June 26, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 107 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
PARDON STEVEN AND DWIGHT HAMMOND; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 107
(House of Representatives - June 26, 2018)
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[Page H5666] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PARDON STEVEN AND DWIGHT HAMMOND (Mr. WALDEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. WALDEN. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to raise an issue that would ``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 5 years in prison. Judge Hogan looked at the case and he said: That is not right. It would ``shock the conscience.'' This Friday, the younger of those two ranchers will mark his fourth year in prison for starting a fire--by the way, fire on the range, high desert, is a management tool. They were using it for that purpose. They were tried. They were convicted. They never should have been sentenced to this. The Obama administration came back and resentenced them to 5 years for 139 acres. We burn hundreds of thousands of acres every year. The government starts fires that burn onto private land. 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 is time for real justice, and President Trump can administer that. ____________________