Jurors Not Allowed To Hear That DeChristopher Tried to Pay For His Bids & Feds Rejected His Money


Tim DeChristopher speaking post-verdict. Note: The audio in this clip isn't great.

By now you've probably heard that Tim DeChristopher has been found guilty of two felony counts of interfering with and making false representations at a government auction of leases for oil and gas exploration rights. There's been already a lot said about the verdict in support of DeChristopher, but one thing that I think hasn't been brought out enough is that not only did Tim manage to raise the money to pay for the leases and the Feds not accept that money, but as a Democracy Now! interview reveals, the jury was not allowed to hear that information--the judge deemed that information would confuse the jury. The interview also brings up another interesting point of fact that the jury was prohibited from hearing:

When DeChristopher entered the auction he did not ask to be a bidder. Rather, the opportunity was presented to him by the organizers. When Tim accepted the only identification required was a drivers license--nothing to prove he represented an oil or gas exploration or production company, nothing to prove he had funds available to pay for his bids. Again, this information was not permitted to be presented in court.

Here's the full interview from Democracy Now!: Environmentalist Tim DeChristopher Found Guilty of Sabotaging Oil and Gas Auction; Faces Up To 10 Years in Jail
More on Tim DeChristopher:
Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher Convicted on Two Felony Counts
Student Monkey-Wrencher Raises Bids, Then Funds, For Utah Land Leases

Tags: Activism | Oil