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PARDONS for Dwight and Steven Hammond!

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Dwight and Steven Hammond are coming home!

 

PARDONS for Dwight and Steven Hammond!
Susie Hammond, wife of Dwight Hammond, waits patiently for the release of her husband and son, with her kitten named “Liberty”. Photo: Redoubt News

 

Dwight and Steven Hammond

Pardoned by President Trump

by Shari Dovale

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, President Donald Trump granted a Full Pardon to Dwight and Steven Hammond.

The Hammonds were convicted on June 22, 2012, of starting two small fires under the 1996 Antiterrorism Act, which carried a 5 year minimum sentence. The presiding judge, Michael Hogan, overruled the minimum terrorist sentence, commenting that if the full five years were required it would be a violation of the 8th amendment (cruel and unusual punishment).

Dwight was sentenced to 3 months and Steven was given 12 months. They fulfilled these sentences. Dwight was released in March 2013 and Steven, January 2014.

The government appealed this ruling and in October 2015, the 9th District Court “re-sentenced” Dwight and Steven, requiring them to return to prison for several more years.

The “re-sentencing” of the ranchers from Harney County sparked a protest that led to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Protest which lasted 41 days beginning in January 2016.

The protest, led by Ammon Bundy, ended after the shooting of LaVoy Finicum by law enforcement, during what they have called a “traffic stop”.

The traffic stop was set up in advance on a remote highway in Rural Oregon while the protesters were traveling to the city of John Day to participate in a public meeting. The set up was known as a “Deadman’s Roadblock”.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent W. Joseph Astarita is said to have fired his weapon at Finicum during that stop. He has not been charged with that crime, however, he is facing 5 charges for his actions during the incident, including obstruction of justice and giving false statements to investigators. His trial is scheduled to begin in Portland later this month.

Read more at Redoubt News

 

STATEMENT BY STEWART RHODES:

Justice has finally been done in the Hammond case, which outraged Americans not just out West, but across the nation.   Not only were they political prisoners prosecuted/persecuted by an Obama [In]Justice Department openly hostile to ranchers, but that same Justice Department was outraged when the trial judge dared display having a conscience and compassion – can’t have that!  As the Trump White House statement put it:

At the Hammonds’ original sentencing, the judge noted that they are respected in the community and that imposing the mandatory minimum, 5-year prison sentence would “shock the conscience” and be “grossly disproportionate to the severity” of their conduct.  As a result, the judge imposed significantly lesser sentences.  The previous administration, however, filed an overzealous appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison.  This was unjust.

Exactly.   It was unjust.  And that injustice has now finally been corrected.  Now, the same thing needs to be done for the men who stood at Bundy ranch who have since been convicted, such as Todd Engel, who is scheduled to be sentenced on July 19, 2018, or those who were coerced into taking plea bargains after being threatened with long prison sentences if they dared go to trial (such as Jerry DeLemus).   All of those prosecutions were politically motivated, and all of them are political prisoners.  We will support such efforts in any way we can.

The pardon power is built right into our Constitution, in Article II, Section 2, Clause 1:

“…he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”

That power is there for a reason, and such executive clemency is also a power in the hands of the state governors for the same reason – so that injustices can be corrected in particular cases. It is similar to the power of the jury to acquit even in the face of the law, as was done in the Bundy Malheur case in Oregon. The jury acquitted in that case because the jury could see that those prosecutions were an injustice. Imagine if that had been a bench trial (by judge) instead of by a jury.

The jury can stop injustice on the front end, through acquittal even in the face of the law, and the executive can correct an injustice on the back end through executive clemency (pardon, commutation of sentence), again, even in the face of the law, and despite conviction. Both serve as “safety valves” in our legal system to ensure that justice is done and that injustice is corrected.

Obama gave executive clemency (pardon or commutation of sentence) to 1,927 people, including a convicted terrorist who planted bombs in occupied buildings.   Remember to point that out when leftists howl in anger about this.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes

 

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding
Executive Clemency for Dwight and Steven Hammond

Issued on: July 10, 2018

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency (Full Pardons) for Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., and his son, Steven Hammond.  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 evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.

At the Hammonds’ original sentencing, the judge noted that they are respected in the community and that imposing the mandatory minimum, 5-year prison sentence would “shock the conscience” and be “grossly disproportionate to the severity” of their conduct.  As a result, the judge imposed significantly lesser sentences.  The previous administration, however, filed an overzealous appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison.  This was unjust.

Dwight Hammond is now 76 years old and has served approximately three years in prison.  Steven Hammond is 49 and has served approximately four years in prison.  They have also paid $400,000 to the United States to settle a related civil suit.  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.

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Featured Photo: Steven, left, and Earlyna Hammond with Steven’s parents, Susie and Dwight Hammond, in a family photo. (Photograph: Susan Doverspike)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19 comments

  1. They had a jury trial–received the shortest sentence — & were evidently guilty of the crime–anybody else would still be in jail—trump buddies ???

