Monday, January 19, 2009

President Bush Commutes Sentences of Agents Ramos and Compean

President Bush commuted the sentences of former Border Agent Ramos and Compean. The clemency comes nearly two years to the date the agents began their prison terms.

Ramos and Compean entered prison on January 17, 2007. After a long, hard fought battle waged with bi-partisan support and promises of relentless grassroots action our border defenders are coming home.

The prison term will end on March 20, 2009 and they will be reunited with their families. Reports indicate that Bush didn't pardon the men for their crimes, but decided instead to commute their prison sentences because he believed they were excessive and that they had already suffered the loss of their jobs, freedom and reputations.

Many have taken up the call for action for the imprisoned border agents. A tireless advocate for the men, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif had this to say to, "his [President Bush] own stubbornness was overcome by better parts of his own soul." "The order reaffirms our faith that the system works, if indeed the American people are willing to work at it."

The agents were fired after their convictions on several charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon and with serious bodily injury, violation of civil rights and obstruction of justice. All their convictions, except obstruction of justice, were upheld on appeal.

Former Agents Ramos and Compean’s only hope was an act of clemency; they received that today. White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said Monday's commutations would be President Bush's last acts of clemency.


President Bush Commutes Sentences of Agents Ramos and Compean

Bush Commutes Sentences for Two Former Border Patrol Agents | Political News -


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Anonymous said...

Not good enough..but ok