This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance by Chris Hedges

Tim DeChristopher

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by Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
June 20, 2011

Tim DeChristopher is scheduled to be sentenced in a Salt Lake City courtroom by U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on July 26. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for fraudulently bidding in December 2008 on parcels of land, including areas around eastern Utah’s national parks, which were being sold off by the Bush administration to the oil and natural gas industry. As Bidder No. 70, he drove up the prices of some of the bids and won more than a dozen other parcels for $1.8 million. The government is asking Judge Benson to send DeChristopher to prison for four and a half years.

His prosecution is evidence that our moral order has been turned upside down. The bankers and swindlers who trashed the global economy and wiped out some $40 trillion in wealth amass obscene amounts of money, much of it provided by taxpayers. They do not go to jail.

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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal ClassandThe World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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6 thoughts on “This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance by Chris Hedges

  1. This is an amazing story. One I knew nothing about before Chris Hedges, and DandelionSalad. I am so impressed with DeChristopher’s intelligence, analysis of what is going on, and what he was facing, his level of commitment – and his connecting of all of this to the early days of the Civil Rights protests. I hope there is an appeal happening in his case. It is such a miscarriage of the spirit of the Law that the judge did not allow the evidence that the auction was overturned as illegal, and that DeChristopher raised the money to pay for the land. Thanks for providing this information.

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  3. The sociopathic mindset marches on, but the light will not be vanquished. I heard the recent Bilderberger Conference got cut short due to the fear of some at it getting arrested. Oh, the Swiss Police should have marched in there with most of the force and taken some of them out in handcuffs. Shame on the security force for protecting legalized thugs. When will they wake up to that reality…

  4. Well, it seems, especially in terms of civil “disobedience”, that as a juror one can still VOTE one’s CONSCIENCE.

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