Persecuted or Prosecuted?

Dwight and Steven Hammond

John R. Houk

© January 5, 2016

Tony Newbill finds some information about the unjust prosecution and persecution of Dwight Hammond and his son Steven Hammond for an idiotic arson charge. It’s idiotic because they already served time for something that other ranchers in Oregon do including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), but a Federal Prosecutor felt they weren’t punished enough and took them to Federal Court got a conviction based largely on a disgruntled younger Hammond (Dusty) whose own testimony was found questionable by the original Judge.

Here’s the irony. The Hammonds father and son were convicted twice for the same crime and so-far are serving time for the second conviction. Ranchers largely from throughout the Western States have become infuriated by this government treatment that many of them have experienced to some degree. Hence enters MSM described Right Wing militias coming to Oregon organized largely by Ammon Bundy to show solidarity with the Hammond family.

As of this posting these disgruntled ranchers – some media outlets calling them terrorists – have occupied a then unused Malheur National Wildlife Refuge owned by Federal government. The Refuge is near a tiny Oregon town called Burns. (Evidently the Burns residence are a bit miffed with the rancher/militiamen because it has disrupted the town’s daily life with Federal agents shutting everything down. Apparently they’re miffed with the Ranchers but supportive of the Hammonds.)

Dwight and Steven turned themselves over to the Federal Prison to serve their second of convictions. The thing is the convictions occurred based almost solely on the testimony of Dusty Hammond – now in his early twenties – who participated in the grass fires with his Grandfather and Uncle – but then was of the age of thirteen.

Most of the Leftist MSM are calling the Hammonds terrorists but most of their venom is based on police reports about a then sixteen year old Dusty who experienced strong discipline from Gramps and Uncle. The MSM calls it child abuse as if Dusty was a poor little single digit kid. My God! He was a disturbed 16 year old that was beyond a time-out to affect any child-like lessons. Here is one Leftist website report on the “child abuse”:

Child Abuse

D.H. also testified that, after the first fire, “Dwight told me to keep my mouth shut, that nobody needed to know about the fire, and they didn’t need to know anything about it.” According to D.H., Steven, who was sitting next to Dwight at the time, added that his nephew should “keep [his] mouth shut.” D.H. said that he complied with these instructions because he was “afraid of Steven and Susie [D.H’s grandmother, Dwight’s wife].”

D.H. appears to have had good reason to fear his family. In 2004, D.H. told a sheriff’s deputy about several times that he says he was abused. In one incident, Steven allegedly punched D.H. hard enough to knock him to the ground and “took [D.H.’s] face and rubbed it into the gravel” during an argument over how D.H. was performing his chores. In another incident, after D.H. was cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol, Steven allegedly punished D.H. by driving him ten miles from the family ranch and then making him walk home. In a third incident, after D.H. was cited as a minor in possession of tobacco, Steven allegedly “made him eat two (2) cans of Skoal Smokeless Tobacco and then again walk from Diamond, Oregon to the Hammond Ranch.”

A fourth incident is particularly striking, however. D.H., who reportedly has been diagnosed with depression, used a paper clip to carve the letter “J” into one side of his chest and the letter “S” onto the other side. In response, Steven allegedly “told him that he was not going to let [D.H.] deface the family by carving on himself.” D.H. said that Steven then used sandpaper to remove the carved letters from D.H.’s chest — sanding each side for at least five minutes. Steven also allegedly told D.H. that “he would filet the initials off” his chest if the sandpaper did not work. (Meet The Child-Abusing Arsonists That Inspired The Oregon Militia Standoff; By IAN MILLHISER; Think Progress; 1/4/16 2:02 PM)


By the way, when you see the word “Progress” or “Progressive,” YOU know it really means LEFTIST (i.e. intentionally or un intentionally Marxist-loving ideologues who desire some kind of utopia in which humanity are forced to accept what the State tells them is culturally acceptable or unacceptable).

Think Progress leads one to believe that 16 year old Dusty Hammond was an abused little boy. Frankly the only thing I have a problem with is the so-called rubbing the face in the gravel. On a personal level I KNOW teenagers tend to exaggerate their treatment by those in authority over them especially if it makes the authority figure look bad and the teenager look mistreated. Think Progress fails to notify its readers that even though the police were contacted (hence the police report) NO arrest occurred and NO conviction for “child abuse” occurred.

