Skip to comments.Hill letter urges Bush 'review' of jailed agents' case (Duncan Hunter Alert)
Posted on 07/30/2008 8:15:10 PM PDT by pissant
Thirty-one members of Congress on Wednesday asked President Bush for an "immediate review" of the convictions of former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were sentenced in 2006 to lengthy prison terms for shooting a drug-smuggling suspect in the buttocks as he fled back to Mexico.
"Should you be unwilling to pardon Agents Ramos and Compean, as some of us have advocated, we ask that you then consider commuting their sentences to time served," the Republican lawmakers said in a letter.
"Your intervention in this matter will not only serve to correct this injustice, but also help reverse the damage these convictions have caused to the men and women of the Border Patrol," the lawmakers said. "Once again, we respectfully request that you intervene on behalf of Agents Ramos and Compean, and remove them from federal custody."
Written by Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, the letter was signed by fellow Republican Reps. David Dreier, Dana Rohrabacher, Brian P. Bilbray, Ken Calvert, Ed Royce, John Campbell, John T. Doolittle, Howard P. "Buck" McKeon and Gary G. Miller of California; Trent Franks of Arizona; John L. Mica and C.W. Bill Young of Florida; Christopher H. Smith, Frank A. LoBiondo and H. James Saxton of New Jersey; Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee; John Carter, Ted Poe and John Culberson of Texas; Tom Tancredo and Doug Lamborn of Colorado; Phil Gingrey of Georgia; Steve King of Iowa; Walter B. Jones of North Carolina; John M. McHugh of New York; Frank R. Wolf and Virgil H. Goode Jr. of Virginia; Don Young of Alaska; Joseph R. Pitts of Pennsylvania; and Todd Akin of Missouri.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
The lawmakers argued that the 10-year mandatory sentences were “never intended” to apply to law-enforcement officers acting within their official duties. They called the charge “excessive and disproportionate to the violation, particularly when Agents Ramos and Compean were in pursuit of a known drug dealer and on duty at the time of the incident.”
Additionally, they said the court panel failed to take into consideration the fact that the drug dealer was identified by DEA agents as he smuggled a second load of narcotics into the country.
They said this occurred after Mr. Aldrete-Davila was granted immunity for his first smuggling attempt in exchange for his testimony, but that information was withheld from the jury during trial and overlooked by the 5th Circuit. They said the omissions raised “serious doubts about his credibility and testimony.”
These men have been treated unjustly, but the President will take no action until after the election. Bet on it.
Yes, let’s do it. I don’t know the preferred method of contacting them (phone, fax or e-mail), but the contact info. is shown here:
BTW, it’s gonna be sad to have Duncan Hunter leaving the House this year. He has been an excellent public servant, and a consistent conservative in virtually all areas. Let’s hope John McCain can find a good cabinet position for him in his administration.
Written by Rep. Duncan Hunter of California
Bless that wonderful man...
Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee...
You Go girl
It would help the GOP if he did it NOW.
perhaps. I’m looking for Duncan to be the FALCON nominee in 2012. ;o)
She’s a good one. Hunter/Blackburn 2012!
Hunter is a Republican and his son who is the sure winner for his seat this year is a Republican
Of course he is a GOPer. An original 1980 Reaganite. That is why he would love Falcon much more than the crumbling party around him.
So? It still won’t happen, but I’d love to be proven wrong.
Bush surprises us now and again.
If he does pardon them it will probably be at the very end of his term or at least after the election. He should also pardon Scooter Libby.
Yeppers I voted for Duncan..
his lovely bumper sticker is still on my back window..
I’ve decided it will stay there...
Dont that sound grand !!!!!
Im looking for Duncan to be the FALCON nominee in 2012. ;o)
It sounds fantastic.
Hey there TN. Hunter has been on this big time and also
after a lot of court battles, his border fence is proceeding here.
I see Tancredo is flapping around trying to get credit
for Hunter’s work as usual.
AS long as folks buy into the MSM’s attacks on the Republicans the Dems will win.
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