The Latest: Lawsuit considered for pardoned ranchers

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, a sign shows support for the Dwight and Steven Hammond in Burns, Ore. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, pardoned the two cattle ranchers convicted of arson in a case that 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. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)
FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, rancher Dwight Hammond Jr. greets protesters outside his home in Burns, Ore. President Donald Trump has pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. The Hammonds were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. (Les Zaitz/The Oregonian via AP, File)
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2016, file photo,, members of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters stand guard near Burns, Ore. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 pardoned two cattle ranchers convicted of arson in a case that case sparked the armed occupation of the national wildlife refuge in Oregon. Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands.. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)
FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, rancher Dwight Hammond Jr. greets protesters outside his home in Burns, Ore. President Donald Trump has pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. The Hammonds were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. (Les Zaitz/The Oregonian via AP, File)

SALEM, Ore. — The Latest on President Donald Trump pardoning two Oregon cattle ranchers convicted of arson (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

The attorney for the Oregon ranching family that had two of its members sent to prison for arson and were pardoned by President Donald Trump says he is considering going to court to get their grazing rights restored.

Lawyer Morgan Philpot said in a telephone interview Wednesday that his firm is exploring potential civil lawsuits on behalf of the family to make sure they have their rights over land restored to them.

A news conference with family members outside of the eastern Oregon town of Burns was canceled when they came across a roadblock for a wide-load vehicle on a highway. Philpot said the family has gone through a lot and was tired, and went home.

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11:45 a.m.

A father and son pardoned by President Donald Trump after being convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon flew home after being released from custody.

They were greeted in Burns by family members, journalists and riders on horseback carrying American flags.

Steven Hammond gave thanks Wednesday to Trump and the many people who wrote to him and his father Dwight Hammond while they were in prison.

The sentencing of the men to mandatory five-year-minimum terms became a rallying cry for those who oppose federal control of public lands.

Others said they committed serious crimes and worried that the pardons might prompt other actions involving public lands.

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11:20 p.m.

A father and son convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon and pardoned by President Donald Trump are seen as rugged individualists to some and dangerous arsonists to others.

The sentencing of Dwight and Steven Hammond to mandatory five-year-minimum terms became a rallying cry for those who oppose federal control of public lands.

Others said they committed serious crimes and worried that the pardons might prompt other actions involving public lands.

Their case led other ranchers to launch an armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in rural Oregon for 41 days in 2016.

The Hammonds were released Tuesday.

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