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  • Coddling Illegals, Jailing Agents

    10/28/2011 5:10:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | October 28, 2011 | Editor
    Justice: Another border patrol agent faces prison after arresting an illegal alien smuggling drugs. When not being killed by guns funneled into Mexico by their own government, they are prosecuted for doing their job. In a case reminiscent of an earlier injustice against those protecting our borders, Border Patrol Agent Jesus E. "Chito" Diaz Jr. has been sentenced to two years in prison by U.S. District Judge Alia Moses Ludlum in San Antonio. The illegal alien he arrested for drug smuggling goes free. In November 2009, Diaz was named in a federal grand jury indictment after an October 2008 arrest...
  • Border Agent Sentenced to 2 Years for Abuse of Immigrant Who Claims he Received No Injuries

    10/27/2011 7:33:19 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies · 1+ views
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to two years in prison for improperly handling a teenager he had handcuffed the boy, a smuggling suspect. Prosecutors claimed agent Jesus “Chito” Diaz was responsible for the bruises sustained by a 15-year-old boy during an October 2008 arrest near the Ro Grande in Texas. Diaz, 31, was charged with depriving the teenager of his constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force when he lifted the boy improperly by his arms, and put his knee in his back. Diaz’s attorneys said that no injuries were sustained from a...
  • Teams comb Ariz. desert for suspect in [Border Patrol] agent death

    12/16/2010 2:21:36 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 25 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Dec. 16, 2010 | AMANDA LEE MYERS
    NOGALES, Ariz. - Teams of border officers combed through the Arizona desert about 10 miles north of Mexico on Thursday in search of the lone outstanding suspect in the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent. They were on horseback and all-terrain vehicles searching rugged, hard-to-reach spots in a mountainous area just north of Nogales in southeastern Arizona. Officers in patrol cars were searching the perimeter. The suspect could be in Mexico, or could have tried his luck in Nogales or a nearby town, but he also could be hiding behind the next bush. ...authorities have four suspects in custody...
  • Mexico demands answers about shooting by U.S. agent

    06/09/2010 4:16:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 81 replies · 246+ views
    Reuters/YahooNews ^ | 6/9/10 | Robin Emmott Robin Emmott
    Mexico is demanding answers from Washington over the fatal shooting of a teenager by a U.S. border patrol agent and has sent a formal complaint over the incident, Mexico's foreign minister said. At a wake on Wednesday, grieving relatives wept over the body of Sergio Hernandez, shot on the Mexican side of the border in the frontier city of Ciudad Juarez as he and other youths were running from U.S. border patrol agents.
  • [Johnny]Sutton to join Ashcroft's law firm

    04/22/2009 4:44:47 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 32 replies · 581+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 04/22/2009 | Guillermo Contreras
    Former U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton has been hired to work in a consulting and law firm formed by former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. Sutton, who resigned Sunday as chief of the San Antonio-based Western District of Texas, is one of four outgoing U.S. attorneys hired by Ashcroft. All served under the administration of former President George W. Bush. “Johnny is joining the Ashcroft law firm, as is John Ratcliffe, former U.S. attorney from Dallas,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Ashcroft’s company. “They will be operating in Texas as Ashcroft Sutton Ratcliffe LLC.” Corallo said Sutton will remain in...
  • Sutton defends charging border agents

    04/14/2009 3:05:51 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 42 replies · 1,072+ views
    Outgoing U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton said Monday he still believes he made the right call in prosecuting two then-Border Patrol agents convicted of covering up their shooting of an unarmed drug smuggler in the back. In a wide-ranging interview since announcing last week that he is resigning April 19, Sutton also said he was voluntarily leaving the job he’s had for more than seven years — the top federal prosecutor of the San Antonio-based Western District of Texas. Sutton, who was nominated to the post by President George W. Bush, said he is leaving for a legal job in the...
  • Supreme Court rebuffs Ramos and Compean

    03/23/2009 12:30:01 PM PDT · by mnehring · 122 replies · 3,124+ views
    The US Supreme Court will not hear the appeals of US Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. The refusal lets stand the opinion of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the convictions and the sentences of the agents. Although this effectively ends the agents’ hopes to have their felony convictions overturned, they are now free men thanks to a last minute commutation of their 10-year sentences by President Bush. Had it not been for Bush’s action, the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case would likely have meant the agents would have served their full sentences. Nonetheless,...
  • Ramos, Compean Say Prayers Held Them Up ( Pat Yourselves on the Back, FReepers! )

    03/21/2009 3:09:19 PM PDT · by kellynla · 48 replies · 1,314+ views ^ | March 20, 2009 | staff
    Former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were given long jail terms for shooting at a fleeing drug smuggler, today told Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck that they were sustained by prayers of the American people and their spirits were lifted by their letters. The two were interviewed on Beck's program in their first television interview allowed under the terms of their probation after President Bush commuted their sentences on his last day in office. They just were released from ankle bracelet restrictions and still face limits on with whom they can talk. One of...
  • Imprisoned border guards speak out [Ramos/Compean] [Bush legacy]

    03/21/2009 1:22:30 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 1,293+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-03-20 | Sara A. Carter
    Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos wakes up in the middle of the night expecting a guard to shine a flashlight in his face. Jose Alonso Compean, his colleague, still has nightmares that he's not really home. It has not been easy readjusting to life outside their one-man prison cells where they spent the last two years of their lives in segregation. Since the commutation of their sentences by President Bush on his last day in office, the former agents, who were charged with the non-fatal shooting of a Mexican national after he abandoned a load of marijuana...
  • Heads Up: Compean and Ramos Should Be Coming Up on Glenn Beck at 2 AM EST on FOX News (15 mins)

    03/20/2009 10:47:55 PM PDT · by freespirited · 5 replies · 436+ views
    FOX News | 3/21/08
    Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos were scheduled for Beck's show today. I missed it at 5 p.m. EST but it is now repeating at 2 a.m. EST. Which means it should be on any minute.
  • Ignacio Ramos on Glenn Beck Right Now

    03/20/2009 7:21:02 AM PDT · by raybbr · 23 replies · 987+ views
    FR ^ | 3/21/2009 | raybbr
    Listening to Ignacio Ramos A free man!
  • Judge: Gov't must provide records or say why not (re: drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila)

    02/26/2009 9:21:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 578+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/26/09 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON – A judge has ordered the federal government to turn over documents related to the shooting of a fleeing drug smuggler or explain why it's withholding them. The shooting led to the imprisonment and presidential commutation of two U.S. Border Patrol agents. Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, filed Freedom of Information Act requests two years ago with the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security for records relating to the drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila. The departments did not provide any records, so the group filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington. In response to the...
  • Ex-border agents who had sentences commuted are released from prison

    02/17/2009 12:07:33 PM PST · by pissant · 16 replies · 606+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/17/09 | staff
    DALLAS – Attorneys say two former Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a drug smuggler and covering it up have been released from prison. Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean each had their sentences of more than 10 years commuted earlier this year by former President George W. Bush. Their commutation becomes effective March 20, and both will serve out the remainder of their sentences in home confinement. The men were convicted in 2006 of shooting Osvaldo Aldrete Davila near El Paso and trying to conceal it. Ramos left a federal prison in Phoenix on Tuesday morning on furlough, according to...
  • Ramos, Compean Freed From Prison

    02/17/2009 10:24:01 AM PST · by kellynla · 27 replies · 897+ views ^ | February 17, 2009 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Convicted former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were released from federal prison this morning and are en route to join their families in El Paso, Texas. Characterizing Ramos and Compean's incarceration as a "political prosecution," Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, called for a congressional investigation into alleged prosecutorial misconduct by El Paso U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton under the direction of Bush administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Poe also called for an investigation into the alleged role of the Mexican government in demanding that Ramos and Compean be prosecuted. "As soon as President Bush commuted Ramos and Compean's sentences,...
  • Breaking News: Former El Paso Border Patrol Agents Free From Prison (both free)

    02/17/2009 8:32:21 AM PST · by STARWISE · 154 replies · 5,313+ views
    KFOX-TV ^ | 2-17-09
    At 3 a.m. mountain time, former Border Patrol agent Jose Compean was released from the Elkton Federal Prison in Elkton, Ohio. Former agent Ignacio Ramos was released about five hours later from the Phoenix Federal Prison in Phoenix, Ariz. Ramos and Compean will officially be released from Federal Bureau of Prison custody on March 20th, but on Tuesday both were allowed to rejoin their families. They had been in prison since January 2007. Ramos and Compean were in prison for shooting drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila and then trying to cover it up. On President Bush’s last day in office,...
  • Breaking! Ramos is out of prision! No word on Compeon yet

    02/17/2009 7:53:09 AM PST · by alice_in_bubbaland · 68 replies · 2,464+ views
    Glenn Beck Show | Me
    Just heard that Ramos has been released from prison. There will be no media access until March 20, 2009.
  • Border agents could leave prison within days

    02/04/2009 8:13:00 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 885+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 2009-02-04 | Chelsea Schilling
    Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos could be eligible to leave federal prison within days – though their official release date is still set for March 20, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons has confirmed. BOP spokeswoman Traci Billingsley told WND that inmates may serve their sentences in arranged living facilities or home confinement before they are given their full freedom. "On their release date, all Bureau of Prisons inmates are generally released from one of three places," she said. "They're either released from an institution, a residential reentry center (halfway house) or they're released from...
  • Border agents' release will not wipe away their crime*(Barf Alert)*

    01/25/2009 11:37:59 PM PST · by Cyropaedia · 26 replies · 627+ views
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 1/25/09 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Border agents' release will not wipe away their crime By Ruben Navarrette Jr. Posted: 01/25/2009 12:00:00 AM PST I was glad to see that George W. Bush commuted the prison sentences of former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. And frankly, I was a bit surprised I was glad. I never had much sympathy for Ramos or Compean, disgraced law enforcement officers who were convicted of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler and then lying about it. From studying the facts, hearing the arguments of the agents' supporters, and interviewing U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, whose...
  • Lou Dobbs TScript/Video: "Mexico Meddling" (Ramos-Compean, Bush Corruption Exposed Pt II)

    01/23/2009 6:31:45 PM PST · by flattorney · 34 replies · 787+ views
    CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight ^ | January 22, 2009 | Transcript Staff
    Mexico slams Border Patrol clemency. Criticizes commutation for former Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean. Plus, President Bush and Administration Corruption Exposed Part II 01.22.09 CNN Lou Dobbs Video: "Mexico Meddling" (Ramos-Compean, Bush Corruption Exposed Pt II) 01.14.09 CNN Lou Dobbs Video: President-Elect Barack Obama and Mexico's President Felipe Calderon met SEGMENT INTRO: New questions about Mexico's brazen meddling in the case against former border patrol agents Ramos and Compean who remain in prison tonight, we'll have special coverage of this continuing miscarriage of justice and the intervention of the Mexican government in the Bush administration's policy making. # And...
  • Lou Dobbs TScript: Ramos/Compean 2 more months in prison. Bush/Mexican Gov’t Corruption Exposed

    01/21/2009 9:29:25 PM PST · by flattorney · 44 replies · 5,793+ views
    CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight ^ | January 21, 2009 | Transcript Staff
    “Lou Dobbs Tonight: Transcript” Justice Delayed: (Because of Bush) Ramos & Compean could be in prison for 2 more months Outrageous President Bush, Administration, and Mexican government collusion and corruption against our border patrol agents January 21, 2009 # This was Lou Dobbs first broadcast this week. SEGMENT INTRO: Former Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean, their sentences commuted, but they may be in prison for another two months. There is rising anger at the continued imprisonment of former Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean two days after President Bush commuted their sentences. And there is outrage at the Mexican...
  • Border patrol agents' sentences commuted, but struggle not yet over (TX) congressman vows

    01/21/2009 3:47:15 PM PST · by flattorney · 20 replies · 2,225+ views
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | January, 20, 2009 | Colin Guy
    Two Texas border guards sentenced each to about a dozen years in prison have had their sentences commuted by former President George W. Bush in one of last official acts. But the campaign on their behalf is not yet over. In 2005 Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos shot drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the buttocks as he fled across the Rio Grande, away from an abandoned van load of marijuana, according to Associated Press reports. The two men, who did not report the shooting and tampered with evidence by picking up spent shell casings, were convicted...
  • Bush’s Final Mistake: Showing Mercy on Ramos and Compean

