Skip to comments.Idaho soldier's dad says White House pardon is under review
Posted on 01/06/2009 7:35:55 AM PST by BGHater
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The Anchorage Daily News used the AP story as well. Since the soldier was stationed in Alaska you’d think they’d at least do their homework.
I been looking thru G's window...
You would think sloppiness on such a grand scale would get someone fired and another demoted.
Bush lets out all kinds of scum but he won’t pardon heroes like Compean and Ramos who protect his Texas friends.
What a disappointment Bush has become.
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Like a bad dream, but she’s awake.
This is a letter from Evan's Congressman. EVERY avenue is being pursued. We all may be dogs barking up the wrong Bush. But every effort is being made by highly placed people who don't think what happened to Evan comes close to being right. Sen. Mike Crapo is doing the same.
I write this letter in support of the commutation request of Sergeant Evan Vela, a constituent of mine from the state of Idaho assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He is currently confined at the Army Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
I have been in contact with members of Sergeant Velas family and members of his community throughout Velas court trial and sentencing. Like them, I was concerned with the circumstances surrounding his case and the ten-year prison sentence that he received. According to my constituents, Sgt. Vela followed an order from his superior on the reasonable premise that his units position would be compromised. Among the co-accused, Sgt. Vela received the harshest punishment.
Sgt. Vela volunteered to serve his country in a time of war and fought to protect our freedoms behind enemy lines in a violent and stressful environment. Our servicemen face difficult and often confusing choices everyday on the battlefield, and Sgt. Velas situation is not unique. I am concerned that he is shouldering the blame and playing the role of scapegoat for following orders throughout a series of tragic events that occurred during a time of war.
There are a number of mitigating factors and extenuating circumstances in this case that make a compelling argument for commutation, and in accordance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, I urge you to take into account those factors and circumstances as you consider his request.
I sincerely appreciate your attention and expeditious consideration of my letter in support of the request for commutation of Sgt. Evan Vela.
From the time I first started to care about politics, which was when Nixon was president, the phrase “obstruction of justice” has meant to me a democrat mob saying, “We hate you, but we can’t get you for what you actually did, so we’re going to criminalize your attempts to protect yourself from us.”
This guy never should have had to worry about being persecuted in the first place, and I certainly don’t think he should be persecuted for hiding evidencce of something that shouldn’t be a crime.