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Free Citizen

This writer espouses individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.

Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Sunday, February 03, 2008


President Bush-- that "compassionate conservative"-- is showing the same "compassion" for these two gentlemen that he showed for Karla Faye Tucker when he was governor of Texas. He won't pardon Ramos and Compean, but he DID pardon Scooter Libby before he served a day in jail.

These border patrol agents are/were incarcerated in the federal prison at Yazoo City, Mississippi; as I recall, that's where Ramos was savagely beaten by a gang of illegal aliens.

Judge E. Grady Jolly, a Mississippian, serves on the 5th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is a former speechwriter for President Reagan and is now backing Mitt Romney for president.

Such outrages as this one make me proud that I voted for third party presidential candidates in 2000 and 2004.

by Christopher Ruddy | Newsmax.com

Before leaving the White House, President Bush should do the right thing and pardon the two Border Patrol agents who were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for shooting a fleeing drug smuggler — a case that’s been called a “prosecutorial travesty.”

The facts are fairly well known: Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were arrested following a shooting incident along the Mexican border in February 2005.

Mexican national Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila entered the country illegally in a van carrying 743 pounds of marijuana. When confronted by the agents, he scuffled with them and tried to flee back across the border. The agents opened fire. Aldrete-Davila was struck in the buttocks, but continued to flee.

The agents later said they saw a shiny object in Aldrete-Davila’s hand that they thought was a gun.

Federal prosecutors gave Aldrete-Davila blanket immunity in exchange for his testimony against the agents. Ramos and Compean were convicted on several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and violation of civil rights.

In regard to the civil rights violation, it might be noted that both agents are Hispanic.

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.

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein called that a “huge penalty, more than most people serve for murder.”

Her fellow Californian, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, went further, declaring that the case is “the worst miscarriage of justice that I have witnessed in the 30 years I’ve been in Washington. The decision to give immunity to the drug dealer and throw the book at the Border Patrol agents was a prosecutorial travesty.”

It subsequently came to light that... Keep reading>>>


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