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Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Forced Back into Prison Under Anti-Terror Law – The Latest (Video)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 9:43
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President Donald Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers forced back into prison in 2016 to serve out the rest of the mandatory minimum sentence required under an anti-terrorism law.

“The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” the White House said in a statement. “The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.

Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted of committing arson on federal land in 2012 under an anti-terrorism law from 1996. The U.S. District Court judge who sentenced the ranchers believed the mandatory minimum sentence was too harsh, thus both men served short stints in prison.

The Hammonds served their time, but federal prosecutors appealed the case and got a federal court to overturn the 2012 judgment. The Hammonds were forced back into prison in 2016 to serve the rest of their sentences.

The Hammonds’ re-incarceration sparked an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon by brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy. An armed standoff between the Bundys and law enforcement lasted

Protect the Harvest (PTH), an agriculture advocacy group, has been lobbying the Trump administration to commute the Hammonds’ sentences, arguing forcing them back into prison was unjust.

“I’ve had great attorneys tell me this is the most malicious prosecution they’ve ever seen,” PTH national strategic planner Dave Duquette told The Daily Caller News Foundation in June.

“The travesty is what they were tried under. Not whether they started a fire. They admitted to starting the fires,” Duquette said.

Trump has so far issued five pardons, including for conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza and former Bush administration official Scooter Libby. Trump has commuted sentences for two individuals.

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    Hallelujah! #FreeTheHammonds Achieved! Thank The Lord and our dear President Donald Trump! I am ETERNALLY grateful! Mr. Dwight and Mr. Steven will be flown from Private Plane, home from a CA Federal Prison. Where many, including me, will be waiting!

  • Man

    Wait, They violently took over a federal building and they admitted starting fires in the park…

    if it was any other group, ;atino’s black, Immigranst Muslims, they would not be pardonned

    • b4

      little boy(manless) –you are 100 percent pure jackass


      Dude, you need to get your story straight! Dwight and Steven #NeverStoodWithTheBundy’s you are conflating facts. Quit spreading lies. The ONLY quote “Terrorists” according to Conviction are, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who received a #FullPardon, and that means, you can No longer LEGALLY refer to them as Twrrorists.

      • b4

        little boy(manless) always posts nothing but pure bull shett–he wallows in his own crap because his mommy refuses to change his diapers anymore–dont argue with the insane….

  • friends2you

    Nice to see the pardon took place. Lets see the Bundy’s get one too.

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