Trump Pardons & Releases Dwight and Steven Hammond from Prison

by Shari Dovale

Dwight and Steven Hammond and family
Dwight and Steven Hammond and family

USA – -(  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


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 a 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 the 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
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  • 7 thoughts on “Trump Pardons & Releases Dwight and Steven Hammond from Prison

    1. Typical example of government overreach and example of our employees leading themselves rather than living up to the requirements of the job or respect for their employers. Listening to the hearings today about Strzok it makes it even more evident the swamp is BIG and it is going to be a full time job stopping the employees that are out of control. WE have got to get out and vote or these thugs will do the same to anyone of us they want to take out or take our property. Your life may depend on you voting , this article is proof.

      1. @Tcat, Yep, the agencies are out of control. The Fibbies and BatF’s have been corrupt right down to the ground for years and need to be disbanded.

    2. The Hammons were not convicted of terrorism.
      That mistake is repeated in a lot of news reports about the story
      They were convicted of arson of federal property for setting range fires.
      The penalty for arson is the same five year penalty but they were not convicted of terrorism

      1. The fires were set as Back Fires” to prevent the spread of a forest fire on from spreading to their leased pasture lands and also to rid it of pest growth which killed grass and ruined pastures.
        HAVE the FEDS prosecuted the morons that spilled mine waste that CONTAMINATED three major rivers?

    3. The next necessary step is to bring the cold blooded murderers of LaVoy Finicum to justice, whether they be FBI, OSP, or mercenaries. The federal government must not be allowed o arbitrarily execute unarmed citizens.

    4. This should have never happened, but under Obama it was crush the hard working American and give free stuff to illegals and anyone he could buy off! That was the worst eight years I’ve seen in my 64 years on this earth!

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