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Activist Timothy DeChristopher sentenced to 2 years in prison

Police arrest 26 protesters as emotions run high

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  • 22ozn44ozglass Southern Utah, UT
    July 29, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    DanO:

    "Monkey wrench an auction in the name of the environment on parcels that would be withdrawn later anyway, effectively harming no one, get two years in jail. Torch two churches, get three years of probation. Ah.. Utah justice"

    Given that Timothy DeChristopher was tried in a Federal court on Federal and NOT state of Utah Charges, this statement is either an indictment of your ignorance of the matter or your biased opinions towards Utah-take your pick.

  • Raven Sandy, UT
    July 27, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    Can we put all the other 'disobedients' in with Tim? I mean those who sat in front of Trax to make their point because nobody would listen to them over at the courthouse.

    There is a place for demonstrations, but they need to be held with respect to the laws, even if they want the laws to be changed. To break the laws, put others at risk and disrupt lawful flow of commerce is, theft. Our freedoms are contingent on the free flow of commerce and those who are protesting Tim's imprisonment are saying that they don't want freedom for the rest of us. Well, let's give them what they want for themselves, and that's a loss of their freedoms.

    1 year behind bars, restitution to all those on the trains, cost of the police and 100 hours of community service for each one sounds like a good start to me.

  • hayyouwho West Haven, UT
    July 27, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    teafortwo

    You make too much sense. If only I could express such truths in so few words.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    July 27, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    "the rule of law must prevail"

    Thank you, Judge Benson, for having the courage to stand up to these left-wing environmental extremists. If they ever get their way this country will be ruined, not just economically but constitutionally as well. Let Mr. DeChristopher accept the consequences of his actions and do his time for breaking the law, just like everyone else.

  • Teafortwo salt lake city, utah
    July 27, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    myself @ 10:52

    Climate change is normal and natural. It is also inevitable and unavoidable. Don't let it ruin your day. There is absolutely NOTHING we can do about it.....

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 27, 2011 12:26 p.m.

    "There are people who belong in prison but Tim DeChristopher is not one of them," said attorney Ron Yengich.

    Yengich is wrong.. again. He's the one that has lost touch with common sense. Mr. DeChristopher broke the law and has had his day in court.. now he gets his days in prison. I'd say that's a deterrent to anyone else thinking of doing the same thing!

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    I think that the sentence was fair.

    I see an irony here that his protestor friends stopped a light rail train. A vehicle that was created and being used to help the environment. Something is wrong with this picture. They say they are trying to protecting the environment but as an act of hate they stop an environment friendly vehicle.

    Opps!

    I wonder if there are 26 more federal facilities with vacancies for the protestors.

  • myself Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    You people can bash climate science all you want. There is too much science to deny the planet is warming. Just send an email to Kevin Eubank of KSL and see what he has to say about global warming.
    This man was trying to make a difference. Many will hear his story and fill his shoes. It is not in vein.

  • Teafortwo salt lake city, utah
    July 27, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    People like Tim DeChristopher are why we must buy natural resources from overseas while our own (which are vast and varied) sit useless in the ground. Lost in the process are billions of dollars that are gone forever and thousands and thousands of high-paying jobs. We have the technology to extract natural resources in an environmentally sound way. But extract them we must. Let's get on with it......

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    July 27, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    Don't feel sorry for DeChristopher. He'll probably be assigned to serve in the so-called "country club" prison network, maybe down at Nellis AFB. There are no guards (only guidelines that if violated earn you trip to the big house), no bars and rooms that are like College Dorms. You get 3 hot square meals a day, television, a nicely equipped gym to work out in. And in the day, they often do jobs away from the facility such as janitorial work, cutting the grass, painting, etc. Many inmates there take online educational courses, and can receive regular visits from family and friends.

    And this is punishment??

  • Teafortwo salt lake city, utah
    July 27, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    Hope he serves every second of it.....

