Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ramos and Compean finally free (they never should have been in prison to begin with!)

This morning, former Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos were freed from the federal prisons they had been in, and rejoined their families.

About time. But then, their imprisonment was a travesty of justice from the beginning. Regardless of their sentences being commuted, a whole lot of people in this country will never forgive George W. Bush and his lackey Johnny Sutton for taking sides with a known drug smuggler against two men who were trying to protect their country's safety and sovereignty.

No, I won't be one to forgive Bush for that, either.

That said: it's good that Ramos and Compean are back home.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

We can only hope that their case before the Supreme Ct gets heard, and their convictions completely overthrown and their jobs given back.

Now THAT would be an epic slap in the face of Bush and Sutton.

Don't think it will happen though.

Sigh.

Anonymous said...

The tragic part of this story is that these guys became the darlings of the xenophobes and all justice was thrown out on both sides due to the resultant publicity frenzy. While they were probably treated much more harshly then necessary, they did shoot a suspect and then covered it up. This is not acceptable behavior by law enforcement and if it happened around here the folks on this blog would be screaming about the evil government agents. The whole thing probably worked out about even.

Chris Knight said...

Nobody will seriously deny that Ramos and Compean made mistakes. But the handling of their prosecution, from the federal court on up, smacked WAY too much of political taint. There is plenty enough reason to sincerely argue that the Bush Administration sought to "make an example" of them and not out of the purest of motivations.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ramos and Compean finally free (they never should have been in prison to begin with!)

This morning, former Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos were freed from the federal prisons they had been in, and rejoined their families.

About time. But then, their imprisonment was a travesty of justice from the beginning. Regardless of their sentences being commuted, a whole lot of people in this country will never forgive George W. Bush and his lackey Johnny Sutton for taking sides with a known drug smuggler against two men who were trying to protect their country's safety and sovereignty.

No, I won't be one to forgive Bush for that, either.

That said: it's good that Ramos and Compean are back home.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

We can only hope that their case before the Supreme Ct gets heard, and their convictions completely overthrown and their jobs given back.

Now THAT would be an epic slap in the face of Bush and Sutton.

Don't think it will happen though.

Sigh.

Anonymous said...

The tragic part of this story is that these guys became the darlings of the xenophobes and all justice was thrown out on both sides due to the resultant publicity frenzy. While they were probably treated much more harshly then necessary, they did shoot a suspect and then covered it up. This is not acceptable behavior by law enforcement and if it happened around here the folks on this blog would be screaming about the evil government agents. The whole thing probably worked out about even.

Chris Knight said...

Nobody will seriously deny that Ramos and Compean made mistakes. But the handling of their prosecution, from the federal court on up, smacked WAY too much of political taint. There is plenty enough reason to sincerely argue that the Bush Administration sought to "make an example" of them and not out of the purest of motivations.