On the other end, you have the voices of reason. Porter Corn, myself, and a few, rare others.
"We all take wrong turns" declares the blind. Yes, everyone, no matter what you drive takes wrong turns. They figure out how to "flip a bitch" somewhere, and get on the right track.
If he would've been chastised for making a u-turn, even I would speak up. Yet, he ILLEGALLY entered another country with ammunition, carried in ILLEGALLY. The man did not have milk or cat food, he had AMMUNITION.
He then LIED to federal agents, saying he had nothing to declare. Not only do they ask if you have anything to declare, they go through the list. So, it's not like he wasn't asked about money, drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, weapons, ammunition, etc. It was that he felt it was appropriate to LIE, which is also ILLEGAL.
So, yes, originally, he made a mistake, but instead of LEGALLY correcting said mistake, he broke several laws, making him a FUGITIVE. This is where the difference between innocent mistake and illegal activity and blatant disregard of the law comes into play.
And, this was if he had entered where he claimed he did. I've hinted to this, Porter from Mexico Trucker has hinted to this, and now in the El Paso Times, a man much more knowledgeable on this kind of law has hinted to this: HOW DO WE KNOW HE DIDN'T SNEAK ACROSS? Read:
"In my opinion, the real question to ask is how is it that our customs agents with all heightened security were able to miss this type of shipment going into Mexico? How was it that this truck was able to get into Mexico with all those ammo?" he said.
And if the cargo was indeed legitimate, Jáquez said, U.S. customs officers should have been able to see the ammunitions, check the paperwork and steer the driver in the right direction.
(Click here for full article.)
The next time, wrong turn might be a dynamite load that Jabin takes. That load would end up right in front of a school, him hit the wrong speed bump, and the explosion would kill hundreds of children. But, he just took a wrong turn and make a mistake.
Do I need to further make my point on the moronacy of "just a mistake?"