An old lawyer told me, if you walk into a lion's cage and punch the lion in the face, don't complain if he eats you. Tim DeChristopher's actions in opposing the Bush Administration's oil leases were honorable and courageous.
Tim is an excellent spokesman for the save-the-Earth movement. Having stepped into the lion's cage, he can legitimately claim martyrdom.
Although I represented him in court, Tim and I diverge on his claim that the system of justice is "corrupt." I disagreed with the rulings; however, I never would use "corrupt" to describe his trial.