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Presidential pardon serves justice to Hammonds


Last week, President Trump pardoned 76-year old Oregon rancher Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., and his 49-year old son, Steven Hammond.

I strongly believe that the pardon was justified after the vindictive prosecution and excessive sentencing of the Hammonds.

In 2001, the Hammonds were conducting controlled burns, a common land management technique, on their land to burn invasive weeds on their property.

The fire spread unintentionally to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, burning about 140 acres.

In 2006, the Hammonds started a backfire to halt the spread of larger wildfires to prote...

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