  • memountainbay SANDY, UT
    July 27, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    So, this looks, and infact is selective harsh punishment. I ask myself why Tim DeChristopher is going to jail for disrupting an illegal auction where Utah's public lands were being offered for exploitation (without proper vetting) and yet a Utah "lawmaker" is permitted to get away with destruction of public land, when there are video tapes of him rallying his posse. Judge Dee Benson and that US attorneys office did ABSOLUTELY nothing to defend Federally protected land in southern Utah from Utah Senator Mike Noel (Kanab) who led an act of civil disobedience by organizing a rally of like minded protestors who then drove ATVs through protected fragile desert landscapes. What's the deal with Judge Benson...who says civil disobedience has a place, but not in the case of Tim DeChristopher, a principled student...but apparently in the case of a Utah legislator, Mike Noel...well, okay fine. The environment has no status with thie Judge as it has none with most Utah Legislators. I'm impressed by DeChristopher, and deeply disturbed at his sentence. A pardon is in order or....an arrest of Mike Noel?!

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    July 27, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    For those of you saying this is not civil disobedience, I have to disagree. This is the very definition of it. He believed a law was wrong and he willfully disobeyed it, without harming anyone in the process. He did not resist arrest, in fact he was very up front about his intentions when he committed the crime. In his trial, he explained why he did the crime and why he thinks the law is wrong. When he was convicted, he told his followers that he would be going to jail. He never complained about it. I see the judges point of view as well...he can't decide what laws should and should not be followed. That's not his role. But just because someone puts up the defense that the law is incorrect, doesn't mean they aren't practicing civil disobedience...quite the opposite. Maybe if he'd plead temporary insanity or something, but he didn't. He has accepted his punishment. He has never complained that he was being wronged, only that the environment was being wronged.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    July 27, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    Oldmanwinter, if you are talking about Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, I'm with you on prosecuting them.

    Otherwise DeChristopher and his minions are a bunch of crybabies.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 27, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    I expect that now the prosecutors will bring charges against Mike Noel and his fellow hooligans who defied federal law by ripping up the Paria River canyon en masse with their ATVs last year. Or is the law to be used only against people who want to SAVE the environment?

  • Steve Warren West Valley City, UT
    July 27, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    A couple of comments about your story in this morning's paper.

    First, 'This is not Rosa Parks' would have worked as a sidebar headline but not as the main head. In that space, you could have said: Activist gets 2 years After all, that was the news.

    Second, in the lead sentence in your story, the defense calls the judge "a poster child for civil disobedience." This came as a big surprise to me, because it has been widely reported that DeChristopher was the one who was engaging in civil disobedience. If the judge is indeed a poster child for civil disobedience, the Deseret News should immediately demand his resignation.

  • 801_local SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 27, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    Dee Benson's political sense of justice is hilarious. Tim is not the first bidder of public lands to default on his bid and he won't be the last. Why aren't these other bidders in front of a judge for fraud?

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    The reality check is; you do the crime, you do the time. Civil disobedience is a willful premeditated act and the perpetrator accepts the responsibility for his/her actions. Those demonstrating in his defense also had the option of going home or being booked into jail with the attendant cost to themselves and taxpayers. It's called choice and consequences.

  • Voice of Reason Layton, UT
    July 27, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    Tim's attorney said that "such a sentence tells followers that the country operates within a system of justice that is deaf to common sense."

    No, this just sentence tells Tim's followers that the country operates within a system of justice that is deaf to partisan political excuses...left, right or loony. At least that's the message if our system works.

    Basically, Tim wanted the PR benefits of civil disobedience (i.e. breaking the law) without the consequences...and his argument for that exemption? That he held liberal/progressive views on public lands oil leasing. Judge Benson had no choice but to sentence him. The moment we allow partisan political arguments as a defense for breaking the law, we will start to lose that rule of law. The place to make political arguments is in the legislative process, not the courts.

