossing would be an embarrassingly unimpressive conviction to admit to fellow inmates at a federal prison. But prosecutors invoked a serious federal law that could have sent him away for 20 years.


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