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Lawyers say Utah activist punished in prison

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Lawyers for an environmental activist convicted of disrupting a federal oil-and-gas auction say the man has been put into isolation at a federal prison because of an unidentified congressman's complaint.
PAUL FOY
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Lawyers for an environmental activist convicted of disrupting a federal oil-and-gas auction say the man has been put into isolation at a federal prison because of an unidentified congressman's complaint.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons refuses to confirm or deny that Tim DeChristopher is being punished.

The man's lawyer says prison officials in California, where DeChristopher is held, told the jailed activist that a congressman complained about an email he sent to some of his supporters.

Pat Shea says prison officials have opened an investigation and moved DeChristopher to a special section of the prison.

DeChristopher was sentenced in July to serve two years at a federal prison in Herlong, Calif., for bidding on drilling leases near Utah's national parks in an effort to stop the sales to developers.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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