President Trump pardoned a father & son pair of Oregon cattle ranchers who were each serving five-year sentences (maximum) in a federal detention facility near Los Angeles.

In 2012, Dwight L. Hammond, now 76, and his son Steven D. Hammond, now 49, were convicted of arson from a legally-set fire that burned a small part of adjacent public lands.

The elder Hammond has already served over three years of his sentence, and his son has served four years. 



Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted of arson and faced a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, mandated by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

The trial judge, U.S. District Judge Michael R. Hogan said such a 5-year sentence “would not meet any idea I have of justice, proportionality  .   .   .  it would be a sentence which would shock the conscience to me.”

Instead, Hogan sentenced the elder Hammond to three months in prison and Steven Hammond to a year and a day.

Wanting to put other Western ranchers in their place, Obama’s Department of Justice under Loretta Lynch, filed an appeal to federal appeals court (the Ninth Circuit, which is completely controlled by Alt-Left activist judges) who ordered them to be resentenced to the mandatory minimum, FIVE years.


“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,” White House Spokesperson, Sarah Sanders said. “Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond, both of whom are entirely deserving of these Grants of Executive Clemency.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, who lobbied the White House for the pardon of the Hammonds, said Trump’s decision was “a win for justice, and an acknowledgement of our unique way of life in the high desert, rural West.”


Aides say Trump has been especially drawn to cases in which he believes the prosecution may have been politically motivated.  These pardons undo an Obama Administration appeal to impose longer sentences for the Hammonds and show that, at least in this case, the Trump Administration is siding with ranchers in the battle over federal lands.

“The Hammonds are multigeneration cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.”

In a pointed criticism of the Obama Administration, Ms. Sanders added: “The previous administration, however, filed an overzealous appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison.  This was unjust.”

The Hammond family, well-known in eastern Oregon, have a long history of conflict with the federal government.  But their supporters argued that their sentences, imposed under a federal terrorism law, were unduly harsh.  Terrorism???

Diane L. Gruber


About Diane L. Gruber

I am a proud American who is tired of biting my tongue for fear of making a Liberal mad; for fear of being called racist because I believe in the Rule of Law; for fear of damaging my license to practice law. NO MORE!!!! Conservative-minded citizens have stayed silent for decades while Liberals have caused significant damage to American culture and to our nation. I lived in a Third-World Dictatorship. Generation after generation had been trained to kow tow to the government. They were afraid to discuss ANYTHING about the government even in the privacy of their own homes. My "Time" magazine arrived with articles cut out, after the censors got through checking it for heresy. With Political Correctness and "hate speech" rules, we are already halfway to officially losing our precious Freedom of Speech. If we want anything of value to remain for future generations we need to act now, rally in the streets now, speak out now. Don't be cowed.

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