    01/21/2009 1:47:02 PM PST · by AJKauf · 115 replies · 4,962+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 21 | Bob Owens
    On his last full day as president, George W. Bush commuted the prison sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, two former Border Patrol agents who were sent to prison for crimes they committed related to the shooting of a Mexican drug smuggler. Upon being charged, these agents became convenient symbols, and far too many good people tried to justify their behavior through the prism of their own beliefs. Border Patrol officers saw them as fellow officers unfairly accused of tryin But Compean and Ramos are anything but heroes. They are not good cops unfairly accused...
  • The final Bush pardons

    01/20/2009 7:38:42 AM PST · by SmithL · 85 replies · 1,877+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/20/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    On his way out of office, President Bush used his power of the pardon to commute the sentences of former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who had been sentenced to 11 years and 12 years respectively for shooting and wounding a fleeing drug smuggler in 2005 and then covering up the incident. It was the right move. Ramos and Compean supporters no doubt would have preferred it if Bush had pardoned the agents - which would have cleared their criminal records. In that Bush had stood by U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's prosecution of the agents, as...
  • Monica Ramos and Patti Compean On Glenn Beck's "Inaugural" Show - 5 pm Eastern Tonight

    01/19/2009 1:57:47 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 1,129+ views
    Glenn kicks offhis new show tonight with the first interview by Monica Ramos and Patty Compean (wives of jailed border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean) since the jailed border patrol agents had their sentences commuted today by President Bush. Plus a revealing interview with Sarah Palin---don't miss the highly anticipated premiere tonight at 5p on FOX News Channel! Bold. Brash. Beck!
  • Bush commutes sentences of former US border agents

    01/19/2009 10:30:12 AM PST · by patriot08 · 27 replies · 728+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 1-19-09 | By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – 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...
  • Ramos, Compean sentences commuted [more detail here]

    01/19/2009 10:18:33 AM PST · by freespirited · 43 replies · 1,399+ views
    WND ^ | 1/19/09
    President Bush commuted the prison sentences of former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. ... The agents were convicted of shooting at a fleeing drug smuggler and under an enhanced sentence guideline were ordered to spend more than a decade in prison.. WND reported just days ago that the action was under consideration. That was when the Department of Justice had opened a file on their case, office of agency pardon attorney Ronald Rodgers said. Rodgers spoke directly about the case by telephone with Stephen Eichler, J.D., executive director of Jim Gilchrist's Minuteman Project Inc.. Eichler initially called...
  • Bush Commutes Sentences of Two Border Agents Convicted of Shooting Drug Dealer

    01/19/2009 9:58:40 AM PST · by E.G.C. · 501 replies · 16,399+ views
    AP ^ | 1-19-09 | DEB RIECHMANN
  • Prosecutor of Jailed Border Patrol Says Sentences Too Harsh -- Time For Bush To Pardon

    01/17/2009 8:59:52 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 72 replies · 1,615+ views
    Mr. Bush, please listen to your federal prosecutor who doggedly tracked down a convicted drug smuggler in Mexico to convict Border Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos for allegedly over-zealously shooting at the smuggler after a car chase and then a foot sprint back across the border. To many supporters of the Border Patrol, Prosecutor Sutton himself was guilty of overzealousness in pursuing a criminal conviction of these agents. But this is what Sutton says about the two agents rotting in prison after two years separation from wives, children, parents and life (with nearly a decade still to serve): I...
  • GOP's Cornyn Makes Final Plea to Free Border Agents

    01/17/2009 6:08:38 AM PST · by BellStar · 44 replies · 1,203+ views ^ | Wednesday, January 14, 2009 12:26 PM | Dave Eberhart
    Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, made a final plea this week to President George Bush to commute the sentences of jailed U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. “Because of the excesses of the prosecution against them, they will continue to sit alone in those cells for another decade,” Cornyn wrote, according to a report in the WorldNetDaily. “That is unless President Bush commutes their unjust sentences. In his remaining days as president, I ask President Bush to show mercy and use his clemency power to give back Agents Ramos and Compean the next 10 years of their lives.”
  • DOJ Considering Commutation for Ramos, Compean

