Bogus bidder argues he had to act


In court papers filed Monday, attorneys Ron Yengich, Elizabeth Hunt and Pat Shea detailed how and why DeChristopher would defend himself from felony charges stemming from his bogus bidding at the Bureau of Land Management's Dec. 19 auction.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson, who a month ago said he was disinclined to allow what is called a "necessity" or "choice of evils" defense, asked the attorneys for the explanation before he rules on a prosecution motion to block the defense.

The judge said he was "reluctant to open my courtroom to a lengthy hearing on global warming" -- but that's exactly what DeChristopher wants.