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Texas deputy to pay price for defending self
Washington Times ^ | 2 February 2007 | Jerry Seper

Posted on 02/02/2007 3:37:06 AM PST by Aussie Dasher

A Texas deputy sheriff who fired shots at a fleeing vehicle after the driver tried to run him down faces 10 years in prison for injuring one of the passengers, a Mexican national being smuggled illegally into the United States.

The U.S. attorney, who won lengthy prison terms last year for two U.S. Border Patrol agents in the shooting of a drug-smuggling suspect, also prosecuted Edwards County Deputy Sheriff Guillermo F. Hernandez, who is to be sentenced next month.

The deputy's boss, Sheriff Donald G. Letsinger, said his officer -- who had been on the job for a year -- "followed the letter of the law" in defending himself in the April 2005 incident and questioned why the government brought charges.

"This is a fine young man, and I just don't believe he committed the wrong of which he was accused," Sheriff Letsinger said. "I have never had anything hurt me so badly as this prosecution. We've got to make this right."

Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican, called the prosecution and conviction of Hernandez, known to his friends as "Gilmer," "another example of how the federal government is more concerned about people [who are] illegally invading America than it is about the men who protect America."

"Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war," Mr. Poe said.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: California; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; frobls; gilmer; illegalimmigration; illegals; immigrantlist; immigration; police; prosecution; selfdefense
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To: Ladycalif

BUMP!


51 posted on 02/11/2007 6:28:22 PM PST by EternalVigilance ("With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?")
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To: EternalVigilance

Love their shirts - "With God All Things Are Possible"


52 posted on 02/11/2007 6:29:09 PM PST by Ladycalif (Free The Texas 3 - Ramos, Compean and Hernandez)
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To: Ladycalif

Yes, bttt


53 posted on 02/11/2007 6:29:21 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat (Rudy Giuliani-Joe Dyton in '08; and free the Texas 3.)
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To: Ladycalif
Amen. And, we can't forget: "There's more with us than there are with them."
54 posted on 02/11/2007 6:35:35 PM PST by EternalVigilance ("With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?")
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To: Aussie Dasher

Starting to sound more and more like we have a rogue prosecutor on a personal mission or perhaps even a vendetta. It might be interesting to see just what turns up if an investigation were done into Sutton's past and current cases and any possible ties to the Mexican government or maybe even drug lords.


55 posted on 02/11/2007 6:41:00 PM PST by Ron H. (Southeast Texas PGR member - Standing Ready in Southeast Texas!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Seems to be no justice---in this world...
56 posted on 02/11/2007 6:44:25 PM PST by GOP_Thug_Mom (libera nos a malo)
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To: La Enchiladita

thought you might appreciate the quotes from Ted Poe (I know I do!)


57 posted on 02/11/2007 6:46:07 PM PST by GOP_Thug_Mom (libera nos a malo)
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To: Ron H.
Starting to sound more and more like we have a rogue prosecutor on a personal mission or perhaps even a vendetta. It might be interesting to see just what turns up if an investigation were done into Sutton's past and current cases and any possible ties to the Mexican government or maybe even drug lords.

This is my hope - that they finally dig up something that will stick to Sutton; and personally I don't care how far up the chain in command it turns out going.

58 posted on 02/11/2007 6:50:52 PM PST by TheeOhioInfidel (ATTENTION: THERE IS A REAL CONSERVATIVE RUNNING IN '08: DUNCAN HUNTER)
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To: Ron H.

Thanks for your help and support.


59 posted on 02/11/2007 6:51:57 PM PST by Ladycalif (Free The Texas 3 - Ramos, Compean and Hernandez)
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To: Aussie Dasher; calcowgirl; Arizona Carolyn; GOP_Thug_Mom; EternalVigilance; antceecee; ...
Sheriff Letsinger, with three deputies to handle all law-enforcement matters in a 2,000-square-mile county, called the Texas Rangers after the incident to investigate what happened. He said he also called the Mexican Consulate because Mexican nationals were involved, and the consulate later notified the FBI.

Why did the Rocksprings sheriff call the Mexican consulate? What gives the Mexican consulate the right to contact OUR FBI? What gives illegal invaders ANY RIGHTS AT ALL?

This gives truth to the talk that there is collusion between our government and the Mexican government when it comes to protecting Mexican illegals and pillorying our own law enforcement at the border.

We know for a fact that the Mexican government obtained agreement from OUR GOVERNMENT to monitor and report Minuteman activities.

Mexico now dictates how we run our side of the border. If this is not recognized as a declaration of war by our so-called government, then it should be recognized as such by our citizens. And we should recognize that this administratino is deliberately letting Mexico win.

