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.
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.
President Bush has disappointed his staunchest supporters no few times during his presidency, but nothing — not even his failed attempt to force a flawed immigration bill upon the nation — has been more disappointing than his refusal to pardon or commute the sentences of incarcerated border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean.