SF writer Peter Watts was found guilty of resisting a US Customs and Border Protection officer today. He will be sentenced on April 26, 2010, and could face up to two years in prison for the felony conviction.
Watts, a Canadian citizen, was stopped at the border crossing at Port Huron, Michigan in December 2009 for a search of his rental car. Border officials claim he resisted and physically assaulted a guard, while Watts says he merely questioned the reason for the search and was subsequently beaten and maced.
Watts wrote about the trial on his website, where he says in part, "While I think they made the wrong decision I’m obviously not the most impartial attendee at this party. I still maintain I did nothing wrong; but as far as I can tell the trial was fair, and I will abide by its outcome."