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Discussion in 'Illegal Immigration Issues' started by Stevec, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. Stevec

    Stevec New Member

    Re: sign the petition demanding the President pardon these agents

  2. justanotherparatrooper

    justanotherparatrooper Pissin' in liberals cheerio's for 40 years :) Staff Member

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    What crap!!!
  3. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    From Americas Most Wanted

    Border Injustice
    Last Saturday night, former U.S. Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos was asleep in his cell at a federal pen in Mississippi. While he slept, other inmates were watching America's Most Wanted — and unbeknownst to Ramos, one of the stories was about him. Even though he's behind bars, AMW profiled him as one of the good guys. He's serving time for something a federal prosecutor called a crime, but AMW host John Walsh believes was actually an act of heroism: trying to stop an accused drug dealer from entering the country illegally. Ramos says he thought the man had a gun, and that his life was in danger when he opened fire at the man, apparently wounding him. A group of illegal immigrants serving time in the same prison learned Ramos' identity that night, and viciously beat him, his family says. He suffered wounds to his arms, back and head. But thankfully, he survived the attack, the latest tragic twist in this controversial case. AMW Correspondent Jon Leiberman has been investigating, and has learned about yet another case where a law officer working near the U.S.-Mexico border has been charged with a crime after he says he tried to protect himself in an encounter with illegals. Look for Jon's story on AMW later this month – and look for the latest updates at AMW.COM.

  4. dcs2244

    dcs2244 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: sign the petition demanding the President pardon these agents

    Well, apparently being "hispanic" just doesn't cut it in PC land as a minority here in Amerika...apparently being an "ILLEGAL HISPANIC IMMIGRANT" trumps being a legal hispanic-american citizen.

    George BUSH sucks, and so does this arrogant, un-american federal prosecutor (read: shyster). For those of you Bushie "running dogs", he is why this is happening. He is no friend to the constitution or cops. I find it very strange that a sitting president refuses to protect our sovereignty.

    Stand by for "one world government". We voted for it.:evil:
  5. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    2 Arrested During Support March Of Border Agents

    (CBS) HOLLYWOOD Two people were arrested during a clash at a march in Hollywood held in support of two U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting an alleged drug smuggler near the Mexican border in Texas.

    Police separated about 200 demonstrators and counter-protesters, according to Los Angeles police Officer James Jensen. He did not know which side of the protest the arrested people came from.

    Jose Alonso Compean, 30, and Ignacio Ramos, 35, both of El Paso, Texas, were convicted with assault with a deadly weapon and other counts in the shooting of Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila.

    Aldrete-Davila was allegedly trying to smuggle about 750 pounds of marijuana across the border in a van on Feb. 17, 2005 when he was spotted by one of the agents. As he ran back across the border, he was shot in the buttocks.

    No weapon was found at the scene and Aldrete-Davila was not caught at the time
  6. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Imprisoned Border Patrol Agents

    Wednesday, February 14, 2007

    This is a partial transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," February 13, 2007, that has been edited for clarity.
    Watch "The O'Reilly Factor" weeknights at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET and listen to the "Radio Factor!"

    BILL O'REILLY, HOST: In the "Impact" segment tonight, as you know, two border patrol agents were convicted of felonies in connection with shooting an illegal alien dope dealer near the Texas border. One of the men, Ignacio Ramos, has now been beaten in a Mississippi prison. The Border Patrol falls under the authority of Homeland Security.
    And joining us now from Washington, the chief of that agency, Michael Chertoff.
    Can you do anything to protect these two agents?
    MICHAEL CHERTOFF, HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: You know, Bill, these two agents were charged. They were convicted by a Texas jury. They obviously still have their appeals ahead of them.
    Right now, I think the Bureau of Prisons, which is not in my department, has to take the steps to at least offer them the opportunity to go into protective custody. They may or may not choose to do that. But that's the normal way we protect people who are law enforcement agents, who are convicted and sent to prison.
    O'REILLY: OK. But obviously, this hasn't worked because the BOP has not done it. The warden, Constance Reese in Yazoo City, didn't protect Mr. Ramos.
    And I'm just telling you that somebody in the Bush administration's got to protect these guys. If God forbid one of them dies, I'm telling you, Mr. Secretary...
    CHERTOFF: Bill, listen...
    O'REILLY:'s going to be an — it's already a scandal. It's brewing on an enormous scandal.

