Latest Jose Compean Items
George Orwell said, "To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle." I have been reminded of that sentiment recently after watching politicians and pundits criticize the imposition of excessive mandatory minimum sentences and then blame everyone and everything except the actual sentencing law that required the excessive punishments.
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 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.
U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's attack on your editorial "Pardon Ramos and Compean" of May 15 actually makes the case for a pardon for Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean based on Mr. Sutton's obstruction of justice and other misconduct ("Justice was served to Ramos, Compean," Letters, yesterday). Necessarily, he invokes the lofty principle that a jury determines the credibility of witnesses and that, in this case, the jurors believed the drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila. That, however, is precisely the point. Would they have done so if they had known that Aldrete-Davila had been caught smuggling again between the date of the shooting and the trial and, further, that his continuation of criminality was in direct violation of his sworn promises under the immunity granted to him?
Regarding your editorial of May 15, 2008, "Pardon Ramos and Compean," I am disappointed that more than a year after the trial transcripts were posted on my office's website, responsible publications such as yours continue to rely on myth, misconception and misunderstanding to characterize former Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos as victims of a misguided prosecution.
Two California congressmen, one of whom introduced legislation this year calling for a congressional pardon for two U.S. Border Patrol agents, say that if President Bush can commute the prison sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr., he can order pardons for the agents.