Then there is the Judge in the original Federal Court case who isn’t quite sure that the testimony given by Dusty Hammond was trustworthy to use as a key witness against his Grandfather and Uncle:

I think that, to have a full understanding of everything that happened, you probably needed to sit through the trial. But here is my impression based on what I have read. The father and the son admitted setting the fires. In one case, there was a dispute about whether they were trying to cover up illegal hunting. The government’s position was based on a relative, Dusty Hammond, who apparently had had a falling out with the Hammonds (more about that below) and was 13 years old when the events happened. Apparently aspects of his testimony were at odds with some public hunting records. The judge seemed to think that witness was trying to tell the truth, but might have gotten some things wrong due to age and bias.

The judge also seemed to believe that the Hammonds were people of good character and not bad people, saying during the sentencing:

With regard to character letters and that sort of thing, they were tremendous. These are people who have been a salt in their community and liked, and I appreciate that.

The prosecutor also said that “both have done wonderful things for their community and those deeds are recognized in these letters.” He also alluded to “Dusty Hammond’s abuse at the hands of Steven Hammond.” The judge said about that: “There was, frankly, an incident, apparently it was removal of tattoos, that would have colored any young person’s thinking, and if that’s what happened, it can’t be defended, of course, but that’s not what’s before the court today.” Putting two and two together, the son apparently took some kind of violent action to remove Dusty Hammond’s tattoos, and Dusty Hammond did not like the son as a result.

As to the father Dwight Hammond’s single arson conviction, the judge said:

Well, the damage was juniper trees and sagebrush, and there might have been a hundred dollars, but it doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t affect the guidelines, and I am not sure how much sagebrush a hundred dollars worth is. But I think this probably will be — I think mother nature’s probably taken care of any injury. (What Are the Bundys Protesting? By Patterico; Patterico’s Pontifications; 1/3/16 3:27 pm)

With my addition in mind, below are the Tony Newbill emails compiled highlighting the Hammonds family and Ammon Bundy’s rancher/militia he calls Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.

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Posted January 5, 2016

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Sat 1/2/2016 8:58 AM

Please read this on the Hammonds as they go back to jail today on a double jeopardy change which is unconstitutional by itself.

Now what kind of criminals will the rest of us ranchers become with Water rights that the WOTUS Bureaucrats want to take control of?

Facts & Event – Hammond Family

Facts & Events

(aa) The Harney Basin (were the Hammond ranch is established) was settled in the 1870’s. The valley was settled by multiple ranchers and was known to have run over 300,000 head of cattle. These ranchers developed a state of the art irrigated system to water the meadows, and it soon became a favorite stopping place for migrating birds on their annual trek north.

(ab) In 1908 President Theodor Roosevelt, in a political scheme, create an “Indian reservation” around the Malheur, Mud & Harney Lakes and declared it “as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds”. Later this “Indian reservation” (without Indians) became the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

(a) In 1964 the Hammonds purchased their ranch in the Harney Basin. The purchase included approximately 6000 acres of private property, 4 grazing rights on public land, a small ranch house and 3 water rights. The ranch is around 53 miles South of Burns, Oregon.

(a1) By the 1970’s nearly all the ranches adjacent to the Blitzen Valley were purchased by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and added to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge covers over 187,000 acres and stretches over 45 miles long and 37 miles wide. The expansion of the refuge grew and surrounds to the Hammond’s ranch. Being approached many times by the FWS, the Hammonds refused to sell. Other ranchers also choose not to sell.

(a2) During the 1970’s the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), took a different approach to get the ranchers to sell. Ranchers were told that, “grazing was detrimental to wildlife and must be reduced”. 32 out of 53 permits were revoked and many ranchers were forced to leave. Grazing fees were raised significantly for those who were allowed to remain. Refuge personnel took over the irrigation system claiming it as their own.

