(National Sentinel) Justice League: When POTUS Donald Trump sees injustice, he fixes it right away. He doesn’t wait for advisers to weigh in. He doesn’t conduct polling. He just acts.
The president has used his pardon powers to vacate convictions for conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza, George W. Bush administration official Scooter Libby, and former Maricopa County Sheriff and current GOP senatorial candidate from Arizona Joe Arpaio.
He’s also commuted sentences for two others, including Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who was sentenced to many years behind bars for a one-time non-drug offense.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian arranged for Johnson’s commutation after bringing the injustice to Trump’s attention.
And now he’s used it to correct another injustice: He’s issued full pardons to Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son, Steven, 49, after they were unjustly returned to prison for a bogus terrorism charge.
As Natural News reported, the Hammonds “were convicted in 2012 under a federal anti-terrorism statute, of committing arson on federal land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. Both were charged in connection with a 2001 fire, and Steven in connection with another fire in 2006. Though the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 calls for a minimum sentence of five years in prison, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan – now retired – gave them lighter sentences because he did not believe they had exhibited malicious intent.”
Prosecutors appealed Hogan’s sentence of three months for Dwight and one year for Steven – which both had already served. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with federal prosecutors who said those sentences were far short of the required minimum. They were ordered resentenced in October 2015. They reported back to prison in January 2016.
The reincarceration of the Hammonds spurred an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. That takeover was led by Ammon Bundy, 42, of Nevada, in January 2016, shortly before the Hammonds reported back to prison. An armed standoff ensued between Ammon’s group and federal law enforcement.
“The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” the White House said, as reported by The Daily Caller.
“The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.”
Protect the Harvest, an agricultural advocacy group, had been lobbying the Trump administration to pardon the Hammonds and/or commute their sentences. The group said forcing them to go back to prison was a travesty of justice.
“I’ve had attorneys tell me this is the most malicious prosecution they’ve ever seen,” said PTH national strategy planner Dave Duquette, in a June interview with The Daily Caller.
“The travesty is what they were tried under. Not whether they started a fire. They admitted to starting the fires,” he said.
But now, travesty reversed, thanks to President Justice, Donald Trump.
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