    Full Story:,2933,251947,00.html
  7. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Texas deputy who shot at fleeing illegal immigrants gets prison

    DEL RIO, Texas — A federal judge sentenced Edwards County Sheriff's Deputy Guillermo F. Hernandez to prison instead of probation Monday, crushing the hopes of his family and more than 100 supporters from his hometown waiting outside the courthouse to welcome him home.
    Visiting U.S. District Judge Robert T. Dawson sentenced Hernandez, known as Gilmer, to a year and a day in prison for shooting at a fleeing vehicle that was transporting undocumented immigrants through his hometown of Rocksprings nearly two years ago.
    Hernandez's case gained nationwide attention after a jury convicted him Dec. 1 of violating the civil rights of one of the passengers, who suffered minor facial injuries in the shooting.
    "He was just doing his job," said his wife, Ashley, who broke down in tears following the judge's order. "Gilmer had faith in the law and they still do this."
    Supporters waited two hours outside the federal courthouse here to learn Hernandez's fate. They had traveled 80 miles from Rocksprings, population 1,250, carrying signs saying, "Please Let Gilmer Come Home," "Protect Our Lawmen," and "Free Gilmer." The 25-year-old former deputy has been held without bail.
    Defense attorney Jimmy Parks Jr. said although Dawson denied pleas for probation, the judge did deviate from federal sentencing guidelines that made the former deputy eligible for up to nine years in prison.
    Parks said he plans to appeal, arguing Hernandez is innocent because he didn't intend to hurt anyone when he shot at the fleeing Chevrolet Suburban.
    "We're disappointed that the court did not impose probation," said Paul Kamenar, senior executive counsel for the Washington Legal Foundation, which filed a brief late last week in support of Hernandez. "But we're glad that the court rejected the government's draconian recommendation that he serve approximately six years in prison."
    Kamenar said the sentence is just another "bad message" federal prosecutors are sending to the local law enforcement community in South Texas.
    He said many are still upset with U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's office for prosecuting U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean for shooting a drug-smuggling suspect in the buttocks as he attempted to escape.

    Information From: The Houston Chronicle
  8. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Man shot by agents appears in court

    Associated Press Writer

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- An admitted Mexican drug smuggler shot by a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents who were convicted in the shooting made his first appearance on marijuana charges Friday in federal court.
    Handcuffed and wearing a bulletproof vest, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila was escorted to the federal courthouse Friday by two U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents. He declined to speak with reporters as he walked the short distance from the jail and did not speak in court except to acknowledge that he understood the charges.
    Aldrete, who was shot in the buttocks in February 2005 while fleeing from the agents, was arrested Thursday at the El Paso border crossing and is charged with smuggling marijuana into the United States in September and October of that year.
    The agents, Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos, were convicted last year of shooting Aldrete and lying about it. Both were sentenced to more than a decade in prison. They have appealed.
    Aldrete, who acknowledged smuggling drugs the day he was shot, was given immunity for the first smuggling attempt to testify against the agents.
    The convictions of Ramos and Compean caused a national firestorm among conservative lawmakers and others. Critics have repeatedly called the prosecution unjustified and the sentences extreme.
    Aldrete was indicted in October on charges of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, conspiracy to import a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The indictment was unsealed Thursday after his arrest. He is being held without bond.
    If convicted of the most serious charges, Aldrete faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2 million. He is to return to court Wednesday for a bond hearing.
    U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Mesa said court records showed Aldrete has hired a lawyer, though none was present during Friday's brief hearing.
  9. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Appeal Heard in Border Agents' Shooting