    The left seems to use political arguments for breaking laws ominously often: "yeah, I broke the law, but Bush did this..." or "Banks got away with that..."
    I've got news for you, Obama's done a WHOLE LOT of "this & that" that's bad for the country, but that doesn't give me a free pass to break the law.

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    July 27, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    his actions had nothing to do with global warming or climate change ( thers no such thing as global warming ) but there is climate change taking place he is just another one of those anti goverment individuals who protest anything the goverment does and he feels that the first Amendment gives him the right to break the law. well it doesnt. he got just what he deserves if the judge would of given him 3 yrs it would of been fine with me to . well now he can protest to his hearts content for the next two years and good luck finding anyone there that cares about his cause,

  • Built2Last Provo, UT
    July 27, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    To oldmanwinter:

    Everyone else's fault except Tim's, right? Is that what you're trying to say?

    I thought prison time was a badge of honor for tree huggers. Tim should accept the punishment like a man. He could have gotten 10 years. He should feel fortunate, bide his time, and when he gets out, he can be greeted and honored lovingly by his kooky minions.

  • HarperValleyPTA Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 27, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    DeChristopher a hero?

    Gag me with a spoon.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 27, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    so what are the eco-terrorists who disrupted traffic with their juvenile protests going to do to counter-act the additional carbon footprint that came as a result?

    Did they ever think how oxymoronic they looked chaining themselves together in front of one of their shrines, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?

    Of course, we can deduce by their presence there that they are not otherwise productive members of society - as they apparently have no employment. Do they live off welfare, unemployment, the earned income credit, or Mommy and Daddy?

  • ribel Layton, Ut
    July 27, 2011 8:06 a.m.

    Let's go out and impede our fellow citizens movements by blocking the railroad tracks so we can feel good about ourselves. Sit around, do nothing, inconveniece others, that's the way to improve our society and our environment.

    Pathetic is what this demonstration is!

  • Sabrecat South Jordan, UT
    July 27, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    So now we know... 2 years for Eco-terrorism.

    Far to short of a sentence.

  • Sandy Citizen50 SANDY, UT
    July 27, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    This is a good sentence for DeChristopher if he truly believes that what he was doing was civil disobedience. In the case of Dr Martin Luther King, the majority of the population understood what he was doing and eventually felt symphathetic for his cause. I doubt that in this case the majority of the population feels this way about DeChristopher. So in my opinion Judge Benson got it right when he called DeChristophers actions leading to anachy and a misguided stunt to run amok of society and he needed to pay a penalty for his actions.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    July 27, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    This sentence is far too short. When people disturb the peaceful flow of normal business they are knowingly violating the law. Longer sentences such as ten years will cause trouble makers to think a bit. They may even get a job instead of living off of others. If they were working and making a contribution to society, they would have much less time to cause trouble.

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    July 27, 2011 7:01 a.m.

    I have respect for Christoher though I disagree with his decision; he did what he though was right and will suffer the consequences for his decision. I have no respect whatsoever for those who blocked traffic in protest- they should be thrown in jail for a few days and fined heavily.

  • Conservative Democrat Omaha, NE
    July 27, 2011 6:49 a.m.

    @DanO: As I understand it, these were Federal charges brought for offenses committed in UT. Don't blame Utah justice for enforcing laws. If you want DeChristopher released, appeal to President Obama for a pardon. The whole thing could have been avoided if DeChristopher had bid on good faith, paid the bill, and taken those leases out of circulation.

  • Kharlos PROVO, UT
    July 27, 2011 1:45 a.m.

    I just think its funny hearing authoritarian nationalists talk about our nation being founded on lawful obedience.
    Laud MLK and Rosa Parks all you like, but when it comes down to it and without the benefit of hindsight, your ideology would have condemned them as your parents most likely did, until it became unpopular to do so.
    Likewise, your children will view your generation in shame and you'll be just like that "racist grandma/grandpa" you didn't want your friends to talk to

  • Good-Heavens Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 27, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    ParkCityAggie: DeChristofer is a hero, and the Government just helped him solidify that status!

