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Tim DeChristopher’s Invitation to Judge Dee Bensen

Tim DeChristopher is Cool!

Cross posted from “I Do Not Want Mercy, I Want You To Join Me” at

Thank you for the opportunity to speak before the court. When I first met Mr. Manross, the sentencing officer who prepared the presentence 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 my 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.
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Judge Dee Benson Sentenced Tim DeChristopher to Two Years Federal Prison

Judge Dee Benson sentenced Tim DeChristopher to 2 years in federal prison. Tim was led away in handcuffs, but no before making this powerful statement. As time permits, I will write about the tortured logic Judge Dee Benson (former Chief of Staff for Senator Orrin Hatch) used to justify sending DeChristopher to federal prison AT YOUR EXPENSE, instead of graduate school at Tim’s expense.

Protesters who attended the sentencing began blocking traffic and are being arrested as I write this.


Tim DeChristopher Post Sentencing Protests Uncut from Cliff Lyon on Vimeo.

Thank you to defense attorneys Ron Yengich, Pat Shea and Elizabeth Hunt for an amazing job, pro-bono. They will file an appeal. Stay tuned.

Salt Lake Tribune Report, KSL story  



DeChristopher gets 2 years, $10K fine for botching federal auction – Salt Lake City Tribune

Activist gets 2 years prison for thwarting auction

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