    Associated Press Writer

    Federal prosecutors appear to have "overreacted" in their pursuit of a case against two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a fleeing drug suspect and hiding evidence, one of three judges considering an appeal said Monday.
    Jose Alonso Compean is serving 12 years in prison and Ignacio Ramos 11 years for assault, obstruction of justice and civil rights violations in the wounding of Osvaldo Aldrete Davila on the border near El Paso, Texas, in 2005. The agents want the convictions thrown out; they claim the shooting was a case of self-defense but acknowledge not reporting the incident.
    If the agents had reported the shooting as required, "this prosecution never would have occurred, in all likelihood," said Judge E. Grady Jolly, part of the three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing the case.
    Noting the severity of the charges and the lengthy sentences prosecutors sought, Jolly said, "It does seem to me like the government overreacted here."
    Conservative lawmakers and other critics have called the prosecution unjustified and the sentences extreme. They note that Aldrete was given immunity from prosecution for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs the day he was shot, and that jurors weren't allowed to hear allegations that he smuggled marijuana into the United States several months after the shooting.
    Aldrete was arrested last month following an October indictment on various drug charges.
    Another member of the 5th Circuit panel, Judge Patrick Higginbotham, said evidence that Aldrete made multiple attempts to smuggle drugs across the border "strikes me as very relevant."
    The judges didn't indicate when they will rule on the appeals, but Compean's lawyer, Bob Baskett, said he was encouraged.
    "They certainly were aware of the significant issues in the case," Baskett said after Monday's hearing.
    Ramos' attorney, David Botsford, said he didn't read anything into the judges' remarks.
    "The court is going to follow the law," he said outside the New Orleans courthouse.
    U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton said in a written statement following the hearing that he expects the appeals court to "resolve the disputed legal issues in accordance with the rule of law."
    "Some in the media and on the Internet have tried to portray agents Compean and Ramos as heroes, but that narrative is false," Sutton said. "The actions of Compean and Ramos in shooting an unarmed, fleeing suspect, destroying evidence, and engaging in a cover-up, are serious crimes."
    During his trial, Compean testified that he shot in self-defense after seeing what he believed to be a gun in Aldrete's hand. Ramos said he fired in defense of Compean. Aldrete denied having a gun.
    Baskett said the trial judge, U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone, failed to properly instruct jurors on the legal principles governing the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers.
    Botsford said Cardone should have allowed jurors in the trial in El Paso to hear evidence that Aldrete was "not a (drug) mule, a simple one-time (border) crosser."
    "He basically left a false impression for that jury," Botsford said of Aldrete.
    Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Stelmach acknowledged in court Monday that Aldrete told "some lies" to investigators, but said jurors rejected the agents' argument that they acted in self-defense.
    The agents' wives and several Border Control agents attended Monday's hearing.
    "I'm still very guarded about it, because you never know what to expect," said Ramos' wife, Monica.
    Compean's wife, Claudia, said the judges' remarks gave her a "little hope."

    [​IMG]Wire Service
  10. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    This is pure bullshit

    Texas border agents' convictions upheld

    By Graeme Zielinski
    The San Antonio Express-News

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A panel of federal appellate judges on Monday affirmed the convictions and lengthy sentences handed to two Border Patrol agents who in 2005 shot an unarmed and fleeing dope dealer then engaged in a cover-up to hide their crimes.
    Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, whose names since have become embedded in the broader and often acrimonious debate about illegal immigration from over the Mexican border, were convicted by a federal jury in 2006 and were sentenced to 11 and 12 years, respectively, for shooting Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, a Mexican national.
    Ramos and Compean, currently in federal prison, had hinged their appeal in part on their argument that they weren't allowed to introduce damaging information about Aldrete, who since has been convicted of smuggling drugs even after he was shot near El Paso.
    He's been jailed awaiting sentencing Aug. 6.
    The appeal for the border agents was argued before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last December, and Monday's order did vacate some of the convictions, such as tampering with an official proceeding.
    "However, this may not be of much moment to Ramos and Compean because we leave the major conviction with the major sentence ... untouched," the opinion said.
    If the order stands, the two would still serve at least 10 years.
    The panel found that the jury properly heard the evidence against the pair and that everything was conducted fairly.
    "The government's evidence, if believed, is sufficient to uphold the convictions. And that is pretty close to the bottom line," the opinion said.
    The case has made U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton the focus of criticism from anti-immigrant groups and such figures as CNN's Lou Dobbs, who accuse him of coddling drug dealers. Sutton has expressed frustration over the way the prosecution and post-conviction phases have been portrayed, even while his office is among the leaders nationally in drug and immigration prosecutions.
    The three judges on the panel, including San Antonio's Edward Prado, are highly respected, making an appeal to the judges of the entire panel less likely, said University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias.
    "It's a long shot," Tobias said of the likelihood for success down the line.
    T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union which represents Border Patrol agents and has contributed to Ramos' and Compean's defense, said, "We will continue this fight until the last appeal runs out."
    Bonner said the panel erred.
    "They engaged in the same type of circular logic that the U.S. Attorney for the Western District has been engaging in all along," he said.

