Tim leaving courtroom on Monday.
By Alex Chadwick
The trial of climate activist and Mountainfilm friend Tim DeChristopher goes to the jury today, with a verdict possible before day's end.
Tim, a festival guest for the last two years, is being tried on two federal felony counts that could get him ten years in prison for disrupting an oil and gas leases auction in the last days of the Bush Administration. He is charged with - and does not dispute - placing winning bids on parcels that were being auctioned for development by the Bureau of Land Management, which controls huge ranges through the west. Tim said he acted because the reality of climate change is growing, and because time is running out, and because he didn't think there was any legal means to challenge the Bush energy policies.