In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted Carnival Corporation for illegally dumping oily waste into the ocean from its Princess Cruises ships for eight years and covering it up. It was Carnival Corp.’s third conviction for the same crime since 1998. Carnival pleaded guilty to seven felony charges, was fined $40 million as part of its guilty plea and was put on probation with a Court Appointed Monitor. Over the last two years, while on probation, Carnival violated its probation by dumping plastic garbage into the ocean, illegally discharging gray water into Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska and sewage in the Bahamas, falsifying records, and seeking to avoid unfavorable findings by preparing ships in advance of court-ordered audits. Carnival even tried to lobby the U.S. Coast Guard through a back channel to change the terms of the settlement. Federal prosecutors announced last week that they had reached a deal with Carnival Corp. The judge agreed to review the deal, and took the unusual step of ordering Carnival’s CEO and chairman of the board to personally attend the hearing.
Carnival’s environmental crimes have injured the environment, communities, and individuals across our country, and it’s critical that those victims are considered in deciding Carnival’s punishment.
On Friday, May 31st 2019 Knoll Lowney, lawyer with the Smith and Lowney law firm, PLLC and Stephen S. Stallings of The Law Offices of Stephen S. Stallings, Esq. filed an emergency motion to intervene in the criminal proceedings on behalf of three victims of Carnival’s environmental crimes, under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act. This was followed by one more statement on Monday, June 3rd. The emergency motion is supported by the victims’ statements.
“Environmental crime victims have historically faced an uphill battle to have their intrinsic human right to a healthy environment recognized, from Love Canal to today. The victims in this case have lived with the significant impacts of Carnival’s environmental lawbreaking for decades. It has affected the health of their communities, their quality of life, and their livelihoods in very tangible ways. While the courts have again utterly failed these victims, we will continue to stand with them to fight for their right to be free from Carnival’s criminal pollution,” said Kendra Ulrich, Senior Shipping Campaigner at Stand.earth.
Victim Impact Statements
From the Bahamas:
Co-founder of reEarth Fotini Tsavousis “Sam” Duncombe. Statement here.
Commercial fisherman Eric Forrer out of Juneau, Alaska. Statement here.
Commercial fisherman Ronn Buschmann of out Petersburg, Alaska. Statement here.
President of Responsible Cruising Alaska Theodore Thoma. Statement here.
Commercial fishing family Kathy and Ed Hansen out of Southeast Alaska. Statement here.