    01/16/2009 4:23:40 PM PST · by kellynla · 55 replies · 1,255+ views ^ | January 16, 2009 | Jerome R. Corsi
    The U.S. Department of Justice has been opened a file on imprisoned U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean and a commutation of their sentences is under review, the office of agency pardon attorney Ronald L. Rodgers confirmed to WND. Rodgers spoke directly about the case by telephone with Stephen J. Eichler, J.D., executive director of Jim Gilchrist's Minuteman Project Inc.. Sign WND's petition urging President Bush to free U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. Eichler initially called the DOJ pardon attorney's office to discuss the prospect of a presidential pardon for Ramos and Compean....
  • Tom McClintock (R-CA) Gives his First Floor Speech in Congress

    01/15/2009 9:03:44 AM PST · by ElkGroveDan · 20 replies · 1,115+ views
    CSPAN ^ | January 14, 2009
  • Backers of jailed border agents appeal to Bush

    01/15/2009 7:01:02 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 51 replies · 928+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2009 | Sara A. Carter
    Monica Ramos and Patty Compean still have hope. It is the slim hope that President Bush will, in his administration's final hours, commute the sentences of their husbands. Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, two former Border Patrol agents, were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison, respectively, in October 2006 in the nonfatal shooting of a now-convicted Mexican drug smuggler. They have been in federal prison since January 2007. The convictions of the two men led to an outcry across the nation, and nearly a half-million signatures were collected for a presidential pardon. The notoriety of the...
  • Bush on border agents: 'I'm not talking pardons'

    01/13/2009 2:06:15 AM PST · by Man50D · 88 replies · 2,055+ views ^ | January 12, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    President Bush has extensively discussed his immigration reform policy in exit interviews and given a $60,000 bonus to a Border Patrol chief who has been criticized for not supporting Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean – but he refuses to talk about whether pardons could be in store for the imprisoned agents. In a Jan. 6 interview with John Gizzi, political editor of Human Events, Bush said he regrets that the comprehensive immigration bill he endorsed did not prevail. "Well, I'm sorry it didn't pass, because I felt strongly that the comprehensive approach to immigration reform was necessary for border enforcement,...
  • Exclusive: Border Patrol Chief's Eye-Popping Bonus is Deserving of 'X-Files' Status

    01/11/2009 9:36:08 AM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies · 952+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | Jan. 9, 2009 | Michael Cutler
    What many people may not realize is that all too often, leaders of agencies are actually non-elected politicians. Someone once said that if you put more than two people together, you wind up with a political system. In order to ascend the chain of command in any organization, often the person who winds up at the top of the pyramid is the person who has demonstrated the willingness to "go along to get along." Apparently the chief of the Border Patrol is such an individual. Virtually from his very first day in office, President George W. Bush made it clear...
  • Illegal immigration hitting the heart of Green Valley ( No illegal alien activity)

    12/29/2008 1:02:00 PM PST · by HollyButler · 11 replies · 664+ views
    Green Valley News ^ | Published: Saturday, December 27, 2008 7:26 PM MST | By Jaime Richardson, Green Valley News
    The U.S. Border Patrol has reportedly apprehended nearly 6,000 illegal immigrants in Green Valley since October of 2007, down from nearly 8,000 in the previous fiscal year. “Green Valley is much better than it was a year ago,” said Mario Escalante, a Border Patrol spokesman who explained that the numbers reflect increased enforcement in the area. Still, many in the community think that number is alarmingly high, especially because it does not include surrounding cities such as Sahuarita, Amado or Tubac — only Green Valley. One of them is Kelly Walter, a Green Valley resident and staff member of the...
  • Rep. Charlie Dent Urges President Bush to Pardon Border Patrol Agents

    12/24/2008 4:24:47 AM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 50 replies · 971+ views
    Express-Times ^ | 12/22/08 | Jessica Coomes
    U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Lehigh Valley, today is sending a letter to President Bush, urging the outgoing president to pardon two former Border Patrol agents who are in prison for shooting a drug smuggler. Dent wrote that the two agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, "were acting in fulfillment of their duty and responsibility to protect our borders and enforce the law, and they have been unjustly punished for their actions." Though Dent's congressional district is hundreds of miles away from the Mexican border, the congressman has taken an interest in border-related issues because he sits on the House...
  • Bush springs drug dealers, leaves border agents to rot

