Friday, July 16, 2004

Did you hear they are trying to put Bobby Fisher in jail for 10 years? It was a story on NPR today. In 1991.

"From on or about July 11, 1992 to on or about November 5, 1992, within the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia and elsewhere, the defendant ROBERT JAMES FISCHER, a United States person, did knowingly and willfully perform a contract in support of a commercial project in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), in that the defendant ROBERT JAMES FISCHER did enter into and perform a contract between the defendant, the Jugoskandic Company of Belgrade, Yugoslavia and Boris Spassky to participate in the "World Chess Championship Match" in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), for a cash purse of $5 million in United States currency and a percentage of revenues from the commercial gain as a result of the performance of the aforementioned contract."

Now, over 10 years later, they are trying to put him in jail. He went there to play against Boris Spassky, who we all knew he would beat anyway.

But it's bullshit. He's 62 years old, and they are trying to lock him up until he's 72. He might die in prison. *sigh* Anyway, I know it's a legal bullshit issue, but now it's become a moral issue. He went there, breaking US Sanctions, to play chess. He didn't cause any harm, or damage the political system, nor did he kill anybody. Why can't they leave him alone?
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