Sen. John Cornyn is making a final plea to President Bush to free former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. In an open letter to the president, Sen. Cornyn notes that “because of the excesses of the prosecution against them,” Ramos and Compean “will continue to sit alone in those cells for another decade.”
Cornyn is not alone in his efforts to help the former agents. GOP House members are also expressing their frustration with President Bush’s inaction, with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) saying that the “biggest black mark on his legacy will be if he closes the door to the Oval Office and Ramos and Compean are still behind prison bars.” There are only a few days left before his legacy regarding Ramos and Compean is known.
As background, Agents Ramos and Compean shot an illegal alien as he was fleeing back to the Mexican border. The illegal alien, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, was in the process of smuggling approximately a million dollars worth of marijuana into the U.S.
U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton decided to prosecute the agents. Sutton granted Davila immunity in exchange for testimony. Sutton said the agents “shot 15 times at an unarmed, fleeing man.” Sutton also claims that the agents “decided to lie about it, cover it up, destroy the evidence, pick up all the shell casings and throw them away where we couldn’t find them, destroy the crime scene and then file a false report.”
As noted by Newsmax.com, “In October 2006, Ramos, who was nominated to be Border Patrol Agent of the Year, was sentenced to 11 years and one day in prison, and Compean received a 12-year sentence.”
In speaking out against the sentences of Ramos and Compean, Sen. Cornyn wrote, “I have reached the conclusion as a senator, a former judge, and a citizen, that the loss of their jobs and the prison time they have already served has been more than enough punishment.” Cornyn called the actions of Sutton to be “prosecutorial overreaching.”
The Hill is reporting on the frustrations of several GOP House members regarding President Bush’s failure to pardon Ramos and Compean. In a news conference Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) quoted from a letter he sent to the president in which he wrote, “As a man of faith, when a terrible injustice has been done to two Hispanic Americans, for God’s sakes, get down on your knees and pray to God and ask him if you should commute these sentences, because I believe God would tell you yes.”
The Baltimore Examiner has issued an editorial calling for President Bush to pardon the former Border Patrol agents.
A reprimand for not reporting the shooting was in order, but sending Ramos and Compean to prison for trying to stop a drug smuggler seeking to flee justice was excessive. Too often, a pathological sense of “compassion” makes us coddle criminals like Aldrete-Davila, but throw the book at law enforcement officers whenever they err. The public eventually pays the price for such misguided policies.
Ramos and Compean have already served nearly two years, mostly in solitary confinement to protect them from other prisoners. Even Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has asked President Bush to at least commute their sentences. Pardoning them before he leaves the White House next week would be even better.
Please contact President Bush and urge him into action during his final days in office. Through GOPUSA, you can send an e-mail to President Bush regarding Ramos and Compean.
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