An American law enforcement officer now faces prison because he attempted to detain a vehicle that tried to run him over, i.e., to defend himself and to enforce the law. If these persons in the vehicle had been any but Mexican illegals, he would not be facing prosecution. Period.

Johnny Sutton cannot be seen as anything but an agent of the Mexican government in its war against and invasion of the U.S.A.

60 posted on 02/11/2007 7:15:59 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008)
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To: GOP_Thug_Mom

Thanks for the ping. I sure do.


61 posted on 02/11/2007 7:17:08 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Punish the good, exalt the bad..an all too common theme in America, especially concerning illegals.. those who contribute to this theme need to be taken down if America is to survive..


62 posted on 02/11/2007 7:25:37 PM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America and All who protect and preserve this Great Nation.)
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To: DH
It could actually hurt them and cause traumatic stress or worse yet, loss of self-esteem.

Nah, it's a violation of an ILLEGAL INVADER's "civil rights" ... apparently, the most flame-proof status in the country right now.

63 posted on 02/11/2007 7:25:57 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008 "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war")
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To: radar101; aimhigh; ZULU; Tolsti; Ladycalif; Texas Federalist; crghill
Bush is CEO-He can hire-and he can fire!

Enough already, Bush should resign in disgrace - and take his cadre of amnesty-pushers with him.

64 posted on 02/11/2007 7:26:38 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: ASOC
This guys shoots at a car driving away and kills someone.

So glad to see a reminder of the typical drooling idiocy of OBLs.

65 posted on 02/11/2007 7:28:15 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008 "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war")
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To: TheeOhioInfidel

Gilmer Hernandez story will be on America's Most Wanted Next Saturday


66 posted on 02/11/2007 7:30:31 PM PST by Ladycalif (Free The Texas 3 - Ramos, Compean and Hernandez)
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To: spectre; Jorge
How many people are going to come on here and continue to defend the invaders over our own LE?

Let's see what Jorge has to say... should be entertaining.

67 posted on 02/11/2007 7:31:02 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008 "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war")
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To: trumandogz
The problem was that the vehicle was fleeing and not a threat to the officer.

And where do you get your information?

Thinking the driver had tried to run him over, he said Hernandez fired at the vehicle's rear tires. He said at least one of the people inside the vehicle confirmed that the driver had turned it into the deputy.
[Source: Washington Times]

68 posted on 02/11/2007 7:35:08 PM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: La Enchiladita
Bump to great post!
69 posted on 02/11/2007 7:41:14 PM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: gruntSGT

I concluded after the first episode I watched that the show was produced and broadcast for the specific purpose of instilling a chilling respect in the average citizen's jockey shorts the next time he sees a uniform and a lightbar.


70 posted on 02/11/2007 7:43:11 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: La Enchiladita

This totally sucks... I can no longer put into words what I think because I'd be banned.


71 posted on 02/11/2007 7:48:28 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: calcowgirl

Thanks..:)


72 posted on 02/11/2007 7:49:59 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008 "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war")
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To: Arizona Carolyn

I know... this really, really hurts. The truth can no longer be denied or diminished.


73 posted on 02/11/2007 7:50:44 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008 "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war")
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To: Ron H.

Not just the prosecutor, but his boss at HLS and the guy in charge at Justice and we know who they both work for.


74 posted on 02/11/2007 7:50:45 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: La Enchiladita

No, it cannot. We American Citizens are out on a tree branch all alone. Our government is doing everything for the MExican's and nothing for us.


75 posted on 02/11/2007 7:52:03 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: La Enchiladita

"..this administratino.."

NAILED!


76 posted on 02/11/2007 7:53:32 PM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America and All who protect and preserve this Great Nation.)
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To: politicalwit
Sutton is a good ally of GWB.

They are trying to take the life and breath out of the borden patrol.

The National Guard are being held back from doing their duty. Cannot even defend themselves.

77 posted on 02/11/2007 7:56:42 PM PST by mickie (God Bless Our Troops)
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To: Ladycalif
"Gilmer Hernandez story will be on America's Most Wanted Next Saturday

Hopefully this story can get pushed to the forefront alongside the case of the other two agents.

78 posted on 02/11/2007 7:56:54 PM PST by TheeOhioInfidel (ATTENTION: THERE IS A REAL CONSERVATIVE RUNNING IN '08: DUNCAN HUNTER)
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To: SeaBiscuit

I'm glad you understand... even when I speak Esperanto...:-]


79 posted on 02/11/2007 8:04:32 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008 "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war")
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To: Aussie Dasher
This is an obscenity! What the hell is the world coming to?????

It's the lack of intelligent leadership in the United States, and the fact that our own president and his minions favor Mexico over their own country. The American people are not being represented at all.

80 posted on 02/11/2007 8:29:05 PM PST by janetgreen (DUNCAN HUNTER IN '08)
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