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Trump Issues Full Pardons To Oregon Ranchers Forced Back Into Prison Under Anti-Terror Law

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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 a federal court overturned the 2012 judgement. 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 ensued.

 

Full article:

http://amp.dailycaller.com/2018/07/10/trump-pardons-oregon-ranchers/

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The entire refuge thing was incredibly dumb. 

 

The guys started fires that burned federal land and where poaching.  I agree it was double jeopardy and that wasn't right but don't make them out to be some holy saints.

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I can’t say what I would like to say because I am staff so I will just say this

 

not sure where you get your info from BUT you are wrong..

 

They started fires on their land that ACCIDENTLY ran over to the federal land that borders their property. 

 

No where has it ever been written that they were poaching!  

State that source🤬

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Well, in listening to them, I have never heard anything about poaching. 

 

I was a newspaper reporter in 1999 in New Mexico and worked on some BLM pieces. 

 

They are govt, they lie and they coerce others to lie against their targets. 

 

I’ll trust the Hammonds before I trust the any govt agency. 

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26 minutes ago, Megatron said:

 

From the article...

 

"The jury convicted both of the Hammonds of using fire to destroy federal property for a 2001 arson known as the Hardie-Hammond Fire, located in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area.  Witnesses at trial, including a relative of the Hammonds, testified the arson occurred shortly after Steven Hammond and his hunting party illegally slaughtered several deer on BLM property.  Jurors were told that Steven Hammond handed out “Strike Anywhere” matches with instructions that they be lit and dropped on the ground because they were going to “light up the whole country on fire.”  One witness testified that he barely escaped the eight to ten foot high flames caused by the arson.  The fire consumed 139 acres of public land and destroyed all evidence of the game violations.  After committing the arson, Steven Hammond called the BLM office in Burns, Oregon and claimed the fire was started on Hammond property to burn off invasive species and had inadvertently burned onto public lands.  Dwight and Steven Hammond told one of their relatives to keep his mouth shut and that nobody needed to know about the fire."

 

I recall there being a Dateline NBC (???) documentary about the Hammonds and people on both sides recalling what occurred.

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I am all for keeping the hammonds out of double jeopardy.  I am not a fan if the  blm and their heavy handed tactics either.  I just wish people would get the facts straight before they rush a refuge and put kids lives at danger while trying to get the cops to kill them.

 

Lavoy or whatever his name is.  Had every opportunity to stop and turn himself in.  He choose to flee and drive around a road block.  He choose to dance around and go for a gun.  Shame on him and the Sean Anderson types.

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http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/what-is-the-oregon-standoff-really-about/

 

Court testimony from a prosecution witness, a range conservationist, elicited the statement that the burn had “improved the conditions on the BLM property.” Environmentalists had put pressure on the BLM to cease controlled burns, and the conditions on the range had deteriorated, so that not only did the juniper invasion increase but fires that did break out due to lightning or other factors burned much hotter, sterilizing the soil and leading to a profusion of weeds. When the problems became all too apparent, the BLM started a program of controlled burns. According to Erin Maupin, a former BLM watershed specialist and range technician, due to the intermingling of public and private land, “collaborative burns” are much more effective, as opposed to trying to follow property lines. This is precisely what the first fire was all about: not “arson,” but rational land management.

 

The second fire Dwight and Steven Hammond were charged with starting occurred in 2006: it happened during a lightning storm, and according to Susan Hammond the reason was to protect their home and property: “There was fire all around them that was going to burn our house and all of our trees and everything. The opportunity to set a back-fire was there and it was very successful. It saved a bunch of land from burning.”

According to the feds, a grand total of one acre of federal land was affected, although how this conclusion was reached is hard to say because fires were burning all over the place during the fierce lightning storm. The Hammonds’ neighbor, Ruthie Danielson, confirms this: “Lightning strikes were everywhere, fires were going off,” she said.

 

The morning after the fire, according to Ammon Bundy’s write-up, BLM agents filed a police report with the Harney County Sheriff’s office, charging Dwight and Steven Hammond with arson. A few days passed without any action on the part of the authorities, until a BLM ranger called Steven and asked to meet with him in the town of Frenchglen “for coffee.” As Steven was leaving the meeting he was intercepted by the sheriff and a BLM ranger, arrested, and told to go back and collect his father, who was also being charged. Both were booked on several charges—essentially the same charges that would be brought five years later, minus the “terrorism” angle. The case was reviewed by the district attorney, who deemed the accusations unworthy of prosecution: all charges were dropped...”

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Seems like they left a lot out but not sure what's your topic proves.   If your looking for saints to defend then i hate to tell you nobody is one.

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Im mean psm i wanna say  plm and a few other pa militias wouldn't stand with the son Ammon.but before they went to the bird sanctuary i was with um...we all know they showed there ass there and as did alot of patriots and hell they earned there court date... A double jeopardy case wouldnt go anywhere...I still think these people involved are patriots and are fed up but idk about defending it...and as for the title of this article hell yeah trump i think is a militia lover...

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On 7/18/2018 at 4:58 AM, Megatron said:

Seems like they left a lot out but not sure what's your topic proves.   If your looking for saints to defend then i hate to tell you nobody is one.

 

My point was that President Trump pardoned them. 

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6 minutes ago, ImTexan said:

 

My point was that President Trump pardoned them. 

And I agreed with you on the double jeopardy.  I just refuse to support the hammonds as stand up people  

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