      1. Exactly. The pardon power is built right into our Constitution, in Article II, Section 2, Clause 1:

        “…he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”

        It is there for a reason, and is also a power in the hands of the state governors for the same reason – so that injustices can be corrected in particular cases. It is similar to the power of the jury to acquit even in the face of the law, as was done in the Bundy Malheur case in Oregon. The jury acquitted in that case because the jury could see that those prosecutions were an injustice. Imagine if that had been a bench trial (by judge) instead of by a jury.

        The jury can stop injustice on the front end, through acquittal even in the face of the law, and the executive can correct an injustice on the back end through executive clemency/pardon, again, even in the face of the law, and despite conviction. Both serve as “safety valves” in our legal system to ensure that justice is done and that injustice is corrected.

        And as Shorty noted, Obama gave executive clemency (pardon or commutation of sentence) to many, including a convicted terrorist who planted bombs in occupied buildings:

        https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/oscar-lopez-commutation-barack-obama-214685

        Here is a rundown:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_granted_executive_clemency_by_Barack_Obama

    1. The BLm started a fire and blamed it on a lightning strike, Hammonds did a back burn to save their crop and accidentally burned 139 acres of BLm land. Witnesses were not allowed their testimony on this fact and others. There was no crime except government wanting to steal our land.

      1. Thank you, Randy. And they thought they could ‘break’ elderly Mrs. Hammond with a fine of $400,000 and other one sided agreements in favor of BLM….which did not work. Ol’ range gals are tough. The fire was witnessed being set by BLM – info. not allowed in court. There is a law on the books that basically says private parties must control fire to protect their property…Feds are not obligated to do so. Hammonds were railroaded in an effort by BLM to take their mineral rich ranch which has been after for years and is on going for 30 years. Not only did Hammonds not deserve prison, they did not deserve the harassment. They need to be restored the $400,000 that was extorted from them, their water and grazing rights (if stolen) not to mention over $1 million in attorney fees. A complete investigation of the corruption in the Harney County government and the local BLM needs to be done on the coat tails of the U1 investigation – they are all related. See BLM at work destroying ranchers property and cattle. Go to YouTube ‘ The Burning of French Glenn’. It will sicken you. Who gave THAT order??? KARGIS????? Might check into that husband/wife team to find out where harassment starts from.

      2. The pot calling the kettle black. “If the Hammonds are jailed for unintentionally losing control of a backfire, so should BLM agents, whose gross mismanagement causes death and destruction every summer,”
        Unfortunately, even if he did have full support from congress, it would take 8 years to reverse half of the transgressions imposed by the prior admin. And we see that the Dark State is still very active in many parts of the Federal system.

    2. It is called real Justice to be free when you havn’t done any real crime. As the original judge said the punishment did not fit the crime. Maybe you should read the article Kramer.

    3. OH WE SEE WHERE YOU STAND WHY ARE YOU EVEN HERE THIS WEBSITE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN TRUTH YOU MUST BE STILL UNDER THE BLUE SPELL.

    4. Your comment shows your ignorance of the facts. Harry Reed’s son, or son-in-Law, whom is employed with the BLM, set the fires to force the Bundy’s off their land, as Obama was trying to take over millions of acres that was ranch land for generations.

    5. AND the jury was lied to by the PROSECUTORS and the ‘evidence’…ALL lies….or do you even care…….since your hatred for President Trump is YOUR compelling emotion…please do not let the ‘true’ facts get in your way, as you have done….imo

    6. What you do not realize is they never actually committed any crime at all but were railroaded by gov agencies and DSA types in the Oregon Government under BHO and crew. all the real evidence is available but it takes a bit of effort to seek it out, as always in every matter here in USA today. People like you are easily spoon fed distortions and lies and good men easily become supposed criminals as the outcome ! This entire event was the perfect example of and out of control bureaucracy and the massive corruption within that system of control freaks ! Agent Love is the perfect example of the control freaks, just as P Strzok and L Page are in the current fiasco. Every agency was completely corrupted and used as a political tool and or a social tool for supposed change under the BHO regime. Please get up to speed om the truth of many matters.

  2. They were rail roaded from day 1 by the BLM that whole thing should of never happened go do your research !!

  3. I am thrilled to see the President grant this pardon in this case and will send him an e-mail thanking him for his compassionate wisdom and fearlessness in reversing Federal tyranny, stupidity, and self destructive behavior (self destructive to U.S.) and other policies in a host of issues…including this Federal foot on the peoples neck.

    There is great symbolism here past the sweet mercy given to the people involved.

    I thank God Trump was elected over Hillary!

  4. Great news!

    All the letters and phone calls paid off.

    Another undoing of evil deeds the bath house barry regime inflicted on this nation. There is no sympathy for those who supported his acts of treadon and sedition.

    Thank you President Trump for having balls and intestinal fortitude and a good heart.

  5. Justice? It’s a good start, but justice won’t be served until the government re-pays the $400,000 in fines and brings the real BLM criminals to justice.

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