Yesterday, Seeing Red AZ posted an overview of the unreasonable treatment and excessive sentences meted out to former U.S. Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. We called upon President Bush to pardon the men or at least commute their sentences.
The article carried the lengthy title: President Bush: As you leave office, do the right thing – commute the sentences of U.S. Border patrol agents.
At the time it was written, we were unaware that Jose Compean was being resentenced that very day and Ignacio Ramos is scheduled to appear in court today for his resentencing. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out some convictions against Ramos and Compean earlier this year, prompting Wednesday’s actions, but the court upheld the majority of the case, according to an AP account on OneNewsNow.
Ramos and Compean are serving 11- and 12-year prison sentences, respectively, after a jury convicted them in 2006 of violating federal gun laws and covering up the shooting of a drug smuggler as he fled back to Mexico after driving across the border with 743 pounds of marijuana.
U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton gave the smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, immunity to serve as the government’s star witness and testify against the border agents.
We reminded readers that in 2007 President Bush commuted the 2 1/2 year prison sentence of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, before he spent a single day in federal prison.
It is long past time for Bush to show mercy to these border agents who were prosecuted while a drug smuggler went free. As of today, there are only 68 days until the president leaves office. Time is running out.
Once again, we include White House contact information, which is available here.