    12/23/2008 8:11:29 PM PST · by Man50D · 54 replies · 1,849+ views ^ | December 23, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    President George W. Bush today added a convicted methamphetamine dealer, a cocaine distributor and two marijuana suppliers to the list of drug operators he's pardoned while in office, bringing his total of drug suppliers who have been pardoned or had their sentences commuted to 36. He's also pardoned more than a dozen thieves, seven embezzlers, an arsonist, several mail thieves, a man who violated the Neutrality Act and eight Thanksgiving turkeys, but there's been no clemency for U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were convicted of shooting at a fleeing drug smuggler. Andy Ramirez, of Friends...
  • Mr. President, Free the Border Agents (more irresponsible demagoguery from Dana Rohrabacher)

    12/17/2008 4:51:58 PM PST · by EveningStar · 43 replies · 972+ views
    Human Events ^ | December 16, 2008 | Dana Rohrabacher
    For over two and a half years, the unjust prosecution and imprisonment of U.S. Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean has weighed heavy on the hearts and minds of millions of Americans.
  • Jailed Border Agents Fate Still Unclear

    12/16/2008 11:50:05 PM PST · by Anita1 · 10 replies · 742+ views
    NewsMax ^ | December 15, 2008
    “Even if the Supreme Court reverses this injustice done to Ramos and Compean, they could expect to sit in jail for upwards of another two years — for a crime that was impossible for them to commit,” GOF officials concede. . . said Steve Elliott, president of Alliance in a recent press release. “So we’re joining a move calling for a commutation of their sentences in an effort to have these men freed and returned to their families as soon as possible.”
  • Bulletin: Border Chaos

    12/08/2008 6:42:40 AM PST · by NorthShoreGibby · 10 replies · 363+ views
    the policy project ^ | 08 December 2008 | Patrick Gibson
    "They were simply doing their job." That's what Rep. Tom Tancredo said about Border Patrol Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos, with regards to the non-fatal shooting incident that has landed them with more than a decade of prison time each. In early 2005 Compean and Ramos, in the course of their duties, came across a truck carrying a load of marijuana. Osvaldo Adrete Avila was shot in his sitter as he tried to flee the scene.
  • Agents fired on by traffickers (Incident nets pot but no arrests in failed smuggling)

    12/05/2008 5:19:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 698+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Brady McCombs
    Drug smugglers opened fire on federal agents late Monday night near Douglas during a drug bust. Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement spotted two large trucks, a Chevrolet Avalanche and a Ford F-150, using ramps to drive over an approximately 8-foot border fence about 10:30 p.m. some five miles west of Douglas on James Ranch Road, said Mike Scioli, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman. As agents approached the trucks, the drug smugglers turned around and tried to flee back into Mexico. But, agents threw down tire spikes, stopping both trucks north of the international line....
  • President Releases Drug Dealers - Ignores Compean and Ramos (No Honorable Legacy Here!)

    12/04/2008 4:25:46 AM PST · by IbJensen · 18 replies · 861+ views
    GrassTopsUSA (EMail) | 12/04/2008 | Staff
    “The fact that the president has neglected to free these men from their imprisonment while freeing drug dealers, embezzlers and other criminals is insulting to the American people. For the sake of justice, let’s hope this is not the last round of pardons and commutations.” - Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Apparently some in the Bush Administration believe drug dealers, tax evaders and bank embezzlers are deserving of pardons...... but former Border Patrol Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos - serving a combined 23 years for what Congressman Tom Tancredo described as "doing their jobs" - don't even deserve the time of...
  • Bush Throws Some Pardons: What About The Border Agents?

    11/25/2008 12:16:34 PM PST · by Jay777 · 157 replies · 2,173+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 25 Nov 08 | William Teach
    President Bush, who apparently uses the same pen for veto’s and pardons, has given out 14 and commuted the sentences of 2 others. All were pretty much low level scumbags who pretty much hurt no one but themselves, but what about the border agents? Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., noted that the list also did not include former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were convicted of shooting a drug smuggler and trying to cover it up. Ramos and Compean are each serving sentences of more than 10 years for shooting Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the buttocks while...
  • Black Leader Condemns Bush for Not Pardoning or Commuting Sentences of Jailed Border Agents...

