"Federal Jury in Utah Convicts Environmentalist" -- Movement Galvanized

"Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher knew what he was doing when he made $1.8 million in false oil and gas drilling bids at a federal auction. He knew he couldn't possibly pay for them. And he knew he could end up behind bars.

But he did it for the cause. On Thursday, a federal jury convicted him on two felony counts of interfering with and making false representations at a government auction. He now faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $750,000 at his June 23 sentencing.

It was a case that became a cause celebre among avid supporters and Hollywood celebrities such as Robert Redford and Daryl Hannah."

Chi-Chi Zhang reports for the Associated Press March 4, 2011.


Trial May Recharge Movement to Stop Climate Change (Salt Lake Tribune)

Text and Video of Tim DeChristopher's Speech on Courthouse Steps (Huffington Post)

Peaceful Uprising Web Site

Bidder70 Web Site

Source: AP, 03/04/2011