Monday, January 19, 2009

Free at Last

OK, with the above headline, and today being the celebration of the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. one might think that I was about to give tribute to the late, great Dr. King.  Instead I am talking about President Bush, on his final full day in office, finally commuting the sentences of wrongly convicted US Border Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos.  A full pardon would have been preferable, but at least these two men will be released from prison in the near future.

Compean and Ramos while performing their duties encountered an illegal alien attempting to smuggle over 700 pounds of marijuana over the Texas/Mexico border.  In their pursuit of this dirtbag, they believed him to be armed and fired their weapons, hitting him in the ass.  The US Attorney gave immunity to the smuggler to testify against Compean and Ramos who were convicted primarily on his testimony.  He has since been arrested and convicted of smuggling more drugs across the border.

There are few causes that have led me to email or write to our elected officials.  This was one that I did feel compelled to write.  Not that it made a difference, but I did send an email to the White House encouraging the President to pardon these two men who were trying to keep our country safe.  Thankfully, Compean and Ramos will soon be able to be with their families again.    


  1. I am glad they they will be freed as well. Do your job and still worry that you can be put in jail? Had they not shot the slimeball one of them may have been killed.

  2. Especially doing what these guys were doing every day. Putting there lives on the line and this is the reward they get for capturing a criminal



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