Student Pleads Not Guilty in Utah Land Case

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Wed May 27 18:50:24 BST 2009

29th April 2009
Democracy Now

        Student Pleads Not Guilty in Utah Land Case

In Utah, a college student who prevented a mass sell-off of public 
wilderness has pleaded not guilty to charges of interfering with a 
public auction. Tim DeChristopher made headlines in December when he 
disrupted the Bush administration’s last-minute move to auction off oil 
and gas exploitation rights on vast swaths of federal land in Utah. 
DeChristopher was arrested after he posed as a bidder and bought 22,000 
acres of land in an attempt to save the property from drilling. He faces 
up to ten years in prison and a $750,000 fine. The trial is set to begin 
in July. On Tuesday, some 200 supporters rallied for DeChristopher 
outside his arraignment at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City.

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