(a3) By 1980 a conflict was well on its way over water allocations on the adjacent privately owned Silvies Plain. The FWS wanted to acquire the ranch lands on the Silvies Plain to add to their already vast holdings. Refuge personnel intentional diverted the water to bypassing the vast meadowlands, directing the water into the rising Malheur Lakes. Within a few short years the surface area of the lakes doubled. Thirty-one ranches on the Silvies plains were flooded. Homes, corrals, barns and graze-land were washed away and destroyed. The ranchers that once fought to keep the FWS from taking their land, now broke and destroyed, begged the FWS to acquire their useless ranches. In 1989 the waters began to recede and now the once thriving privately owned Silvies pains are a proud part of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge claimed by the FWS.

(a4) By the 1990’s the Hammonds were one of the very few ranchers that still owned private property adjacent to the refuge. Susie Hammond in an effort to make sense of what was going on began compiling fact about the refuge. In a hidden public record she found a study that was done by the FWS in 1975. The study showed that the “no use” policies of the FWS on the refuge were causing the wildlife to leave the refuge and move to private property. The study showed that the private property adjacent to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge produced 4 times more ducks and geese than the refuge did. It also showed that the migrating birds were 13 times more likely to land on private property than on the refuge. When Susie brought this to READ THE REST (Facts & Event – Hammond Family; Holding Block; 12/27/15)


Mon 1/4/2016 12:30 PM

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Mon 1/4/2016 1:54 PM

Because of this

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[Blog Editor: Below is a revised version of a Martin Niemöller sermon that in English begins, “When the Nazis came for the communists [or depending on the English variation “socialists”], I remained silent”. Martin Niemoller was put in a Nazi Concentration Camp shortly after his arrest in 1937.]

First they came for the individual property rights owner, and I did not speak out — Because I was getting a government subsidized life of some kind that the US National Debt portrays.

Then they came for the private business and real estate, and I did not speak out — Because I was getting a government subsidized life of some kind that the US National Debt portrays.

Then they came for the citizens who spoke out against the Tyrannical Government actions against the will of the private citizenry, and I did not speak out — Because I was getting a government subsidized life of some kind that the US National Debt portrays.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


1/4/2016 9:58 PM

Antiquities act that Obama is getting ready to enact on Jan 16

There is a rancher that has went to the wildlife center and is talking about his ranch being put out of business by the antiquities act that Obama is getting ready to enact on Jan 16.

Check this out Bundy talking to this rancher about what’s going on today!!!!!!!!


[Blog Editor: Evidently Facebook doesn’t have an embed code or I’d make the video available. You’ll have to go the Facebook page for Bundy Ranch to watch the info about government abuse toward the Hammond father and son unjustly found guilty of the very same actions the BLM does. The Facebook video of Ammon Bundy talking of the Hammonds is dated January 3. Below is a Youtube video posted on the Pete Santilli Show of Ammon Bundy spelling out the absolute persecution of the Federal DOJ continuing an unnecessary prosecution and persecution of the Hammands – dated December 30. 2015]


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Mon 1/4/2016 10:20 PM

I Love the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SALEM, Ore., (01/04/2016) – Today, January 4, 2016 Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond have left their homes to report to a federal prison. Both ranchers are faithful, long term Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members. Many have asked where the association stands on the Hammond’s predicament.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has declared that they do not support illegal activity taken against the government but has, and will continue, to support the Hammonds via avenues that are in accordance with the law.

John O’Keeffe, current president of the OCA, said the ranchers in Burns strive to work together with surrounding agencies. “The community of Burns and the ranchers there have been very resourceful in working together with agencies on many wildlife issues,” he said. “Furthermore, OCA does not support illegal activity taken against the government. This includes militia takeover of government

OCA’s Executive Director, Jerome Rosa, pointed out that the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has supported the Hammonds for some time and does not agree with their current re-sentencing. “OCA feels the Hammond’s situation is a classic case of double jeopardy. The Hammonds were tried and convicted by a jury of their peers and have already served their sentence,” Rosa said.

