Skip to comments.Bush commutes sentences of former US border agents
Posted on 01/19/2009 10:37:26 AM PST by DBCJR
WASHINGTON (AP) In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited fierce debate about illegal immigration.
Bush's decision to commute the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who tried to cover up the shooting, was welcomed by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress. They had long argued that the agents were merely doing their jobs, defending the American border against criminals. They also maintained that the more than 10-year prison sentences the pair was given were too harsh.
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Good, ‘bout time!
It’s about time! Thank you Lord! Prayers answered!
I’m doing the same dance I did when John McCain picked Sarah Palin.
Every once in a while, they do something not just right, but TOTALLY RIGHT!!
I guess a comuting of a sentence is not as good as a pardon, but welcome in deed!!
Wow, that is amazing, I had to be sure this wasn’t some kind of satire. I am happy for those gentlemen.
Finally!! I’m so happy for them, sorry they had to serve as long as they did. It’s not as if he pardoned FALN terrorists so his wife could get more votes.
While I am a believer that “Justice delayed is justice denied,” I am very well pleased that this reidculous blyte against our nation has ended. How do we ask law enforcement agents or military to put their lives on the line when we do this to them?
Who was the judge who sentenced them ? That’s what I want to know.
I had hoped, but didn’t think he would do it.
I don’t know, but the Federal prosecutor was Bush’s pick to go down there for this purpose. The fact that the case was prosecuted and that Bush “commuted” vs pardoned tells you something about Bush. I am an avid supporter of George Bush but he got it VERY wrong here... and a few other places... not near as bad as the MSM lied about.
Very Good news...now how about Scooter?
Thank you, President Bush. I suppose better late than never.
God bless Ramos and Compean. Their prayers have been answered.
The pardon vs commute...I heard on the radio several days ago that the President could not pardon those two but could commute. Maybe someone with the knowledge of the law regarding these two issues could discuss this. I know one is forgive the conviction and the other finishes the sentences but the conviction stands...but why could the President not, by some law, pardon these two?
Fox News is saying that Bush saw what Libby said as being untruthful, therfore, saw him in a different light. I don’t know if this means he missed the bus on a pardon or commutation or not.
A pardon wipes his slate clean. A commutation says they served their sentences, still guilty, still on their record.
President Bush should NEVER have prosecuted them. The prosecutor was specially picked by Bush and this reflects Bush’s desire to “play ball” with the Mexican Government who was calling for action. They saw this as an act to close our borders, i.e., enforce our laws. This was NOT Bush’s finest hour, as reflected in a commutation vs a pardon.
Georgie you come up short again...
I don't know about anybody else, but if I was an employer in that area, I would bend over backwards to see to it that these men had good jobs. The idea that they will be "marked" by their experience and that no one would hire them would only apply if a business owner were a leftist democrat.
Bush did the right thing. If they had not tried to cover up what they had done and were convicted, they should have been pardoned. As it is, shooting the guy shouldn’t have gotten them fired. Hiding evidence and trying to cover up what they did is not excusable. Commutable, but not pardonable...
Once again, Bush makes the right call.
Bush surprised me!
“Bush surprised me!”
I’m not surprised. I was expecting this. Prayers are answered. Thank God.
But what about Scooter Libby who has been completely screwed over?
From what I understand from the article on Fox News, a pardon is typically requested 5 years after the prison term has ended. Since these guys are getting out in March, they’ll have to request a full pardon from President Palin.
Thank you God!
Thank you Mr. President!
Please pray they remain safe until they are out of that place.
My sentiments exactly.
That would be great.
When "W" was firing prosecutors for being screw-ups he somehow overlooked Sutton.
We won't forget Sutton ~ he's out of politics RIGHT NOW FOREVER.
Wonderful news. :o)
Thank you, President Bush!!!
I knew he’d do it.
thank you for the common sense response. :o)
The first time I ever heard about this case, I knew something had gone terribly wrong with the country. Bush’s failure until now to release them merely confirmed my worst suspicions.
thanks for that added info!
Oh, wait, that was Clinton and will be Obama. Well, hide the kids, the moral deviates are back in charge.
An article on Breitbart said it would take about two months for them to be released after this.
Is this true, and if so, why does it take so long?
I think I've heard pretty much the same thing.But my understanding is that any President can legally grant a full pardon (or a lesser degree of clemency) to *anyone* at *any* time after the commission of *any* Federal offense.
You are absolutely right! Communting their sentence was the appropriate thing to do.
President Bush should NEVER have prosecuted them. The prosecutor was specially picked by Bush and this reflects Bushs desire to play ball with the Mexican Government who was calling for action. They saw this as an act to close our borders, i.e., enforce our laws. This was NOT Bushs finest hour, as reflected in a commutation vs a pardon.
You’re probably right. I was just doing some wishful thinking with regards to which President should pardon these guys.
President Bush should NEVER have prosecuted them. The prosecutor was specially picked by Bush and this reflects Bushs desire to play ball with the Mexican Government who was calling for action. They saw this as an act to close our borders, i.e., enforce our laws. While I remain a Bush supporter, this was NOT Bushs finest hour, as reflected in a commutation vs a pardon.
I will NEVER forget where I was when the cigar story of the Lewinski Scandal hit primetime news. I was seated in a pastor’s living room with his wife and two young daughters present. I excused myself and went to the restroom for about 20 minutes, I was so embarrassed.
But do they get any back pay? Are they reinstated for their jobs?
I’m celebrating for them. Johnny Sutton is a donkey’s rear end and Bush’s continued support for him is unforgivable.
No, they don’t get backpay. They are STILL guilty. A commuted sentence simply says their sentence has been served. This was not a pardon.
Thank You Mr. President!
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