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Border case puts U.S. attorney (Johnny Sutton)on defensive (Barf Alert)
L A TIMES ^ | 14 MAY 2007 | Richard A. Serrano

Posted on 05/14/2007 6:32:07 AM PDT by radar101

WASHINGTON — Internet cartoons show him with horns and the word "TRAITOR" branded on his forehead. Conservative talk radio derides him as "Johnny Satan." At least two Republican congressmen, normally staunch defenders of the Bush administration, have castigated him on the House floor.

If the White House and Justice Department had added Johnny Sutton to the list of federal prosecutors to be fired, his ouster probably would not have raised an eyebrow among Democrats, and it would have pleased much of the president's conservative base.

Sutton is the U.S. attorney in west Texas. Based in San Antonio, his border district reaches to El Paso. For five years he has been the top federal lawman in one of the nation's busiest regions, a job he long dreamed of having. It also is one he secured with deep ties to President Bush and Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales, going back to their time in state government in Austin.

The uproar is over his prosecution of two U.S. Border Patrol agents for the February 2005 shooting of a fleeing Mexican drug smuggler near El Paso, a shooting the agents tried to cover up. Last year, Sutton's office won convictions against Agents Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean.

Each was a line officer in what many people consider a hopeless chore: trying to hold back a deluge of illegal immigrants from Mexico. Each is a father of three. And each was sentenced to more than a decade in prison: Ramos to 11 years, Compean to 12.

"This was a serious, serious crime," Sutton said trying again to calm the anger on the political right. "It is a serious crime when law enforcement officers shoot at somebody, shoot him in the back as he's running away, and then cover up the crime."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; borderagents; compean; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; johnnysutton; prosecution; ramos

1 posted on 05/14/2007 6:32:14 AM PDT by radar101
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To: radar101

This guy is a waste.


2 posted on 05/14/2007 6:35:14 AM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: radar101

Political protectionism at it’s best...


3 posted on 05/14/2007 6:37:01 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Hydroshock

I think people need to get all the facts before deciding what and who is a waste. I disagree with the prosecutor giving immunity to the crooks to testify. But I also disagree with shooting people in the back unless there are extenuating circumstances.


4 posted on 05/14/2007 6:41:55 AM PDT by gunnedah
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To: radar101
Johnny Sutton bowed to pressure...but from whom; the Mexican Drug Cartels most likely since he 'defended' an illegal Mexican drug runner and saw to it the American Border Patrol Agengs were convicted for doing their job.............
5 posted on 05/14/2007 6:43:40 AM PDT by yoe ( NO THIRD TERM FOR THE CLINTON'S!!!)
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To: gunnedah
Yup, sometimes they need to be shot in the back. The dope running puke in this case wasn't exactly shot in the back, and may well have not been hit at all by any of the rounds fired at him by the Border Patrol officers.

Sutton blew it on this case. Any dreams he had of ever running for elective office are certainly gone. Guy probably isn't even a good credit risk anymore.

6 posted on 05/14/2007 6:46:02 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: gunnedah
...But I also disagree with shooting people in the back unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Ever been in that area or come upon an illegal drug runner who runs, turns and points something at you.....extenuating enough for you?

7 posted on 05/14/2007 6:47:42 AM PDT by yoe ( NO THIRD TERM FOR THE CLINTON'S!!!)
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To: radar101

Sutton was on talk radio down here in Houston a few days ago.

He made a good case for himself, until of coarse he was confronted with evidence that he intentionally kept details suppressed that would have changed the nature and outcome of the cases against our border patrol and law enforcement officials he prosecuted dramatically.

He’s a political hack championed with keeping the borders open by intimidating our brave men and woman that protect the border with litigation.


8 posted on 05/14/2007 6:48:40 AM PDT by servantboy777
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9 posted on 05/14/2007 2:35:02 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: gunnedah

Aaaah, you’re another FReeper from that part of the country I’ve never been to, where there’s no difference between the back and the butt.


10 posted on 05/14/2007 2:38:08 PM PDT by Xenalyte (You have to defile a mummy completely, or they come back to life. You know that.)
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To: gunnedah
Here's what Sutton said..

""It is a serious crime when law enforcement officers shoot at somebody, shoot him in the back as he's running away..." snip..

Sutton doesn't know his back from his backside..And what he said proves it.

The illegal alien drug smugger was NOT shot in the back.

sw

11 posted on 05/14/2007 2:44:42 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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“smuggler”...oops.


