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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Jesus E. Diaz Jr.
Ignoring calls for leniency, the Justice Department has told a jailed former Border Patrol agent it will start docking his commissary account as a way to begin assessing nearly $7,000 in fines, even though a judge told him he wouldn't have to start paying immediately.
Lady Justice has tossed aside her blindfold and tipped her scale. A border-crossing drug smuggler walks free while the officer who arrested him has been jailed. In the age of Obama, the law has been turned upside down.
Thirty-seven Republican House members are challenging the two-year prison sentence being served by a U.S. Border Patrol agent for his conduct in the arrest of a drug-smuggling suspect, while a dozen other lawmakers are pressing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to explain his role in the botched "Fast and Furious" weapons investigation.
A suspected drug smuggler, whose 2008 arrest resulted in a two-year prison sentence for a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of violating his civil rights, was interviewed by officials at the Mexican Consulate in Texas and later made available to testify against the agent under a grant of immunity, records show.
The union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents is challenging an effort by Texas prosecutors to block the release of information used to build a successful case against a Border Patrol agent convicted of wielding excessive force, saying the American public has a right to see the evidence.
The Justice Department this week demanded former Border Patrol Agent Jesus E. Diaz Jr.'s family immediately pay a nearly $7,000 fine and imposed a lien on his property.
The vice president of the union that represents all 17,000 nonsupervisory U.S. Border Patrol agents said Thursday that federal prosecutors spent "thousands of man-hours and millions of tax dollars" to win a two-year prison sentence for an agent accused of using excessive force on a drug-smuggling suspect.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was pressed Wednesday by Republican lawmakers for more information on the February killing of a U.S. agent in Mexico and the prison sentence given last week to another U.S. agent for using unreasonable force in the detention of a suspected drug smuggler.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to two years in prison for improperly lifting the arms of a suspected 15-year-old drug smuggler while handcuffed — in what the Justice Department called a deprivation of the teenager's constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force.
He said the case proceeded against Diaz even though Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General and ICE's Office of Professional responsibility cleared Diaz of any wrongdoing.