Although the Hammonds have already been sentenced to additional prison time, OCA is READ THE REST (BURNS, THE HAMMONDS AND OREGON CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION; By Kayli Hanley; Oregon Cattlemen’s Association; 1/4/16)


1/4/2016 10:36 PM

Unbelievable about the Hammonds and the US District Attorney that prosecuted them……


[Blog Editor: Usually I only post an excerpt of the links Tony Newbill sends; however this Conservative Tree House post demonstrably shows just how illicit an Obama Administration led DOJ truly is. At the very end there are some Scribd and photocopied documents that I will not post here. I encourage to go the website to take a gander at those documents.]

UNBELIEVABLE Update – Oregon “Bundy Militia” Standoff – The U.S. Attorney At The Heart of The Hammond Family Problem…

Posted by sundance

January 4, 20016

Conservative Tree House

The media are focused on the “Bundy Militia” angle to the standoff in Burns Oregon, where Aamon Bundy and brothers have taken over a Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters to draw attention to the plight of the Hammond family (Full Complex Back Story Here).

However, a little research (HatTip NeverTooLate) into the original legal battle reveals a rather startling update.

The initial, and regarded by many as overreaching, federal prosecution resulted in a federal court judge Michael Hogan assigning a 3-month sentence and 1-year sentence for Dwight Lincoln Hammond Jr (73) and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond (46) respectively.

Even federal Judge Hogan stated the prosecution under “terrorism statutes” itself was an overreach and he refused to assign ridiculously high sentences for behavior that almost every rancher has conducted for generations.

Those sentences were fulfilled by the father an[d] son duo in 2013 with Steven Hammond exiting prison in January 2014. However, it was a decision by the U.S Attorney for the State of Oregon, Amanda Marshall, who called for an appeal to the original sentencing:

Amanda Marshall Stalker Photo

“Amanda Marshall: Former U.S. Attorney for Oregon. Marshall recommended that the federal government challenge the Hammonds’ original prison sentences. By law, the convictions come with mandatory five-year sentences, but U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan in 2012 balked at the punishment and instead sentenced Dwight Hammond to three months and Steven Hammond to one year.

Marshall called Hogan’s punishments “unlawful.” The solicitor general authorized a rare appeal of an Oregon judge’s order. The appeals court sided with the prosecution, and the Hammonds returned to federal court last year to face a second sentencing. At that hearing, U.S. Chief District Judge Ann Aiken ordered the pair to finish five-year terms.” (link)

So what would prompt U.S. Attorney for the State of Oregon Ms. Amanda Marshall to file such a “rare” appeal? And, what motivation might lay behind her intentions?

A review of Amanda Marshall reveals some rather disturbing facts.

First, she was an Obama appointee. A very left-wing activist appointee who took office October 7th 2011. Marshall had no experience at all as a federal prosecutor before being given the job as a U.S. Attorney for Oregon.

Marshall was plucked from a child advocacy legal job inside the Oregon Department of Justice. [Pay attention to this little “child advocacy aspect” because it might play a larger role later on.] Before that, she served as a deputy district attorney in Coos County. Why? Apparently it was because the White House wanted a woman for the job.

She lived in a commune and her life-history, all the way back to a childhood with an activist mom, is a representative story of how a liberal moonbat is created:

[2012] Marshall’s a bit of an outsider — having no prior experience in the federal system — and they know little about her.

So it may surprise them to learn Marshall spent part of her childhood in a commune, watched a Super Bowl at Grace Slick’s house, hung out backstage at Grateful Dead concerts, sang and danced for years in a small-town community theater and — as a young prosecutor in Coos County — carried a 9 mm pistol to crime scenes because, as she recently noted, “That’s how we rolled in the Coos.”

Marshall, 42, would be the first to acknowledge — with all deference to the Grateful Dead — that hers has been a long, strange trip indeed.

The past two years alone, as she ascended from a little-known supervisor in the child advocacy section of the Oregon Department of Justice to a corner office in the venerable Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, was a grinding, sometimes demoralizing affair with a dash of political controversy. (read more)

You really have to read the whole story, including her sisters arrest on drug charges, her estranged family and how her own daughter views her as eccentric to get the full scope of the person who was in charge of a “Childs Advocacy Section” and then later became U.S. Attorney for the state of Oregon. You really have to read it all.

But wait, it gets better.

