Donald Trump pardons Oregon ranchers convicted of arson on federal lands

Donald Trump pardons Oregon ranchers, the Hammond brothers, convicted of arson on federal lands.  Photo: Democracy Now

Washington, July 14 (RHC)-- U.S. President Donald Trump has pardoned Dwight Hammond and his son Steven Hammond, two Oregon cattle ranchers who were convicted in 2012 of committing arson on federal lands. 

Prosecutors say the Hammonds set the fires to cover up their illegal deer poaching.  Their conviction sparked armed right-wing militiamen, led by Ammon Bundy, to take over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, provoking a 41-day armed standoff in 2016. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino



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