Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ramos, Compean Commuted

  • In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday granted early prison releases to two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer fueled the national debate over illegal immigration.

    Bush, responding to heavy pressure from Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, commuted the prison sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. The two guards from El Paso, Texas, each were sentenced to more than 10 years for the shooting, which they tried to cover up. They will be released within two months.

    Opposition to their convictions, sentencing and firings has simmered ever since the shooting occurred in 2005.
  • Former Gov. George Ryan’s prospects of getting out of federal prison early appear to be dimming, Sen. Dick Durbin said today.

    Last month, Durbin asked President Bush to set Ryan free after serving slightly more than a year of his 6 1/2-year term for corruption while governor and secretary of state.

    But that possibility of an early release now appears remote because of collateral damage from Gov. Blagojevich’s Dec. 9 arrest on corruption charges, Durbin said.

Keep on serving that sentence George. Blago is going to need pointers shortly. Shortshanks, too, if we're lucky.

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Anonymous Q said...

thank god he did somthing right free those guys who toasted a mexican drug dealer

1/20/2009 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the good news and better news, but let's not forget the bad news - we have a new teleprompter-reader-in-chief: Pres-uh-dent Barack Obam-uh. (For those of you who gulped down the kool-aid, that's a reference to his non-scripted speech patterns.)

1/20/2009 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commuted. Not pardoned. No voting, no firearm ownership, no way to make a living in their chosen profession. Yeah, great move, George. Law enforcement thanks you.

And then, to add insult to injury, the papers report they'll be out in about two months. Two MONTHS? How about two hours, or at most two days? And if they get hurt or killed inside while they're waiting? Well, that's okay, because George thinks he did the 'right thing'. Self-righteous pompous ass. Buh-bye, George. After this travesty you commmitted today, I'm glad you're gone.

1/20/2009 12:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roll over, face the stone wall & die, asshole!

1/20/2009 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous R J J said...

It should have been a full pardon. But then they should never have been tried, much less convicted.

1/20/2009 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best news all week. Should have been a full pardon, not just commutation.
Justice will not have been done until they are no longer convicted felons and that scheming POS Assistant US Attorney is chasing slip and falls for a living.

1/20/2009 12:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm holding my breath on Ryan...

I'm hoping he's not pardoned at like 1159 hours today, right when the world turns its attention to the inaugeration...

This ONE act, leaving Ryan in jail to rot, and leaving a message to Blago and elected officials everywhere, will seriously alter my view of George Bush. Somehow, I can't help but think that Cheney will somehow influence Bush to release this felon.

My only beef with Ramos & Compean is that they were commuted instead of pardoned.

1/20/2009 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is long overdue! They should have been pardoned, not commuted.

Ramos and Compean was another complete Federal miscarriage of justice.

1/20/2009 01:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can only hope and pray that Daley gets to share a cell with Blago and Ryan.

1/20/2009 02:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This shit makes me sick. The border agents shoot a drug smuggler crossing ilegaly and poses a threat to the agents and the USA. The agents go to jail the shit bag gets out of jail testifies to some bullshit against the agents. Then the jag off has the audacity to return to the USA ilegaly while smuggling some more dope. This nation has lost all priorities. AARGH! enough already.

1/20/2009 05:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GWB says "I was the gov of Texas and you want me to pardon a guy who let people OFF death row?" "I don't think so."

1/20/2009 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ramos & Compean wished their sentence to be commuted so that the can still clear their names in court. They did not want to be pardoned.

1/20/2009 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never heard how they allegedly tried to cover it up. Something about getting rid of the shell casings. Can anyone elaborate?

1/20/2009 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it was the right thing to do. They clearly engaged in at least some post shooting criminality (even if the shooting was ok- a dubious proposition at best) so they should not get off scot free, but being fired and losing their voting rights and such is adequate.

1/20/2009 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/20/2009 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger RoaVaPD said...

Should have been a pardon. Should have happened a long time ago. Glad they're getting out!

1/20/2009 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they should have been pardoned

1/20/2009 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it was the right thing to do. They clearly engaged in at least some post shooting criminality (even if the shooting was ok- a dubious proposition at best) so they should not get off scot free, but being fired and losing their voting rights and such is adequate.

1/20/2009 11:17:00 AM

GO FUCK YOURSELF!!! You obviously know NOTHING about this case and the simple fact is the mexican government pressured the U.S. government into this and that asshole weasel of a U.S. attorney Johnny Sutton(a close friend of bush) went on a witch hunt after these two heros. The same U.S. attoney who also went on a witch hunt against a sheriff in Texas after, you guessed it, pressure from the worthless government to the south. So since you don't know the facts of this case and ARE NOT a cop please shut the fuck up and stay of this blog you worthless liberal piece of shit. Ignacio RAMOS and Jose COMPEAN, Welcome home...

1/20/2009 03:52:00 PM  
Blogger Elm Creek Smith said...

I would have preferred a pardon to correct an over-reaction on the prosecutor's part. They should have, at most, been reprimanded by their chain of command for poor shooting.

I guess we'll have to wait for President Palin or President Jindal to pardon them in 2013.


1/20/2009 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama would have had their sentences increased as they violated a citizen of the world's civil rights. Viva Bush!

1/20/2009 04:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/20/2009 06:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heard one of their wives on am 560 they did not want a pardon. they would have had to admit guilt. all they wanted was commutation

1/20/2009 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Commuting was Correct, as the Agents did lie and attempt to cover up, and falsified reports. Otherwise a full Pardon would be in order. Typical Feds, not too bright, but their Intentions were fantastic, except that it ain't like that here anymore. Learn from their mistakes,, YOU could be next, no kidding around...

1/20/2009 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully now RYAN'S memory will start working again, and the ONLY Choice he will have is to Sing like a Canary to the Feds, in hopes of getting his sentence shaved. Richie, Durbin, and Stroger,, what do you think? Asses puckering a bit? Too f'n bad.... HA-HA-HA-HA-HA. Don't worry, when Obama leaves office, maybe he'll pardon you all too.

1/20/2009 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess we'll have to wait for President Palin or President Jindal to pardon them in 2013.
1/20/2009 03:56:00 PM

What a ticket Palin/Jindal would be, this could actually get me motivated in the GOP again.

History will prove that the true conservative candidate of 2008 was Ron Paul.

1/20/2009 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Mexico on the verge of collapse ridden with crime and poverty. It sure is easy to understand all that Mexican pride. VIVA LA RAZA!!!!!!!!!!!! I love my country so much I live in it. Before you call me racist, Im part Mexican and I sent money to Ramos and Compean, who are also Mexican.

1/21/2009 03:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You blast a drug dealer in this stinking ghetto and you take the fall and daley pays out to the next of kin. No wonder no one wants to do any police work anymore. Im chosing florida or texas as my next location ! I hear in Miami, they went through october with NO murders..due in part to a large number of concealed carry permits, and honoring out of state carry permits. They have made it too dangerous for criminals to operate in that city. Too bad shortshanks will never allow that here.

1/21/2009 04:38:00 PM  

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