President Trump pardons Hammonds

Oregon Farm Bureau statement on Hammonds pardon

OFB note: Immediately after this release went out at 7:40 a.m. this morning, OFB President Barry Bushue began answering media calls, including interviews with KGW Channel 8, KOIN 6, the LA Times, and the Washington Times. Barry is in Washington D.C. and has been in constant contact with Congressman Greg Walden. Following is OFB’s official statement.

STATEMENT FROM OREGON FARM BUREAU, July 10, 2018, SALEM, OREGON: Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) thanks President Trump, Congressman Walden, and all of those who worked to end the injustice done to Steven and Dwight Hammond by granting them clemency. While nobody can restore what they’ve lost to this prosecutorial overreach and bureaucratic vendetta, we are happy that this awful chapter will be coming to a close soon.

OFB has publicly advocated for the Hammonds, including gathering over 25,000 online signatures, and also supported clemency through officials in Oregon and Washington, D.C.

OFB President Barry Bushue said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Steven and Dwight as they get back to the people and the land they love. We will continue to do whatever we can to ensure that this injustice is never repeated.”

The federal judge who heard the Hammonds’ case, Michael Hogan, said in his ruling that a five-year prison sentence is “grossly disproportionate to the severity of [petitioners’] offenses.” He added that it does “not meet any idea I have of justice, proportionately” and “would shock the conscience to me.” Hogan also noted that the 1996 Anti-Terrorism & Effective Death Penalty Act was never meant to apply to ranchers simply trying to protect their land.

We agree.

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