    [​IMG]Wire Service
  11. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    Ex-Border Patrol agents denied new hearing

    By Daniel Borunda
    El Paso Times, Texas

    EL PASO — Supporters of two imprisoned former Border Patrol agents said they would keep fighting for their freedom even after a request for a new hearing on their case was denied by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
    The three-judge appeals panel in New Orleans on Wednesday denied a petition for a rehearing for former El Paso agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. The ruling did not give a reason for the denial.
    Ramos and Compean were convicted in 2006 of civil-rights violations after shooting admitted drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila near Fabens in 2005 and then covering it up. In July, the same appeals court upheld mandatory 10-year prison sentences.
    "The family is distraught," Ramos' father-in-law, Joe Loya, said by telephone from the Atlanta airport while returning from Washington, D.C., where supporters have been urging President Bush to commute the ex-agents' prison sentences.
    "It's just unbelievable. We are up against a stone wall because all these government agencies are connected," Loya said. "We keep on praying and we don't give up hope."
    Loya said the push for a prison sentence commutation will also reach out to the presidential campaigns and Congress.
    Ramos was sentenced to 11 years, and Compean to 12 years, mainly because of a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence on the federal charge of discharge of a firearm in commission of crime. The law does not exclude law enforcement officers.
    The appeals court ruling on Wednesday "validates what this office has said all along -- this prosecution was about the rule of law, plain and simple," U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton said in a written statement. "In America, law-enforcement officers do not get to shoot unarmed suspects who are running away, lie about it and file official reports that are false. That is a crime and prosecutors cannot look the other way."

    [​IMG]Wire Service
  12. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Former border agent resentenced in shooting

    Associated Press

    EL PASO, Texas — A former Border Patrol agent convicted of shooting a fleeing drug smuggler has been resentenced to his original 12-year prison term.
    The U.S. Attorney's office in El Paso, Texas, says a judge on Wednesday resentenced Jose Alonso Compean to 10 years for his conviction of using a weapon in the commission of a felony, plus two years for assault and other charges.
    Compean's sentence was reissued because a federal appeals court tossed out a separate conviction for tampering with an official proceeding.
    Compean and another agent were convicted of shooting the smuggler in the buttocks while he was fleeing from an abandoned marijuana load in 2005 and then covering up the shooting.
    The smuggler got nearly 10 years in prison.

    [​IMG]Wire Service
  13. justanotherparatrooper

    justanotherparatrooper Pissin' in liberals cheerio's for 40 years :) Staff Member

    Re: Former border agent resentenced in shooting

    President Bush could do atleast one right thing before he leaves his office..PARDON THESE GUYS!
  14. jettsixx

    jettsixx Had enough

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    I wish I could say I dont believe this. I think its just a glimpse of what is coming with the new obamanation. I know he had nothing to do with this particular case but just imagine how many crimaliens are going to cry to the new administration. Here is a link to the story in case you are not aware of it.
  15. Inspector

