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  • The Hammond Sentence

    by Representative Doug LaMalfa

    Posted on 2016-01-05

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    LaMALFA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. LaMALFA. Mr. Speaker, this week a father and son reported to serve again an additional up to 4 years in Federal prison. Their crime? Setting preventative fires on their own property that accidentally spread to Federal lands.

    The Hammonds, family farmers from Oregon, had already served time in Federal prison: Dwight 3 months, Steven a year. However, that wasn't good enough for U.S. Attorney Billy Williams, who used taxpayer dollars to appeal the Hammonds' original sentence and urged the Ninth Circuit to impose harsher penalties, over the judge's objection, who had recommended in his vision much less harsh penalties for the crime in question.

    Mr. Speaker, the question isn't whether or not the Hammonds started these fires. They admit they did. The question is whether the U.S. attorney and his administration are prosecuting real criminals or pursuing a political agenda. Mr. Speaker, when a 74-year-old man and a 45-year-old father of three are forced to return to prison when they have already served time and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for a nonviolent, unintentional crime, the answer couldn't be more clear whether this is political or not.


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