Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on September 20, 2011
Utah – Senior (and I do mean ‘senior’) Senator from Utah, Orrin Hatch, was outed last week by local Attorney and former BLM-director Pat Shea as having called a Federal Judge to recommend sentencing against activist Tim DeChristopher. Now what is Hatch claiming?
In the article last week, Shea claims that after Tim DeChristopher, the environmental activist who protested against big oil with false oil and gas lease bids, was convicted – but prior to sentencing – Senator Orrin Hatch called Judge Dee Benson and pushed him to give DeChristopher the heavier sentence of 4-6 years. According to the article, Benson is a long-time supporter and friend of Hatch.
This morning, Senator Hatch fired back in the SL Tribune through one of his spokespeople, saying that “Pat Shea is making false allegations.”
So it seems that right now we have two figures, one claiming the scandalous sentence-influencing happened and the other saying it didn’t. I don’t think the stink of the scandal is going to wash off Senator Orrin Hatch until we hear from Judge Dee Benson himself.