Trump Pardons White Oregon Arsonists, Praises Them
President Donald Trump has issued pardons to Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven Hammond who were convicted of arson in 2012 for setting fire to land in Harney County, Oregon, back in 2001; Steven was convicted of setting a second fire in 2006.
The Hammonds, who claimed they had grazing rights on federal land for their cattle, were ordered back to prison in 2016 to serve their five-year sentences, notes Oregon Live.
The Hammonds’ supporters, Ammon Bundy and his followers, engineered an armed takeover for 41 days of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that abutted the Hammond family ranch. Bundy and his followers did not serve time.
The White House praised the Hammonds, who defied the U.S. government:
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.
Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond, both of whom are entirely deserving of these Grants of Executive Clemency.’
(Source: Oregon Live)