Tuesday, December 11, 2007

George Bush issues Pardons, But Two Too Few

President Bush granted pardons Tuesday to carjackers, drug dealers, a moonshiner and a violator of election laws. In all, Bush pardoned 29 convicts and reduced the prison sentence of one more, in the end-of-the-year presidential tradition. But there was no Christmas pardon for Border Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos this year, nor to Lewis "Scooter" Libby, his vice president's former top aide who was convicted in the case of the leaked identity of a CIA operative. Libby however, did receive a commutation of his sentence from the President, earlier this year.

The list was issued with little fanfare Tuesday afternoon by the Office of the Pardon Attorney at the Justice Department. Bush was not expected to issue any more pardons this year. And despite heroic efforts by Representative Duncan Hunter, who handed a letter urging pardoning the two men directly to Bush last month, and a bipartisan House resolution also urging the President to do the same, all failed.

The bill was shelved this week after coauthor Rep. Dana Rohrabacher lamented the efforts of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, whom he blamed for lobbying the resolution into political limbo.
"The [Democratic] leadership has gone along with the Hispanic Caucus and their claim that Ramos and Compean are guilty of police brutality," he said. "Instead of being proud Mexican-Americans who are defending our border, the Hispanic Caucus is portraying them as renegade cops who committed police brutality."

Presently, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, is hearing the appeal of agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, and the three-judge panel will typically issue a decision within four to six weeks of hearing the arguments.

STATEMENT OF U.S. ATTORNEY JOHNNY SUTTON FOLLOWING TODAY’S ORAL ARGUMENT BEFORE THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT IN RE: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. IGNACIO RAMOS AND JOSE ALONSO COMPEAN:

"This case has always been about the rule of law. Some in the media and on the Internet have tried to portray Agents Compean and Ramos as heroes but that narrative is false. The actions of Compean and Ramos in shooting an unarmed, fleeing suspect, destroying evidence, and engaging in a cover-up, are serious crimes."

A judgment in favor of Ramos and Compean could reverse their convictions and demand a new trial.

Every case is about the rule of law, you jerk. Get a clue! Even cases about stealing cars and making moonshine.

George Bush and Johnny Sutton are old Austin, Texas friends, and tight. I guess it would hurt Johnny's feelings if his old pal George pardoned two outstanding men who he, Johnny had gone to such SHADY lengths to convict.

5 comments:

Abouna said...

I do not expect Bush would ever pardon the two border agents, because it would upset the presidente of Mexico and it would not fit in with his agenda for a North American Union.

Chris Caesar said...

An attribution would be nice.

Chris Caesar

The Localmalcontent said...

No problemo, Chris! And by the Way, Hail Caesar! In case it matters, somewhere.
Attributions, as you call them:

http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58991

http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/clerk/calendar/0712/20.htm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10595935/

Sorry, but you do not warrant HTML coding... not till I see your site.

Chris Caesar said...

No, I mean, you used the wording for the article I wrote in the DailyPilot, my man.

http://www.dailypilot.com/articles/2007/12/12/politics/dpt-resolution11.txt

The Localmalcontent said...

Chris, try to get a grip on realism in all things, especially this.
I understand your complete distraction by nearby Hollywood, but this is too important a national matter to rely upon the words of mere actors.