Monday, November 21, 2016

Trump urged to pardon Oregon ranchers who sparked armed standoff

Supporters of the father and son ranchers whose case led to a protracted armed standoff earlier this year have started a petition on the official White House website. It asks President-elect Donald Trump to pardon the pair on the day of his inauguration. Dwight and Steve Hammond are the ranchers from Burns, Ore., who were sentenced to prison for controlled burns on their land that got out of hand and scorched some federal foliage as well. They were sentenced and served time, then were made to serve longer sentences. The two were trapped by federal mandatory minimums that were created to fight not carelessness but terrorism. Now that the protesters are out and things have calmed down, the Hammonds' supporters are hoping that Trump is still in a listening mood. The official petition was posted on the We the People website Saturday. It has until December 19 to get 100,000 digital signatures to guarantee an official response from the White House...more

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