Tim DeChristopher, whose act of civil disobedience stopped the illegal auction of oil and gas leases on thousands of acres of public land, was sentenced yesterday to two years in federal prison for fraudulently halting illegal government actions. This was his statement to the court.
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.
Posted in Constitution, Energy, Environment, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Resistance, Whistleblowers
Tagged auction, blm, bureau of land management, corruption, good man jailed, jury nullification, massey energy, nonviolence, oil industry, public lands, tim dechristopher, whistleblower
By Sue Sturgis
The Institute For Southern Studies
Today marks nine months since the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and sending millions of gallons of crude oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. Though the gushing well was capped last July, oil continues to wash ashore along the Gulf Coast. BP’s oil is also washing up in people’s bodies, raising concerns about long-term health effects.
Posted in BP oil Gulf, Energy, Environment, Healthcare, Obama and Company
Tagged benzene, BP, bp oil spill, Cherri Foytlin, environmental health, Gulf Coast, gulf oil disaster, gulf watch, louisiana environmental action network, oil industry, oil spill commission, public health, xylene