    I'm confident that they were more than happy to help him.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2011 1:18 a.m.

    What none of the anti environment people fail to realize is that as much as DeChristopher lost, big oil won. Again. Giant corporations won. Again.

    And next time it's the people vs giant corporations, guess who's going to win. Again. Everyone who is cheering for DeChristopher's harsh 2 year sentence is also cheering the fact that only the people face justice in this country, while atrocities committed by banks, corporations and industries go unpunished.

    Not one person from Wall Street will ever be sentenced for bringing down our entire economy, yet some stole billions and ruined millions of lives. Not one person from BP will ever face charges for negligence, yet they single handedly brought down entire industries.

    I think it is the responsibility of true patriots to rebel against injustice, but it seems like most are simply willing to embrace it.

  • Calgirl SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA
    July 27, 2011 12:04 a.m.

    Did the protestors who caused a traffic jam in downtown SLC today consider that just might have been contributing to global warming? Talk about counterproductive!

  • fair ground Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 26, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    This guy is a complete phony. He never did anything before or after his "Zuckerberg-like" antic for the earth or the environment. His story has so morphed since it began that I would bet he does not even remember what he told those on the Wright campaign when this first came out. He is our version of Paris Hilton: someone who believes their own press releases and is famous for being famous. He should have been forced to pay for what he cost the taxpayer and not been allowed to leave Utah for his celebrity fundraisers until we were paid back.

  • Terry Sandy, UT
    July 26, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    YES! Logic and justice prevailed! Let this be an example to others that you can't force your will and extremist views on the world by trying to illegally beat the system. If you do the crime, you will pay the time! This guy is only a hero in his own mind and sadly in a few other eco extremists with no respect for law and civility.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    July 26, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    As Martin Luther King said; willingly facing the penalty is part of civil disobedience.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 26, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    DN Subscriber:

    Part of what makes America is great is our legal system, even when it has some questionable verdicts. Everyone is guaranteed a "vigorous defense." These stories should feel no shame. End of story...

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 26, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    Far to lenient a sentence, especially with no real financial penalty.

    However, it will have to do.

    Now, I just hope the protest folks are prosecuted to the full extent of the law as well.

    Who were his attorneys who were working "pro bono?" The public should know which lawyers are donating their time to cases like this.

  • innocent bystander SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 26, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    Tim is willing to pay the price for standing up for his beliefs. He has continued to advocate, when renouncing probably would have helped his personal situation. But why is he going to jail when no one from BP did?

    My question: even used auto auctions pre-qualifies bidders. How could a curious college student walk in, be signed up and handed a bid paddle--if bidding is taken so seriously, except for outrage that he acted on his serious political beliefs? Against the powerful oil and gas industry? His legal defense was not allowed to raise his sincere concerns about global climate change as his motive rather than common criminal motives. His legal defense was not allowed to ask for information on other auction bidders who failed to complete purchases. Surely checks have bounced without somebody going to prison?

    I would like to see him spared. At the same time, I believe the earth is reacting to the follies of humans and so Tim's message is very important. Jail time for him will serve to activate many people to rally to the cause of protecting the environment.

    We are no longer innocent bystanders. Lee Anne Walker

  • lex loci Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 26, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Actions have consequences. If DeChristopher didn't want to go to jail he should have participated in the political process in lawful way.

    I'm not sure how I feel about two years. I think it is a waste of his life and a waste of tax payer money.

    But the penalty is set under the law and there isn't much the Court can do.

    Hopefully this will instruct others on the improper way to influence the government ans show them the life has consequences.

  • Informed Voter South Jordan, UT
    July 26, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    What a shame because global warming Is a myth.

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    July 26, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    GB, Wall Street "criminals" generally aren't dumb enough to announce their crime to a federal official's face.

    More evidence that Bill Clinton's greatest legacy was making it an article of Democratic faith that lying under oath is officially No Big Deal.

