Tim DeChristopher’s Statement at His Sentencing Hearing

August 4, 2011 at 7:25 am (Life & Politics, Reviews & Articles)

Courageous climate control activist and Peaceful Uprising co-founder Tim DeChristopher, who was sentenced to 2 jears in federal prison for merely disrupting a federal auction of oil and gas leases in 2008 (which those leases were later proven to be illegitmate anyhow and therefore the entire auction was a sham) addressed the court and the judge at his “Bidder 70” trial sentencing hearing on July 26th and had these words to say: 

Thank you for the opportunity to speak before the court. When I first met Mr. Manross, the sentencing officer who prepared the pre-sentence report, he explained that it was essentially his job to “get to know me.”  He said he had to get to know who I really was and why I did what I did in order to decide what kind of sentence was appropriate. I was struck by the fact that he was the first person in this courthouse to call me by my first name, or even really look me in the eye. I appreciate this opportunity to speak openly to you for the first time.  I’m not here asking for your mercy, but I am here asking that you know me.

Mr. Huber has leveled a lot of character attacks at me, many of which are contrary to Mr. Manross’s report. While reading Mr Huber’s critiques of my character and my integrity, as well as his assumptions about my motivations, I was reminded that Mr Huber and I have never had a conversation. Over the two and half years of this prosecution, he has never asked me any of the questions that he makes assumptions about in the government’s report.  Apparently, Mr. Huber has never considered it his job to get to know me, and yet he is quite willing to disregard the opinions of the one person who does see that as his job. Read the rest of this entry »

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