    11/26/2008 12:25:18 AM PST · by South40 · 35 replies · 1,073+ views
    Black Leader Condemns Bush for Not Pardoning or Commuting Sentences of Jailed Border Agents During Pre-Thanksgiving Round of Executive ClemencyWashington, D.C. - Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie is condemning President Bush’s inaction regarding incarcerated Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean and is reiterating his call for a pardon or commutation of the agents' sentences before the President leaves office in January. Massie’s call comes as the White House has announced that President George W. Bush granted pre-Thanksgiving pardons to individuals involved in the distribution of drugs and bank embezzlement and commuted the sentences of two men given...
  • Bush pardons 14 and commutes 2 prison sentences

    11/24/2008 3:48:08 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 75 replies · 4,206+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Nov 2008 | Deb Riechmann
    WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush has granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others convicted of misdeeds ranging from drug offenses to tax evasion, from wildlife violations to bank embezzlement, The Associated Press learned Monday. The new round of White House pardons are Bush's first since March and come less than two months before he will end his presidency. The crimes committed by those on the list also include offenses involving hazardous waste, food stamps, and the theft of government property. Bush has been stingy during his time in office about handing out such...
  • Rapper Nabs One of Bush's Prison Passes (caught with 31 pounds of cocaine)

    11/25/2008 10:39:24 AM PST · by weegee · 27 replies · 2,047+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | POSTED: 06:41 PM ET, 11/24/2008 | Derek Kravitz
    A Grammy Award-winning rapper and music producer originally sentenced to 14 years in prison for smuggling cocaine is one of 16 people receiving pardons or reduced sentences from President Bush. John Edward Forte of North Brunswick, N.J., a graduate of the elite Phillips Exeter Academy prep school who later became a producer for the rap group The Fugees and released two albums on his own, was caught in 2000 at Newark International Airport with two briefcases filled with $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine, according to court documents. Forte, 33, a first-time offender, was convicted of possessing the 31 pounds...
  • Top 10 Things President Bush Should Do Before Leaving Office

    11/25/2008 1:32:52 AM PST · by flattorney · 30 replies · 1,437+ views
    Human Events ^ | November 25, 2008 | Staff
    10. Land use -- Review executive orders concerning the Antiquities Act designations of lands by the government. Under Bill Clinton, millions of acres of lands were locked up by executive fiat and, because these actions were not established by law, they can be undone by executive action of a subsequent President. 9. Oil drilling -- Continue to push the Outer Continental Shelf planning process so that newly opened OCS acreage can be leased for future oil drilling. 8. Oil shale leasing -- Issue the final leasing regulations for oil shale leasing in the Western United States. Without these, the U.S....
  • Lou Dobbs: Outrageous, Bush pardons 14 people, including drug dealers, but not Ramos & Compean

    11/25/2008 12:50:24 AM PST · by flattorney · 209 replies · 3,327+ views
    CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight ^ | November 24, 2008 | Transcript Staff
    - - Tonight an outrageous move from the White House, President Bush pardoning 14 people, including drug dealers. But not former border patrol agents Ramos and Compean. DOBBS: President Bush today granted 14 pardons and he commuted two prison sentences. Five of those given clemency were convicted of serious drug charges. In what is an outrageous miscarriage of justice, former border patrols Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean serving lengthy prison sentences were not included on the president's list. They are serving those sentences for shooting and wounding an illegal alien drug dealer who they were pursuing and who was given...
  • Ramos, Compean Commutation under Review by U.S. Pardon Attorney

    11/19/2008 8:57:24 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 32 replies · 1,119+ views
    CNSNews ^ | November 19, 2008 | Fred Lucas
    ( – In the waning days of the Bush administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is mulling whether to recommend a commutation for the two former Border Patrol agents jailed for more than a decade each for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler in the buttocks. The case is now before the DOJ’s Pardon Attorney Donald Rodgers. The Office of Pardon Attorney works in consultation with the attorney general’s office to assist the president, who has sole power of clemency in federal cases under the Constitution. Ultimately, it is the president’s call regardless of what the Office of Pardon Attorney recommends....
  • Time for a pardon, President Bush [Ramos/Compean]

    11/19/2008 5:44:10 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 456+ views
    It's both baffling and disappointing that President Bush has not already pardoned two U.S. Border Patrol agents imprisoned since 2007 for wounding a fleeing illegal alien who entered the United States in a van with 743 pounds of marijuana. Time is running out for Mr. Bush to act to correct what one congressman calls "the worst miscarriage of justice that I have witnessed in the 30 years I've been in Washington."