Trump pardons OR cattle ranchers in land dispute

Trump pardons OR cattle ranchers in land dispute

Donald Trump on Tuesday issued full pardons to two OR ranchers whose imprisonment prompted a militia standoff with the federal government.

Dwight Hammond, 76, and Steven, 49, were convicted in 2012 for setting a fire that spread onto public land after years of disputes with the US Bureau of Land Management.

Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven Hammond were granted executive grants of clemency by Trump, according to a White House statement. But the judge, citing their respect in the community, reduced their sentences: Dwight initially received a sentence of three months; his son, Steven, a year and a day.

On Jan. 2, 2016, militants seized the headquarters of the wildlife refuge in Harney County to protest the Hammonds' prosecution and sentencing. "For Dwight to spend his remaining years with his wife". But those sentences fell short of five-year minimums for arson committed against federal property. "It's a bad day for Justice".

Our dumpster fire of a president has pardoned two OR arsonists who also threatened to kill federal officials, abused their nephew and illegally ran cattle on a national wildlife refuge.

The Hammonds were released from jail Tuesday afternoon.

The Hammonds have been locked up since January 4, 2016, after they were re-sentenced following their 2012 conviction for arson on public lands.

As for when the pair might be freed from federal prison, that event seems imminent: Larry Matasar, a Portland, Ore., attorney who represents the Hammonds, tells NPR that he spoke to the Office of the Pardon Attorney about sending the proper paperwork to the prison.

Most of the protesters at the Malheur site were acquitted of charges the government brought against them.

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The service will be followed by a fly-by at Buckingham Palace and another balcony appearance from the royal family. A total of 17 royals flanked the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF celebrations.

The second arson in 2006 came as firefighting crews were battling lightning-started wildfires on BLM land. "After seeing the fires, the firefighters moved to a safer location".

The dozens of armed people who occupied the refuge near the Hammond ranch for 41 days said the Hammonds were victims of federal overreach.

The occupation resulted in the death of one man, LaVoy Fincicum, who was shot and killed by Oregon State Police troopers when he drove his truck at a roadblock while trying to escape the refuge.

The White House's statement on the pardon makes note of how a jury dropped several of the charges leveled against the Hammonds, and it also calls their sentencing an "overzealous" and "unjust" endeavor of the Obama administration.

The Center for Western Priorities, a conservation group, issued this statement.

"We think this sends a very unsafe message that will put America's park rangers, law enforcement officers and public land managers at risk", he said. "President Trump, at the urging of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has once again sided with lawless extremists who believe that public land does not belong to all Americans".

He has said he's considering thousands of other cases -famous and not.

The pardons are the latest in a series by Trump that have raised questions about whether he is using the presidential power to reward political supporters.

Trump has been especially pleased with news coverage of his actions, which included commuting the sentence of Alice Johnson, a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses whose case had been championed by reality television star Kim Kardashian West.

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