After winning the sentencing appeal – In May of 2015 activist Amanda Marshall stepped down from her job as U.S. Attorney for Oregon, citing “health concerns”.

A very strange sketchy exit to use the reasoning “Health Concerns” because she was under internal (Office of Inspector General) investigation of her for “stalking” a co-worker U.S. Attorney Scott Kerin:

[2015] The prosecutor that U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall is accused of stalking was at the time under 24-hour-a-day armed protective guard because of a contract Mexican drug dealers placed on his life.

That news adds a bizarre turn in a situation that appears to have cost Marshall, the top federal prosecutor in Oregon, her job.

Sources familiar with the situation tell WW Marshall’s subordinate, Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Kerin, filed a hostile workplace environment complaint against Marshall after receiving numerous unwanted text and email messages from her, and after she followed him outside working hours.

At the time, federal agents were protecting Kerin against a credible threat on his life. Such precautions are rare, according to people familiar with the U.S. attorney’s office. Kerin’s wife, Michelle, is also a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office. (read more)

You just can’t make this stuff up folks.

[Another Article] Marshall fell under an internal review in March 2015 by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General for what has been described as erratic behavior involving a subordinate. Sources told The Oregonian/OregonLive that she had constantly texted and emailed Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott M. Kerin, at one point admonishing him for spending too much time with a woman who was not his wife. (link)

And another article highlighting the instability of Amanda Marshall:

[2015] The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a possible inappropriate relationship between Amanda Marshall, the U.S. Attorney in Oregon, and a subordinate in her office. Marshall announced Thursday that she was taking a leave of absence for health reasons.

Investigators from the Office of the Inspector General are looking into the relationship of Marshall and assistant U.S. Attorney Scott M. Kerin. Investigators were inside the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland for the last two weeks.

The exact nature of the relationship between Marshall and Kerin is unclear.

Multiple sources told The Oregonian/OregonLive that Kerin tried to break off that relationship. They said he grew concerned enough at Marshall’s reaction that he reported it to his Justice Department superiors.

Marshall was reportedly driving by his home and sending multiple texts, including several she sent telling him she knew what he was doing at the time.

[…] This is a crucial time in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Oregon, which investigates and prosecutes federal crimes. The office is leading a sweeping influence-peddling investigation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his companion, Cylvia Hayes.

Marshall was the surprise choice to replace interim U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton in 2010. She had no experience as a federal prosecutor. Rather, she was plucked from a child advocacy legal job inside the Oregon Department of Justice. Before that, she served as a deputy district attorney in Coos County. (read more)

Now here is where an actual boots-on-the-ground reporter is needed. You might remember from the full story of the Hammonds a part about a disturbed grandson/nephew Dusty Hammond being called to testify against them:

(o) Federal attorneys, Frank Papagni, hunted down a witness who was not mentally capable to be credible. Dusty Hammond (grandson and nephew) testified that Steven told him to start a fire. He was 13-years-old at the time, and 24-years-old when he testified (11 years later).

At 24 Dusty had been suffering with mental problems for many years. He had estranged his family including his mother. Judge Hogan noted that Dusty’s memories as a 13-year-old boy were not clear or credible.

However, Judge Hogan allowed the prosecution to continually use Dusty’s testimony. When speaking to the Hammonds about this testimony, they understood Dusty was manipulated and expressed nothing but love for their troubled grandson. (more)

Given the nature of Amanda Marshall’s prior job in Child’s Legal Advocacy, and given the facts of Dusty Hammond having prior issues and welfare, what are the odds that U.S. Attorney Marshall carried some additional intentions with her as she took office and made the decision to appeal the earlier-served sentences and push for more punishment?

Scroll to end of post at Conservative Tree House to view the documents.


1/5/2016 12:52 AM

Here’s another rancher at the wildlife refuge talking about the Canyons Monument act.

[Blog Editor: The above link is another Bundy Ranch Facebook video about the situation the Hammond family is experiencing dated 1/4/16 9:57 AM]


Persecuted or Prosecuted?

John R. Houk

© January 5, 2016


Tony Newbill Conspiracy Emails

Edited by John R. Houk

Links and text embraced by brackets are by the Editor.

Compiled by Tony Newbill