A Just And Good Final Act

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bush, Immigration, Law

If you know anything about the case of former border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, you’ll know that Bush’s commutation of the remaining amount of their sentence is justice being served.

And let’s face it, if Scooter Libby got his sentence commuted, these guys should too.

First, the backstory…

Ramos and Compean were sentenced in connection with the shooting of Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, who was shot in the buttocks while trying to flee along the Texas border. He admitted smuggling several hundred pounds of marijuana on the day he was shot and pleaded guilty last year to drug charges related to two other smuggling attempts.

The pair’s case ignited debate across the country, as a chorus of organizations and members of Congress — many of them Republican — argued that the men were just doing their jobs. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., was particularly outspoken on the issue, at one time describing Ramos and Compean as “unjustly convicted men who never should have been prosecuted in the first place.”

And here’s more about the commutation from CNN:

“The president has reviewed the circumstances of this case as a whole and the conditions of confinement and believes the sentences they received are too harsh and that they, and their families, have suffered enough for their crimes,” a senior administration official said. [...]

“This commutation gives them an opportunity to return to their families and communities, but both men will have to carry the burden of being convicted felons and the shame of violating their oaths for the rest of their lives.”

The official noted that both Democratic and Republican members of Congress have supported a commutation, including President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, and Texas GOP senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn.

It’s not very often you have bi-partisan support for things like this and I applaud Bush for doing this.


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5 Responses to “A Just And Good Final Act”

  1. ExiledIndependent Says:

    /agree, Justin.

  2. Loviatar Says:

    Do you guys even read the news.

    These 2 “law officers” shot a man in the back as he was fleeing, a man who made no thereating gestures towards the officers. They then proceed to try and cover up the act and they got caught, prosecuted and sentenced by the system (you know the “justice system”) that Americans praise daily. The same system that has placed millions of black men behind bars on mandatory sentences for minor crimes, but the same system that only seems to apply to the “others” and the disenfranchised within our community, never the well connected (Scooter Libby) or the politically correct.

    Justin, I have a suggestion, next time a minority complains about the justice system STFU!!!!!!!!

  3. Loviatar Says:

    I guess you guys would also be for Bush pardoning Johannes Mehserle.

    I mean he also shot an unarmed minority in the back and he’ll probably try and cover it up, so Bush should just go ahead and save us all the time and preemptively pardon him.

  4. Mark Says:

    Police and Law Enforcement should be held to a higher standard than general citizens. shooting someone in the back that you didn’t even think was doing anything more illegal than crossing the border, and *then* trying to cover it up. is not someone I think of as deserving of a commuted sentence.

    Heck why not pardon or commute any sentence for Johannes Mehserle, he simply shot someone in the back who was handcuffed and on the ground.

    meanwhile a civilian is woken suddenly when his house is broken into by armed intruders and he grabs his gun and shoot at them, only to find it was police officers performing a no knock raid (under false pretenses at that). So now he’s charged with attempted murder and assaulting a police officer.

    But these two fine young men. They need to be free.

    Right

  5. CWren Says:

    They SHOULD have received COMPLETE PARDONS.

    The drug runner was not shot in the back.. no matter how many times that lie is told.. it is STILL A LIE.

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