Saturday, January 20, 2007

Congress Bill Seeks Amnesty for Border Patrol Agents

Update Watching Developments.

Congressman tells Fox news on Saturday legislative Bill seeks amnesty for convicted and jailed border patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean.

Fox interviews U.S. Congressman Ed Royce, a Republican...

Host lays out the story saying the men were convicted of shooting a drug smuggler in the back... (actually, it was the buttocks)

Royce says Congress is considering a bill to give amnesty basically a pardon to Ramos and Compean who began serving 11 and 12 year sentences Wednesday.

Royce averred the incarceration of the agents in a federal prison was dangerous...

27 percent of the inmates are illegal aliens and with ties to the same cartels the border patrol agents are trying to battle.

At the end of the interview, the host says President Bush has also said he would consider a pardon.

Royce says they've asked President Bush for just such a pardon of the men.

Net the Truth Online January 20, 2007


House of Representatives press release re: Bill to pardon border agents

Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 16:10:40 -0500
Congressman Duncan Hunter
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington D.C. 20515



Washington D.C. - Today, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) introduced the Congressional Pardon for Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean Act. The legislation pardons convicted Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who reported to prison yesterday to begin serving 11 and 12 year sentences respectively. The conviction derived from an incident involving their efforts to apprehend a drug smuggler on the international border with Mexico...

Net the Truth Online has not been able to verify the original source for this story.

Bush to talk to border agents' families
Convicted border guards hoping for pardon in shooting
By Sara A. Carter, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 01/20/2007 12:00:00 AM PST

President Bush is expected to reach out to the families of two Texas Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler.

White House staff contacted former agent Ignacio Ramos' family early Friday, assuring them the president would call them soon, said Monica Ramos, the agent's wife.

Ramos and fellow former agent Jose Alonso Compean were convicted last spring on multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, for the nonfatal shooting of Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila on Feb. 17, 2005.
Earlier this week, the agents turned themselves in to U.S. Marshals to begin serving 11 and 12 years, respectively, in federal prison.

The pair has found support for a presidential pardon in the form of legislation sponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, and in petitions with more than 250,000 signatures.

More than 70 representatives have signed on to Hunter's legislation, making it the first time in American history that Congress has taken an active role in the pardon process, said Joseph Bessette, professor of government and ethics at Claremont McKenna College.

Bessette added that the decision to grant a pardon still rests solely with the president.

Bush indicated in a television interview Thursday that he would review the case, leaving open the possibility of a pardon...

find story posted at
World Net Daily publishes KFOX-TV verbatum without attribution - very odd

The Corsi interviews of U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton are a must read. But as the defense was not also interviewed concerning the facts of the case, the report remains one-sided.

Meet man who prosecuted jailed Border Patrol agents
'Reasonable people can argue about punishment, whether [it] was too harsh'
Posted: January 20, 2007

1:00 a.m. Eastern

Editor's note: WND's Jerome R. Corsi scored an exclusive in-depth interview with U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton and spoke with him regarding his prosecution of Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, who went to prison Wednesday amid the protests of many Americans and angry lawmakers seeking a pardon from President Bush. Sutton agreed to talk to WND on the condition his interview was published in Q&A form and his remarks were unedited.

President Bush, while leaving the door open to a possible presidential pardon, has urged people to "take a sober look at the case," saying it has to work its way through the system.

"People need to take a tough look at the facts, the evidence a jury looked at, as well as the judge. And I will do the same thing," he said.

Border agents' prosecutor responds to critics
U.S. attorney: 'I understand the public relations problem the case has caused'
Posted: January 19, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2007

also see Justice Department release


Special counsel sought for imprisoned border agents
Head of union wants probe of case against 'innocent men doing their job'
Posted: January 18, 2007 By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2007

Jurors say they were misled to convict agents
Louie Gilot, El Paso Times

Article Launched: 10/18/2006

Yesterday, we posted a wealth of material including an unofficial transcript of KFOX-TV's Alison Burns face-to-face interview with President Bush in El Paso, Texas.

Our analysis proves the KFOX-TV proclamation Bush: Convicted Border Agents Could Be Pardoned is not only misleading, it is pure falsehood.

Watch the video for yourself... Bush does not say what the headliner states.

Convicted Border Agents Could Be Pardoned

Here's Ramos' version of what happened that day:

Ramos said his pursuit of Aldrete-Davila was nothing different from what he's done in the past 10 years as a Border Patrol agent.

"How are we supposed to follow the Border Patrol strategy of apprehending terrorists or drug smugglers if we are not supposed to pursue fleeing people?" he continued. "Everybody who's breaking the law flees from us. What are we supposed to do? Do they want us to catch them or not?"

Ramos also said that both supervisors who were at the scene knew shots had been fired but did not file reports.

"You need to tell a supervisor because you can't assume that a supervisor knows about it," Kanof countered. "You have to report any discharge of a firearm."

Mary Stillinger, Ramos' attorney, and Maria Ramirez, Compean's attorney, said during the trial that every other Border Patrol agent at the scene also failed to report shots had been fired.

"Every single witness has a reason to lie," Ramirez said, referring to the immunity granted to Aldrete-Davila and the other agents in exchange for testifying against Ramos and Compean.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Table of Offenses and Penalties, failure to report that a weapon has been fired in the line of duty is punishable by a five-day suspension

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