Serving as his own attorney, Rammell is convicted by a jury of his peers-

After many months and after getting charged with jury tampering (yet to go to trial), former Republican gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell was convicted of poaching an elk. He was fined $1000 (after the judge suspended $500) and will serve 5 days in jail (after the judge suspended 175 days of the jail sentence). He lost his elk license for 2 years. All in all, it seems a typical Idaho sentence for poaching elk.

The money to be recovered from Rammell will not go far in paying for the cost of the case to the state. Rammell also vows to appeal.

Probably more significant could be the charge made the other day of him trying to jury tamper (passing out literature to potential jurors on the courthouse step).

AP story. Idaho jury convicts Rammell in elk poaching case

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Rex Rammell gets fairly easy sentence for elk poaching conviction

  1. avatar Mike says:

    Can anyone explain to me how you don’t lose your hunting license for at least ten years when you’re caught poaching an animal such as an elk?

    What a joke.

  2. avatar mikarooni says:

    I told you that he wouldn’t get any real sentence in any court in Idaho. Let’s be honest about it, “Idaho” is actually the Shoshone word for inbreeding.

  3. avatar WM says:

    Disappointing, but not unexpected. The suspensions are a bit troubling, if the circumstances of his arrest are to be believed.

    Now, the jury tampering matter may hold something a little more interesting. He will have to defend himself, and for most of us that means legal counsel at some cost. On the other hand if he defends himself, there is proof enough that he has a fool for a client.

  4. avatar ae says:

    Is he Tasmanian?

    • avatar Ralph Maughan says:

      Read the link. There is a photo. I assume they are. There are three of them, by the way; not one.


July 2011


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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