12 posted on 05/14/2007 2:45:40 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: gunnedah

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13 posted on 05/14/2007 2:53:22 PM PDT by radar101 (Dream Team--Hunter&Thompson)
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To: yoe
I also have wondered why Johnny Sutton framed innocent persons who BTW did not shoot anyone in the back. Bribery? Blackmail? Insanity? Desire to assure safety of drug dealers and/or terrorists?

His bank accounts and personal life might hold the key. Does he have a mistress connected to the drug traffic? Has he received large financial gifts? Does he even have wife and children and if so, do they have connections with drug runners or terrorists? Is he on medication? Has he been treated for drug abuse? Or maybe he himself in part of a drug cartel.

14 posted on 05/14/2007 3:04:34 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: radar101

F Sutton and F his boss Albert Gonzalez who could have stopped the Compean& Ramos prosecution with a phone call.


15 posted on 05/14/2007 6:05:12 PM PDT by dennisw ("Libertarianism is applied autism" - Steve Sailer)
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To: gunnedah
extenuating circumstances

Most Americans consider drug smuggling and running extenuating circumstances.

We are experiencing an American government-assisted invasion/colonization from third world dumps for the first time in history.

There will be many more shootings before this thing is over.

16 posted on 05/14/2007 9:29:36 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: dennisw

Gonzalez is from this area...I’m sure he is involved in this somehow.


17 posted on 05/14/2007 9:32:17 PM PDT by I got the rope
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To: radar101

Maybe ol johnny satan will have Karma pay him a visit....I’d find it funny if he were hit (by a vehicle) by an illegal alien, that happened to be a mule! Man should have to have some serious pain in his life for the crimes he’s been busy commiting. Don’t think so? Ask Ramos or Compean, or Gilmer Hernandez how their lives are.


18 posted on 05/14/2007 10:33:20 PM PDT by Issaquahking (Duncan Hunter for president!)
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To: yoe; All

“the Mexican Drug Cartels”

I have a friend who’s brother is an attorney in W. Texas. He’s retiring a 50 due to the number of cases he’s represented involving drug runners and dealers. They pay the lawyers more money (mostly cash) than is normally required and usually get off.


19 posted on 05/15/2007 4:24:21 AM PDT by wolfcreek (DON'T MESS WITH A NATION IN NEED OF MEDICATION !)
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To: I got the rope
Gonzalez is from this area...I’m sure he is involved in this somehow.

Very interesting. Just one phone call from DC (Albert Gonzalez) and Johnny Sutton would not have prosecuted Ramos and Compean. This is called prosecutorial discretion

20 posted on 05/15/2007 8:47:07 AM PDT by dennisw ("Libertarianism is applied autism" - Steve Sailer)
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To: gunnedah
” But I also disagree with shooting people in the back unless there are extenuating circumstances.”

Would chasing a foreign national smuggler post 9/11 in the dark & the perp turns half his body in a threatening manner count as “extenuating circumstances”.

21 posted on 05/15/2007 8:58:22 AM PDT by Rottweilerson (If you want a friend...Feed any animal.)
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To: Rottweilerson

I am sorry I posted this to the wrong person and message. Excuse Please!
I have been out of pocket or I would have answered all of your thoughts on this.At one time in my life I would have agreed to shoot most of the scum you mention but I just have to disagree with the experience of 32+ years in Law Enforcement. Each case has to be judged on its own merits and believe you me I have seen some terrible decisions made by law enforcement officers. But 99.9% of those I have seen have been correct. But look at it like it were your child and expect the same kind of response and you can make the decision for yourself. This case that started this on here would be a good one to examine and as for the prosecutor giving this man immunity to come testify I believe flies in the face of good judgment especially with this characters record and smuggling when he comes back in to testify.But in defense of the officers if you have never been there you can rest assured it is difficult when the adrenalin is flowing.



22 posted on 05/16/2007 2:13:50 PM PDT by gunnedah
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To: Rottweilerson

I am sorry I posted this to the wrong person and message. Excuse Please!
I have been out of pocket or I would have answered all of your thoughts on this.At one time in my life I would have agreed to shoot most of the scum you mention but I just have to disagree with the experience of 32+ years in Law Enforcement. Each case has to be judged on its own merits and believe you me I have seen some terrible decisions made by law enforcement officers. But 99.9% of those I have seen have been correct. But look at it like it were your child and expect the same kind of response and you can make the decision for yourself. This case that started this on here would be a good one to examine and as for the prosecutor giving this man immunity to come testify I believe flies in the face of good judgment especially with this characters record and smuggling when he comes back in to testify.But in defense of the officers if you have never been there you can rest assured it is difficult when the adrenalin is flowing.



23 posted on 05/16/2007 2:13:56 PM PDT by gunnedah
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