Tuesday, 10 July 2018
quote [ President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.
Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. The arson crime carried a minimum prison sentence of five years, but a sympathetic federal judge... decided the penalty was too stiff and gave the father and son much lighter prison terms.
Prosecutors won an appeal and the Hammonds were resentenced in October 2015 to serve the mandatory minimum.
The decision sparked a protest from Ammon Bundy and dozens of others, who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge... from Jan. 2 to Feb. 11, 2016, . ]
Trump starts assembling his private army of loyal militias.
With more detail, and more vitriol:
To the cheers of right-wing militias, Trump issues pardon to child-abusers, serial arsonists
Hugh E. said @ 9:28pm GMT on 10th Jul
Fish said @ 3:03am GMT on 11th Jul