Saturday, March 28, 2009

Supreme Court to announce this week whether it will review Ramos, Compean convictions

David Botsford, attorney for former Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos, expects that the Supreme Court will announce this week whether it will review the prosecution and conviction of Ramos and Jose Compean. Together with Compean’s attorney, Botsford has asked the Supreme Court to wipe the convictions off the record.

The sentences of the two former agents were commuted by former President George W. Bush on his last day in office. The two were prosecuted for the nonfatal shooting of a Mexican drug smuggler after he abandoned a load of marijuana near the border.

The former agents were released from prison February 17 and confined to house arrest for 31 days. They were barred from speaking pubicly until their sentences ended March 20.

Several members of Congress had called on Bush over the years to either pardon the agents or commute their sentences. At one point, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton in Texas, whose office prosecuted the case, said in an interview that the 'punishment was high' but that Congress had mandated the sentences by requiring that 10 years be added to any sentence for discharge of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Members of U.S. Border Control, with other border security activists, had gathered millions of the signatures asking Bush to pardon or commute the sentences of the two men.


  1. hmm.. They were barred from speaking pubicly until their sentences ended March 20.

  2. My belief is that then-President Bush sacrificed them as part of an ongoing effort to discourage BP agents from apprehending illegal border crossers. The message was loud and clear: if you do your job, you will be punished.

    This is the same tactic that Clinton used to discourage DMW workers who were concerned that they were handing out licenses AND voter register registration cards to illegal aliens. Clinton sent a memo stating that any employee who asked an applicant if they were a U.S. citizen would be prosecuted by his U.S. Civil Rights Commission to the full extent of the law.
    And that, my friend, is why we will have millions of illegal aliens voting for Obama this Fall.


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