Mention the words "Bobby Unser" to sports fans and most of them would immediately think about the Indy 500, the "greatest spectaacle in racing," which the New Mexico native won three times (1968, 1975 and 1981).
But ask certain enforcement types at the U.S. Forest Service about those two words and the first words that come to their mind will probably be more along the lines of "criminal" and "let's make him an example."
Long retired from racing as a driver and from his days as an ABC commentator on motorsports, Unser a few years ago made national headlines when he and a friend went snowmobiling in New Mexico and became lost in an unexpected blizzard.
Unser and his friend came perilously close to dying, but ultimately made it out. That's when their real trial began. After being lured by an offer of help from the Forest Service in finding his snowmobile, Unser tried to describe as best he could the most likely location for the vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, the Forest Service charged Unser with illegally trespassing on public wilderness lands. After being found guilty, Unser, with assistance from the Mountain States Legal Defense Foundation, contested the charges and ultimately took it to the Supreme Court.
Unfortunately, the high court declined to hear Unser's final appeal. The story of how federal environmental bureaucrats took advantage of Unser, filed criminal charges against him, then forced him to prove his innocence ought to outrage every American citizen.
Check out this video just released by The Heritage Foundation's Over-Criminalization Project. It tells Unser's story and demonstates why Americans must demand redress of these kinds of government outrages before it's too late: