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.