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Published: Thursday, March 3 2011 11:00 a.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Tim DeChristopher is looking at spending time in a federal prison if convicted, and there is not parole in the federal system. They do have a good behavior early release which shaves perhaps 15% of the sentence.

Claiming ignorance of the law was his only option and most juries won't buy it.

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

I think this phase of the trial is a no_brainier. He admitted he broke the law, knew he was breaking the law, and was willing to accept the consequences... That's the definition of "Guilty". So that's not the issue.

The real issue is... what will his punishment be?

That's where it will get interesting.


IMO they should make sure the people who were damaged financially are restored (with a fine his fanclub can help pay) and then give him a slap on the wrist for his violation (token time in jail to teach him that civilized society doesn't accept people deciding their passion nullifies the rule_or_law).


I just hope he can use the time in jail to balance himself and find LAWFUL ways to help his cause... and reject unlawful ways of protesting.

I hope if he gets time in jail he won't use that time to become MORE radicalized and determined to step over the line again if he gets the chance.

I would hope that early_Parole would be based upon proof that he's learned this lesson. I wouldn't release him if he still thinks his cause nullifies the law.

Salt Lake City, UT

I would only say one thing to Mr. DeChristopher. Verdict quick, you're gonna be sick. Verdict slow, you're free to go.

Salt Lake City, UT

The kind of rational DeChristopher used is what McVeigh and Ayers also used in bombing Oklahoma and the Pentagon!

Salt Lake City, UT

There is a disconnect between what DeChristopher says and what his lawyer portrays.

Springville, UT

Hopefully there are no activist "plants" that made it into the jury pool. All he needs is 1.

Also, the jury finds him guilty or not guilty. The sentencing comes later, if guilty.

Syracuse, UT

Justice served!

We the People
Sandy, UT

Justice. I hope the bus driver who drove kids to the protest without permission is charged now.

Saint George, UT

Now that the Jury has spoken lets give him the max. I am tired of seeing the economic destruction that tree huggers cause. Maybe it will cause the next tree hugger that wants to break the law to stop before he breaks the law.

Farmington, UT

So he was found guilty. I guess his defense attorney's reference to seeing "tears" in his friends eyes wasn'yt enough to convince the jury that illegal behavior is OK when your friend is weeping. So much for theatrics and emotion, even in the closing arguments by the defense----now justice has been determined.

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Like I said earlier... a no_brainer, he's guilty. He said he was guilty. Why would the jury disagree with him?

Now to the interesting phase. What's it going to cost him (or the Sierra Club.. who has promised to pay any fine he gets).

Salt Lake City, Utah

Looks like the jury did consider DeChristopher's frame of mind when finding him guilty. He won't be smiling quite as gallantly when he hears how long he'll be in Federal prison.

Murray, UT

Funny thing about this whole deal is that the price of Oil is going out of the roof and these guys don't get it. We need to be drilling now and they are stopping the process. they are to blame for the mess we are in now. At what point will these people accept the fact that we need to drill. 5.00 a gallon or are they willing to ride bicycle in the snow.

Provo, UT

You can rationalize your way to hell- or a Federal Prison. Also, I see he's wearing clothes that were made partially with petrochemicals, leather shoes, got to the courthouse in a vehicle that uses oil products, his defense staff sure don't use solar power or cow manure to power all their computers- you need to walk the talk!

Springville, UT

I smell a rat with the media and the phone. I have no doubt that this could be used as reason to have the verdict thrown out and retried. I am not an attorney, so don't take this as gospel. I think we have all seen over the years very lame reasons why cases are thrown out. I remember the case of a person being tried for fraud, as they defendent walked out of the courtroom an older lady said,"Poor man!" When they got back in after the recess the defense pointed this out, the judge had the lady thrown out and it was later used in an attempt to have the conviction overturned.

Who knows but it makes me nervous.

Alpine, UT

Time for a big fine for the Sierra Club. This self-righteous do-gooder thinks he has done a good thing. And listening to his emotional friends outside the courthouse will not help him get his head screwed on right.

Bottom line: The destruction of Rule of Law is much more harmful to the world we live in than ANY POSSIBLE HARM drilling on a few marginal parcels of land would have caused. Props to the jury for finding this criminal guilty. Now for the fine and the time! I hope he likes wearing stripes or orange!

Draper, UT

The system worked and the jury decided he broke the law. Frankly, I hope they give him 5 years and the max fine. Then, let's forget about him.

Boise, ID

Too bad these "activists" couldn't find a way to be productive in society. If you aren't a part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Go study engineering or biochem and really make a difference. If you can't handle that, get a good job and pay taxes to help someone else do it.

salt lake city, utah

Excellent! And now for sentencing. I think a proper sentence would be to make him live his life without lumber, coal, oil or natural gas and any product made from them. This is, after all, what he wants for the rest of us.....

Pleasant Grove, UT

He should do lots of community service. Get the boy out of his bubble.

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