President Trump has granted full pardons to two Oregon ranchers who were jailed after a controlled burn migrated onto public land.
A White House statement Tuesday explained Dwight Lincoln Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven Hammond, are multi-generation cattle ranchers who were imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land.
‚ÄúThe evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds‚Äô responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges,‚ÄĚ the statement said.
They were sentenced to prison and released after serving their time. But the Obama administration demanded they go back into court ‚Äúwhere they were sentenced to further time in prison under an anti-terrorism law, even though there was no evidence presented that the ranchers had planned or engaged in terrorism in any way.‚ÄĚ ...