  • gb says SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 26, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    A sad day for the US justice system that fails to go after Wall Street criminals and puts away DeChristopher for two years.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    This verdict says a lot about our "justice system". It says that disrupting oil auctions is a more serious offense than assault, theft, and dealing drugs, none of those crimes are likely to get you 2 years in prison. It also says that oil companies and other large corporations are controlling our judicial system.

    We live in a society where corporations can harm citizens without consequence, nobody from Chevron did any time for poisoning SLC's water supply twice last year, but if a citizen slights the oil industry they get up to 10 years.

    People want to throw the book at DeChristopher because they don't believe in his cause not because they think he committed a serious offense.

    This is a serious injustice and his sentence is politically motivated.

  • shaumau PROVO, UT
    July 26, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    One should always honor, obey and sustain the law. But what was so terrible that this fellow did when those like Bush and his cohorts invaded a sovereign nation (Iraq) on the ruse of ridding Saddam of WMDs but none were found and later they would say 'we thought that had WMDs'. What has been gained and the truth of the matter is this is the crux of the debt we have in this country? Bush and his cohorts are now living a life of luxury with R and R and no crime committed when they should be tried for 'crimes against humanity and war crimes' but there is no law for what they have done by killing, maiming, destroying livelihoods, a country's infrastructure and scorching their earth. $17. billion dollars lost and unaccounted for during their watch and no crime for this either. Read where Bush is making millions giving speeches, why is this not this money garnish to help repay the cost of a war that should never have been? Oh no, the Republicans are mostly Christians but they love war!! And how does this fit in with Alma Chapter 43? Tell it like it is!!!

  • Robb C Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    Many of you writing in support of him are making some purely emotional arguments. "Illegal auction?" Try that argument when you fail to pay your "illegal taxes." "Utah justice?" This was a federal case and a federal judge. Had nothing to do with Utah.

    We are a nation of laws. Break them and you must be prepared to pay the consequences. Given the penalty he might have received, he got off lightly.

  • Danish American Payson, UT
    July 26, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    We should also arrest and try Salazar who said that after 10-years we haven't studied the situation enough and cancelled the leases even though all the laws had been followed.

  • ted001 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 26, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    "He lied, obstructed lawful government proceedings and caused extraordinary loss to others".

    Now he's a convicted felon. I hope he learned his lesson. Next time he's about to break the law perhaps he'll actually think. I don't have a problem not agreeing with the law, but there are legal ways to change it. Until then, obey!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 26, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    2 years seems about right to me. Enough time that it is a real punishment but not so long that he won't still have time to actually make an attempt at having a productive life rather than the sham he lives now.

    Also to those here claiming the lease auction was illegal, no it wasn't. Just because a lib obama appointed shill decried it to be "illegal" doesn't make it so. Buerocrats proclaiming something "illegal" have no more validity than another buerocrat later calling it "legal". Remember that when the Republican president elected next year appoints someone that makes the opposite decrie. I expect none of you enviro whacko's to make a cingle complaint about it because you are the ones that are claiming that they can make those calls. If one can do it then another can do it the opposite way.

  • verlo Logan, UT
    July 26, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    According to one of the founders of DeChristopher's religion, Al Gore, the world only has 4.5 years left before the effect of global warming will be irreversible. Too bad for him to be spending almost half of his remaining time in prison.

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    July 26, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    I don't know why some of you are thrilled about this, his stay is on our dime! Perhaps the BLM will think twice before holding a rushed lease sale of our land that, a sale of leases some of which were illegal themselves! Our land should not be leased for pennies on the dollar to two-bit investors looking to make a fast buck at our expense! Why not require a plan from each bidder on how they intend to extract the natural resources, etc., and maybe even require some profit sharing to help manage our land better? DeChristofer is a hero, and the Government just helped him solidify that status! So those of you who are thrilled about this, thinking some "hippy" was just trying to stick it to the man and got what he deserved, think again.

