That's exactly what happened to Spring resident George Norris in 2004. As a result of not dotting every "i" and crossing every "t" when importing and selling orchids, Mr. Norris ran afoul of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Mr. Norris subsequently spent two years in federal prison for committing an act that scarcely rises to the level of criminal activity.
Most criminal acts in Texas require some sort of culpable mental state - such as intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or negligently. There are but a handful of so-called "strict liability" crimes in Texas -- the most prominent being driving while intoxicated.
Los federales, on the other hand, carry scads of strict liability crimes on the books -- many of which are aimed at companies who violate environmental regulations.
Strict liability has its place -- in the civil courthouse.