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Testimony: DeChristopher 'laughed' when told tally of his bids

Published: Tuesday, March 1 2011 9:13 p.m. MST

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FredEx
Salt Lake, Ut

I wonder how many of those devoted supporters would be willing to take Tim's place in prison? How many would do what he did, since they think it was so noble?

Oh, and Darryl Hannah, you should ask for a refund on all the cosmetic work you had done.

The Dude Abides
Salt Lake City, UT

The Judge requiring DeChristopher to rely on the lesser of possible defenses will ensure that any conviction is appealed and opens a great line to appeal: being denied a viable defense.

Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

Interesting how the liberals label him an activist. I always thought breaking the law made you a criminal.

Boo Ya!!!
SLC, UT

I think its hilarious when people like to show their "individualism" but then when it comes to court or trial, they clean themselves up and look like they are trying to be part of the GOOD part of society. WHY clean yourself up? COuld it be that our appearance says more about us than we think!!! This guy is a CLASSIC example!

codger
Southwest Utah, UT

My family and I have decided to launch our own protest. We refuse ever to see another Darryl Hannah movie! Oh wait----we already don't watch them.

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

Good for Utah...by Saturday, DeChristopher will be introduced to his new bunkmate at the UTAH STATE PEN!

Dennis
Harwich, MA

If any of this land was adjacent to any of the "Church Farm" property and the Church opposed the sale I'm wondering how many of you would be singing this man's praises and pointing your fingers at the evil government and their meddling in our lives?

AlanSutton
Salt Lake City, UT

Henry David Thoureau never lied about what he was doing. He was open and honest about his civil disobedience.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

Dear Dennis: No one would worry about it being next to a Church farm. No one would even care. This is a silly comparison. The leases were legal and the process was legal. And...The Church always honors and work within the bounds of the law.

The Dude Abides...global warming is NOT a viable defense any more than Tom Green or Warren Jeffs can claim a defense based on their belief that God gave them permission to marry underage girls. It will not make an appeal successful.

I think the guy should be happy to be a martyr to his cause. If he's really committed to it, he will be thrilled to be able to go to prison for it. We shall see.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

@Dennis 10:39 a.m.

The Church teaches us to obey, honor, and sustain the law. Even if Church leaders had objected to the land sale, they never would have condoned the commission of fraud.

oldasdirt
Grantsville, UT

Drove by the court at 11:00 am this morning, apparently DeChristopher supporters got their picture taken and are now off to support another cause.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Dennis | 10:39 a.m.

What does any of this have to do with the Church?

So why try to bring them into it?

Eliot
Santaquin, UT

Hasn't anyone ever seen Splash! Daryl Hannah was hot in that movie. I'm not going to let a little fuss over a misunderstanding at some auction keep me from watching that movie again.

FairEnough
Draper, UT

Give him probation to satisfy the law and honor and recognition to satisfy justice.

You people turn all Inspector Jalvert on the guy because his cause doesn't align with your right wing denier politics.

If this were simply a non-politicized case, a first-time offender would not receive jail time for such an offense.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

FairEnough 1:18 p.m.

You seem to have a respect for rule_of_law... so I wonder if you can help me understand something...

Yesterday on almost EVERY_TOPIC we were discussing in the Opinion section... the Left stood firmly FOR disobeying the law... and the Right stood firmly for OBEYING the rule_of_law.

-DeCristopher (Left praised him for breaking the law... Right criticized him for breaking the law).

-Illegal_Immigration (Left thought obeying immigration law is Optional... praised them for coming illegally and supported those who came illegally... the Right just wants them to respect our rule_of_law).

-Wisconsin protests (Left supporting the Democrat Legislators who left the State to sabotage the Legislative session in violation of the Wisconsin Constitution they swore to uphold when elected... Right just wants them to do their job, debate the bill, and cast their vote, as required by Wisconsin law).

Do you have an explanation for this consistent dichotomy?

Why radical-leftists think rule_of_law is OK for others but not them... obedience optional because they are so Zealous their personal agenda trumps the law... and consider rule_of_law to be obsolete and automatically_nullified if it doesn't agree with them?

I've always wondered about this.

Neanderthal
SLC, Utah

@FredEx: "I wonder how many of those devoted supporters would be willing to take Tim's place in prison?"

I wonder how many of those devoted supporters would be willing to get rid of their gas burning vehicles and walk... and sit home in a cold dark house.

Hawkeye79
Iowa City, IA

@ self-proclaimed "FairEnough,"

"If this were simply a non-politicized case, a first-time offender would not receive jail time for such an offense."

Perhaps you could offer a few examples where a first-time offender committed fraud that resulted in damages totaling over $1 million and they did not receive any jail time. You appear confident that this would not happen in a "non-politicized case," so let's hear some examples that support your claim.

FredEx
Salt Lake, Ut

@Neanderthal
"I wonder how many of those devoted supporters would be willing to get rid of their gas burning vehicles and walk... and sit home in a cold dark house."

Vehicles? Houses? A true environmentalist would walk naked into the wilderness to be one with the Earth. Soon to be reclaimed by the Earth.

damor
slc, ut

I sure don't want oil companies using our precious land here in utah by our national parks. I think if all of us read up on this we would think that by Pres Bush making it ok for the oil companies to bid on that land RIGHT BEFORE HE WAS TO LEAVE OFFICE that he was a fool. Thank goodness that it is now overturned and someone is looking out for our land here in Utah. Dont know about everyone else but I enjoy our national parks here.

American Spartan
Orem, Utah

Tim DeChristopher will feel the hand of the law fall on him to suffocate his stupid "activist" agenda. A willing martyr for a cause.

At least Tim will have a nice 9 by 9 cell to warm his flat bed and read the works of Che Guevara to further radicalize himself for "revenge planning."

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