In Jacksonville, Florida, a decorated Army combat photographer has been arrested and is facing 10 years in jail for checking a wrong box on a passport application. Elisha Dawkins’ crime was merely checking a box “no” for the question, “Have you ever applied before?”
It turns out that Dawkins started to fill out a passport application in 2004, but didn’t complete it. He then completed a form two years later. He received the passport but the government then issued a warrant for his arrest. What is astonishing is not only that the State Department would push for such an arrest but prosecutors would move forward with the case.
If there is something more to this case, the State Department needs to make it known. Otherwise, this appears a case of grotesque prosecution for a simple mistake.