Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Whose Imprisonment Sparked Deadly 41-Day Standoff

President Trump pardoned a father and son from Oregon on Tuesday who were imprisoned after setting fire to federal land during what were intended to be controlled burns. The imprisonment - which followed a multi-decade feud with the federal government, resulted in approximately 100-150 armed militia members taking control of a closed wildlife park headquarters in a 41-day standoff led by three brothers from the Cliven Bundy family. Read more about the case here.

76-year-old Dwight Hammond and his son Steven Hammond, 49, were convicted of arson in 2012 for fires burned on federal land in 2001 and 2006 and originally sentenced to three months and one year respectively. 

In October 2015, however, an appellate judge ruled that the sentences were too short based on federal minimum sentencing laws of five years, and re-sentenced to serve out the longer terms.

The Hammond Family

The resentencing sparked protests led by the cattle ranching Bundy family and others, who took up arms and occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near the Southeastern Oregon ranch owned by the Hammonds from Jan 2 to Febn 11, 2016. 

During the standoff, FBI agent W. Joseph Astarita reportedly began firing off shots during the arrest of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum. The agent was later accused of falsely denying he fired the shots at Finicum or his truck, and pleaded not guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and three counts of making a false statement. 

Finicum was killed in the incident. 

“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.”

"Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond, both of whom are entirely deserving of these Grants of Executive Clemency," the statement also reads. 

Dwight has so far served about three years in prison and Steven has served about four years. They have also paid $400,000 to the United States to settle a related civil suit. -Fox News

This marks Trump's 7th and 8th pardon or commutation since taking office - the first being Arizona sheriff Joseph Arpaio. Other recipients of a pardon or commutation include; "Scooter" Libby, Dinesh D'Souza, and Kristian Mark Saucier - a former US Navy sailor who was convicted of unauthorized retention of national defense information and sentenced to one year in prison for taking photographs of classified engineering areas of nuclear attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN-757). 

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nmewn Billy the Poet Tue, 07/10/2018 - 21:45 Permalink

It's getting harder & harder to paint Trump as a "Deep State actor" when he pardons those who fought against the Deep State...lol.

But I'm sure there are "those" who will say Trump did this as an easy ruse, to throw everyone off the track, like conservative appointments and tax breaks and rolling back regs and being Americans First instead of the state, all, just a ruse ;-)

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Number 9 nmewn Tue, 07/10/2018 - 22:10 Permalink

worse yet, as I will admit this the first time to anyone on earth, and being I am anonymous (kinda) shortly after MY VOTE elected Jr into office and buildings started collapsing into free fall dust, I thought to myself "thank God the Republicans are in the drivers seat"..

how is that for ignorance?

the apology is not a joke.. 

sure cured my ass of voting that is for sure and certain.. never been so disgusted and embarrassed in my life..

one can lie to others and deny ever having anything to do with this shit and say "well fvku I didnt vote for that retard" but you cant lie to yourself so I made a vow to NEVER do that again..

UNLESS someone truly worthy was to materialize in the cesspool of politics and low and behold who in God's creation would EVER believe it would be Donald Trump?

 

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lew1024 Number 9 Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:08 Permalink

One of them was going to win. Easy decision.

Worst of 2 evils? Maybe, we haven't decided yet.

Worst case, Trump will be as easy to take down by the Patriots as Clinton would have been, and we put off the necessary decision for some years.  Years of prepping and more people taking the red pill, being on our side when TSHTF.

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LetThemEatRand nmewn Tue, 07/10/2018 - 21:57 Permalink

"But I'm sure there are "those" who will say Trump did this as an easy ruse, to throw everyone off the track...."

I'll be that guy in this context.  I wouldn't say he's trying to throw everyone off track, as much as he's throwing a bone to his base.  He is tuned into conservative issues and he knows this is a big one.  He did the right thing here, no doubt.  But look at the comments to this article if you are curious if his marketing machine is dead on track.  Meanwhile, what are the consequences to the deep state actors that put these guys in prison for several years?  Nothing. 
Where is the push to change the laws that led to the sentence (the federal minimum sentence guidelines)?  Nothing.  Where is the firing of the FBI agents who were involved?  Nothing.

The Deep State goes on unabated.  Two guys get out of prison to great fanfare from his conservative base.  Do the math.

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STP LetThemEatRand Tue, 07/10/2018 - 22:14 Permalink

The DOJ has an investigation going on, for Prosecutorial Misconduct in Nevada.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/21/us/attorney-general-sessions-bundy.h…

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday ordered an investigation into the high-profile prosecution of anti-government ranchers in Nevada, after a judge declared a mistrial, saying that prosecutors had improperly withheld evidence from the defense.

The case against Cliven D. Bundy, his sons Ammon E. Bundy and Ryan C. Bundy, and a supporter, Ryan W. Payne, stemmed from an armed standoff in 2014 between federal agents on one side, and the Bundys and people who flocked to their cause on the other."

 

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Conscious Reviver LetThemEatRand Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:55 Permalink

Well said LTER. I was going to say something similar.

Re. "the minimum sentencing", to me there are bigger issues affecting liberty.

o Unequal before the law. The Feds start a burn on BLM land, it gets away from them and burns ranchers land and property, no one is accused of or goes to jail for arson. But if the rancher's controlled burn gets onto Fed land, the rancher goes to prison.

o The Feds are flawed know-it-alls. The burn in question had significant academic support as a means to control invasive species and preserve native ones. Also, see BTP's burning cow vid.

o Double jeopardy. The Oregon ranchers were already sentenced by the judge, served the time and were released when they were grabbed and thrown back into prison. Are they really arsonists or just stewards of their land who got unlucky on a day when the wind came up?

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psychobilly LetThemEatRand Wed, 07/11/2018 - 03:29 Permalink

Yeah, the real issue is that you’re a shitlib and a cuck at heart, so there was never even the smallest of chances of you giving credit even when it’s due in the first place.

You’re here to posture and preen as the voice of sophisticated wisdom setting all the unsophisticated flyover rubes straight.  

The prospect of a hard right turn for the Supreme Court for a generation must be killing you inside.  You poor thing.  The (((fake American))) RBG is next to be replaced.

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