President Donald Trump has granted two full pardons for Oregon cattle rancher Dwight Hammond, Jr. and his son, Steven Hammond. In 2012, the Hammonds were convicted of arson for fires that burned a portion public grazing lands in 2001 and 2006. A White House statement says “the evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council praised President Trump’s pardon of the ranchers.
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