People: Jul. 3, 2000

Big Green Mess

As chief attorney for Riverkeeper, a New York environmental group, ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. is charged with monitoring the state's watershed and generally being greener than thou. Which makes his defense of William Wegner--a man convicted of smuggling rare cockatoo eggs into the U.S. to be hatched and sold as pets--somewhat bizarre. Riverkeeper president Robert Boyle fired Wegner, a consulting scientist, in December, when he discovered the 1995 conviction. But Kennedy secretly rehired Wegner, and at a board meeting this week, insisted that Wegner be kept on. Eight board members, including Boyle, quit in protest. "I was appalled,"...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!