    Inspector Subscribing Member

    A second former Border Patrol agent who received a lengthy sentence in a case involving the shooting of a fleeing drug smuggler has been resentenced to his original 11 years and a day in prison.
    Ignacio Ramos got the same sentence two years ago when he was convicted in the shooting of Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, an admitted, and now convicted, drug smuggler.
    On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Cardone gave Ramos' partner, Jose Alonso Compean, his original 12-year sentence, 10 years on a charge of using a weapon in the commission of a felony and another two for assault and other charges. Both men have been in prison since January 2007.
    In September, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans threw out some convictions against Ramos and Compean, prompting this week's new sentencing hearings. But the court upheld the majority of the case against the pair, including the weapons charge that brought the mandatory sentence.
  16. dcs2244

    dcs2244 Moderator Staff Member

    I'm not holding my breath waiting for President Bush to pardon those two guys OR Scapegoat Scooter. But I'll keep hoping.
  17. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Convicted Ex-Border Agents Hope for Pardons From Bush

    Monday, November 17, 2008

    Supporters of two former Border Patrol agents facing years in prison for the shooting of a fleeing drug smuggler are urging President Bush to commute their sentences. And if that fails, their lawyers plan to take their case to the Supreme Court.

    Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, former Border Patrol agents, were convicted two years ago of assault, discharge of a weapon in the commission of a crime of violence, deprivation of civil rights and tampering with an official.
    Ramos was sentenced to 11 years in prison and Compean to 12, the bulk of the time coming from a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence for discharging their weapon.
    The charges stemmed from a February 2005 incident involving a drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, whom Ramos and Compean shot in the buttocks as he tried to flee from them in Fabens, Tex. The agents didn't report the incident, so it is unclear whether Davila possessed a weapon when he was shot. The agents say they thought he had a weapon; Davila says he didn't.

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    In September, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals threw out one of their several convictions and sent the case back to a lower court for resentencing. Last week, in U.S. District Court, their convictions on the other charges were upheld, and Ramos and Compean were resentenced to their original terms.
    Now the men have two choices, take their appeal to the Supreme Court or hope for President Bush to commute their sentences.
    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has spoken out in support of Ramos and Compean since he first heard about the case, and he will be lobbying members of Congress to rally to their side this week.
    "All decent Americans are now calling on President Bush to show some mercy towards these unjustly convicted men who never should have been prosecuted in the first place," Rohrabacher said Thursday in a statement.
    He and Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., are joining forces to get Congress to urge the president to act quickly and commute their sentences.
    "We're going to be submitting a bipartisan letter to the U.S. pardon attorney in support of commutation. This is something that Congressman Rohrabacher is committed to and has been unrelenting on since he first heard about the case, and that committment remains strong," said his spokeswoman, Tara Setmeyer.
    "We hope their status as members of Congress would hold some weight with the president," she said. "It's in the hands of the executive branch at this point."
    The president is the ultimate authority on granting commutations and pardons, a power granted in the Constitution.
    The Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney reviews petitions and makes recommendations to the president on whether to grant pardons and commutations, but the president is not required to comply.
    In his eight years in office, President Bush has received more than 7,800 petitions for commutation. He has granted six.
    A petition for commutation has been filed, Ramos's lawyer, David Botsford, said, but a spokesman for the Office of the Pardon Attorney said Friday that the petition was closed without action, because the border agents' legal options have not been exhausted.
    U.S. presidents traditionally issue pardons and sentence commutations in their final days in office. A spokesman for the White House declined to comment on the issue.
    Botsford said that if Bush does not commute Ramos' sentence, he will take the case to the Supreme Court.
    "It's all based on what the Fifth Circuit did and didn't do in the opinion. There are a number of legal issues in that opinion that are very, very crucial for law enforcement throughout the country," Bostford told
    "There are some issues ... dealing with use of force and the right to use deadly force that are implicated by this opinion, in addition to the constitutional issue about whether Congress ever intended a 10-year mandatory sentence to be imposed upon a police officer in the lawful performance of his duties," he said.
    "But I'd rather get a commutation than go to the Supreme Court," he added.
    The case has garnered the attention of organizations such as the National Border Patrol Council, which has helped raise money for the men's legal defense and says that U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton has been overzealous in his prosecution of the two former agents.
    "His whole case rests on the word of a convicted, admitted, confessed drug smuggler who claims that he was unarmed, and that just doesn't comport with reality," T.J. Bonner, the president of the NBPC, told
    Sutton maintains that the officers broke the law when they shot Davila.
    "The simple truth of this case is that former Agents Compean and Ramos shot 15 times at an unarmed man who was running away from them and posed no threat," he said in September. "They lied about what happened, covered up the shooting, and then proceeded to write up and file a false report."
    Bonner said the ruling against the former agents has opened the doorway to doubt for all law enforcement agents.
    "They're wondering now — and maybe it's just a millisecond of doubt or it might be just a few seconds of doubt or perhaps even a failure to react properly when confronted with a situation that calls for swift decisive action — because they're wondering in the back of their mind, could the same thing happen to me?," Bonner said. "Could I end up being prosecuted simply for defending myself against an armed felon?
    "And that should not be part of their thought process," he said. "They should be confident that their government will back them up, not back them into a corner."'s Jennifer Lawinski and Sara Bonisteel contributed to this report.,2933,453444,00.html
  18. 7costanza

