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Finally justice

The Hammonds are released.

 

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President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. The arson crime carried a minimum prison sentence of five years, but a sympathetic federal judge, on his last day before retirement, decided the penalty was too stiff and gave the father and son much lighter prison terms.

 

Prosecutors won an appeal and the Hammonds were resentenced in October 2015 to serve the mandatory minimum.

The decision sparked a protest from Ammon Bundy and dozens of others, who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near the Hammond ranch in southeastern Oregon from Jan. 2 to Feb. 11, 2016, complaining the Hammonds were victims of federal overreach.

The armed occupiers changed the refuge's name to the Harney County Resource Center, reflecting their belief that the federal government has only a very limited right to own property within a state's borders.

Bundy was arrested during a Jan. 26 traffic stop, effectively ending the protest. Another key occupier, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was fatally shot that day by Oregon State Police.

In a statement Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called that decision to resentence the Hammonds "unjust."

"The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West," she said. "Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond, both of whom are entirely deserving of these Grants of Executive Clemency."

 

https://www.agweb.com/article/presidential-pardon-for-two-ranchers-convicted-of-arson/

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Senior Contributor

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Advisor

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Did Lavoy Finicum's survivors win a wrongful death judgement or is that still pending?

Advisor

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Don't suppose he's considering other victims of GOP minimum sentencing laws, do you?

 

 

Senior Advisor

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A judge had already turned them loose but Obama wanted them separated from their families and back in a cage.

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the DOJ does that with any Fed case where the mandatory minimum is ignored.

 

Typically a very popular matter with Law and Order folks when meted out to The Other..

 

Of course this has nothing to do with justice- it as a blatant dogwhistle to what the French refer to as les trashyandignorant.

 

RW militias currently represent a far greater danger to individual Americans than Islamic terrorists.

 

This is a dangerous place to go. But thanks for reminding me that not only are you guys crazy but you're also dangerous.

Senior Advisor

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"the DOJ does that with any Fed case where the mandatory minimum is ignored."

 

 

 

No they don't Obama released 1,000s of prisoners after he didn't get his way on sequester. DOJ never said a word. They went after the Hammonds to make an example of what happens when you question the authority of the bureau of land management. Trump righted a wrong.

Senior Contributor

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(President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands.)

 

I will agree with you in regards to the Hammond's and agree with their clemency.

 

(The decision sparked a protest from Ammon Bundy and dozens of others, who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near the Hammond ranch in southeastern Oregon from Jan. 2 to Feb. 11, 2016, complaining the Hammonds were victims of federal overreach.

The armed occupiers changed the refuge's name to the Harney County Resource Center, reflecting their belief that the federal government has only a very limited right to own property within a state's borders.

Bundy was arrested during a Jan. 26 traffic stop, effectively ending the protest. Another key occupier, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was fatally shot that day by Oregon State Police.)

 

I have no sympathy for Bundy and his idiot clan along with the rest of those clowns that were involved in the armed takeover of the refuge or for the one whom was shot.

Have the Bundy's ever paid their delinquent grazing fees?

 

 

Senior Advisor

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Bundy was willing to pay grazing fees to the state. But if he paid and signed contracts with the federal government they were going to take his grazing rights to 1,000s if not 10s of 1,000s of acres to protect a turtle that has survived millions of years. A couple of good articles on the west.

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-schennesen/the-stetson-rebellion-and_b_8949070.html

 

http://www.rangemagazine.com/features/fall-15/range-hammond-sp13-enemies_of_the_state.pdf

 

 

The Bundys have been cleared of many of the charges the government filed against them. Don't know how the grazing rights issue has been or if it has been settled. Much of how the Hammonds were abused by the government also happened to the Bundys.

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