Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden urges President Trump to pardon Dwight and Steven Hammond

June 28, 2018
Press Release

Greg Walden urges President Trump to pardon Dwight and Steven Hammond

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- During a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) urged President Trump to pardon Dwight and Steven Hammond of Harney County. A full transcript of Walden’s remarks is included below:

“Today I rise and raise an issue that would, quote, ‘shock the conscience’. Those are not my words, those are the words of a distinguished federal judge when he refused to sentence two ranchers in my district to five years in prison. This Friday, the youngest of those two ranchers will mark his fourth year in prison for starting a fire. By the way, fire on the range is a management tool, and they were using it for that purpose,” said Walden.

"They were tried. They got convicted. But they never should have been sentenced to this,” continued Walden. “The Obama Administration came back and resentenced them to five years for 139 acres. We burn hundreds of thousands of acres every year. The government starts fires that burn onto private land and nothing seems to happen. It is time for the President to review this situation and to grant a pardon to Steven and Dwight Hammond -- pull them back together with their families. They have served long enough. This is an issue that shocks the conscience. It’s time for real justice, and President Trump can administer that.”

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