    7costanza Supporting Member

    On a side note....I cant wait to see the list of domestic terrorist, black panther , cop killing shitbags Obama pardons....
  19. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    All law enforcement should be bombarding the white house with calls
    and e-mails to pardon the agents before he goes out of office

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  20. CJIS

    CJIS MassCops Member

    Better hope Bush does it because I do not think there is a snowballs chance in hell Obama will.
  21. BennyBulldog

    BennyBulldog MassCops Member

    It was Bandar Bushie's US Attorney who prosecuted these guys in the 1st place. Don't look to him for help.
  22. jettsixx

    jettsixx Had enough

    I remember when I first heard this story. It made me sick then and it still does. I for one would never want to work for the border patrol. I hope these guys get a full pardon. Although I am doubtfull
  23. Inspector

    Inspector Subscribing Member

    Bush handed out 14 Thanksgiving pardons today and they were not among those pardoned. He has no plans to upset his buddies in Mexico.

    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., noted that the list also did not include former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were convicted of shooting a drug smuggler and trying to cover it up. Ramos and Compean are each serving sentences of more than 10 years for shooting Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the buttocks while he was fleeing from an abandoned marijuana load in 2005.
    "President Bush still has time to do the right thing and commute wrongly imprisoned Border Agents Ramos and Compean," Rohrabacher said. "The fact that the president has neglected to free these men from their imprisonment while freeing drug dealers, embezzlers and other criminals is insulting to the American people who have been begging and pleading for the president to release the agents."
  24. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    See post #70 bombard the White House with calls and e-mails.
  25. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Families of Jailed Border Agents Pray for Pardon

    El Paso Times, Texas

    EL PASO, Texas -- The families of the jailed ex-Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a drug smuggler in the buttocks tell an online publication that they are praying President Bush will still pardon their loved ones.
    The wife of one of the ex-agents also told the Web site World Daily Net they receive little support in El Paso for the release of the ex-agents.
    Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean have been in jail nearly two years. In October, Ramos' was sentenced again to 11 years while Compean was sentenced to 10 years in prison after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ordered Ramos and Compean to be resentenced after the appeals court dropped a tampering-with-evidence conviction. The dropped conviction did not change their overall sentence.
    At the time of their resentencings in El Paso, the U.S. District Court judge reiterated the amount of time the two ex-agents were sentenced to could not change because one of the charges they were convicted of contained a mandatory 10-year sentence. Both agents were found guilty of discharging a firearm during the act of a crime, an offense that includes a mandatory 10-year sentence. Ramos was sentenced to an additional year because he was also convicted of an assault charge.
    "It's sad to say that both men were tried in the eyes of the media," Monica Ramos said in the World Daily Net article. "With the kids, I am very honest with them. I keep them very informed of what the truth is. I make sure that they realize
    that in the media they are going to hear differently -- especially here in our media. We have very little support in El Paso."
    Ramos' attorney, David Botsworth, said in the article that a petition for writ of certiorari was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court and docketed on Dec. 11. The government has the right to file a response should it choose to do so by early January.

    Story From: McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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