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DeChristopher lacks grounds to appeal, government says

Published: Saturday, July 4 2015 9:45 p.m. MDT

Activist Tim DeChristopher bid $1.7 million in 2008 for energy leases he didn't intend to pay for.   (Associated Press) Activist Tim DeChristopher bid $1.7 million in 2008 for energy leases he didn't intend to pay for. (Associated Press)

DENVER — The U.S. Attorney for Utah said Thursday environmental activist Timothy DeChristopher lacks any legal grounds to contest his conviction on monkey-wrenching an oil and gas lease-auction because the sentencing judge acted within his discretion.

In a response filed with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to DeChristopher’s appeal of a conviction in Utah on two third-degree felonies, U.S. attorneys said he failed to prove federal Judge Dee Benson improperly tossed out the “necessity” defense — or that DeChristopher acted because he had no choice.

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