May 25, 2013
Climate Activist Goes to Jail
Posted on Jul 27, 2011
In his book “Civil Disobedience,” Henry David Thoreau wrote: “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” And prison is where a federal judge has put Tim DeChristopher, 29, after he posed in 2008 as a winning bidder at a government auction for thousands of acres of land then eligible for lease by gas and oil corporations. According to the judge, it was DeChristopher’s persistent public declarations on the necessity of civil disobedience that earned him his sentence.
“The offense itself, with all apologies to people actually in the auction itself, wasn’t that bad,” the judge said.
Protesters exploded in anger when it was announced that the judge sentenced DeChristopher to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Twenty-six were arrested.
Last month Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges interviewed DeChristopher and wrote about his case. To see that article, click here. —ARK
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