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    July 26, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    Lauded you say? By whom? No one that matters in the real world.

  • DerVerder Paragonah, UT
    July 26, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    I think a significant fine would have worked much better. To be payed by work assigned by the court..2 years labor on a Uinta Basin oil rig. He would get to know the guys whose lives he was screwing with and learn how to work. And he may just learn to enjoy those nice warm summer days.

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    July 26, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    This crook hurt the families of those who were trying to make a living doing their jobs. That's who he hurt. Artificially making the price go up on something is fraud. (ie gov control on oil/corn/wheat etc.) This man deserves to spend time in jail for his crime.

  • oldasdirt Grantsville, UT
    July 26, 2011 5:41 p.m.

    Convicted felons are also faced with other consequences for their actions.

    1. loses the right to become an elector and cannot vote, hold public office, or run for office, although he can have these rights restored;

    2. is disqualified from jury service for seven years, or while he is a defendant in a pending felony case (CGS ยง 51-217);

    3. loses the ability to have firearms; and

    4. could lose a professional license or permit, although licensing agencies are restricted in their ability to revoke licenses because a person cannot be disqualified from engaging in any occupation, profession, or business for which a state license or permit is required solely because of a prior conviction of a crime except under certain conditions.

    Good luck young man hope you have learned a lesson.

  • DanO Mission Viejo, CA
    July 26, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    Arby, this country's foundation was in fact an act of civil disobedience. Remember that Tea Party so often trumpeted? What about the actions taken against Johnston's Army? Those were also acts of civil disobedience.

  • Arby KAYSVILLE, UT
    July 26, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    This isn't the way to change " the system". You are privileged to live in this free country that is governed by laws. If you want to change the system, change the laws. But as long as this is legal, don't get in the way. The way to stop gas and oil leases is to change the laws and procedures of the government. Not to interfere with a legally held auction. Elect those that support your views and opinions. If they don't win and change the laws, you still have to live within the law. But if they are elected to office, they can change those laws and procedures. Enjoy living in this country of freedom, governed by laws. Because if it was up totally up to me, I would lock up all the enviromental wackos in this country. But we have laws.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    July 26, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    Seems about right.

  • oldmanwinter SLC, UT
    July 26, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    OK now that we just sent a Tim to prison now maybe we can go after others who have committed similar crimes and actually harmed people (note that Tim was convicted of Financial Fraud). Lets start with those who planned and started the financial crisis and sent many nations and millions of people into financial hardship.
    And what about the federal employees who tried to illegally auction off the land in the first place? Now can we fire them?
    Tim stopped an illegal auction, our federal government was overreaching its power and it took civil disobedience to stop it. Republicans should have a lot to praise Tim for.
    And what about the moronic federal employee who allowed Tim to bid? It seems easier to bid on federal land that to fly on an airplane. Aren't there other issues here?

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    July 26, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    The classic modern statement of the doctrine of civil disobedience, in Martin Luther King's 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail," explains that a person may, in good conscience, break a law he considers unjust, so long as he does so openly, lovingly, and willing to accept the penalty.

    Mr. DeChristopher, attempting to assert the "necessity" defense, was not willing to accept the penalty for breaking the law. Therefore, his disobedience of the law was not truly civil disobedience -- just ordinary, immoral lawlessness. Time in the pokey is well-justified.

  • Ok Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 26, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    The 2 years sounds about right to me. Maybe he can get out early if he is nice.

  • DanO Mission Viejo, CA
    July 26, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    Monkey wrench an auction in the name of the environment on parcels that would be withdrawn later anyway, effectively harming no one, get two years in jail. Torch two churches, get three years of probation. Ah.. Utah justice.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    I wonder if someone were to outbid him in every attempt to purchase a home, to protest his view, if he'd feel the same way about his actions.

    Just a thought.

  • Cris B. Sandy, UT
    July 26, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    Wonderful!

    Enjoy your stay!