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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ramos and Compean To Be Free -- Thank God!

President Bush commuted the sentences of Ramos and Compean, the border guards unjustly prosecuted for shooting at a proven drug smuggler. Thank God.

The humiliation for Ramos and Compean is not over though. Because they received a commutation and not a pardon, they will be on supervised release for 3 years and must pay a fine. And they must wait until March to get out of prison.

In one news report, an unnamed source in the Justice Department decries the commutation because the prisoners were unrepentant. That also means the Justice Department is unrepentant for what they did to Ramos and Compean.

The Ramos and Compean prosecution is one of the more sensational Mad Hatter prosecutions where minor irregularities among law enforcers get treated as the most heinous crimes on earth. All the stops pulled out. No expense spared.

The unequal battle goes something like this. Unless the law enforcer agrees to a lesser charge, the charges and consequences get ratcheted up. Like you see on TV with assorted bad guys and scum bags. The law enforcer resists, thinks he or she is innocent and had done the right thing and puts their faith in the system. But it’s a stacked deck. The feds have the deep pockets and soon the defendant’s resources are drained. They can’t afford the best lawyers. A jury gets to hear only some of the truth. The feds often get away with hiding evidence, mishandling evidence, or in the Ramos_Compean case, giving immunity to serious criminals to testify against the law enforcers. Wow! That passes for justice.

I’m not done yet. I’m on a rant. That brings me to the case of Stephanie Mohr. She was convicted of a civil rights violation for letting her police dog bite an illegal alien from Central America. So the Justice Department gleefully sent her to prison for 10 years.

But a dog bite was only the excuse for prosecution. The white woman found herself on the wrong side of the race card. And Justice happily exploited it. You see, she often had to patrol in tough black neighborhoods, where resentment was high, and where tough language was often heard on both sides. The NAACP got its mits in this one. The prosecution found a disgruntled black woman who’d had a previous encounter with Stephanie. Her testimony was irrelevant to the illegal alien dog bite, but was allowed anyway. All this played out before a minority jury (note, not a jury of her peers). Again, all the stops were pulled out. The criminal aliens under immunity were brought back from Central America to testify against the white woman. Throw in a liberal trial judge and later a liberal Clinton-appointed appellate judge, and you get a draconian sentence handed down on a white police woman. Not really for a dog bite. But for her potential thoughts.

Stephanie still rots in federal prison. Unjustly. Another 5 years with no possibility of parole. Wow! That passes for justice.

The Mad Hatter, “Off With Her Head” mentality in the Justice Department, Civil Rights division badly needs reform and new leadership. Unfortunately, under Obama, it may get even worse.

So what is the ordinary citizen to do? View the Justice much like the IRS. A large overgown federal department to be feared but not really respected. Above all don’t confuse it with actual justice. Right now, the Justice Department, Civil Right Division is a friend of drug thugs on both sides of the border, and on occasion, reverse racism.

I’m still not done. I gotta bring the Bible into it. The great sin of Jezebel was using the judicial process for an unjust result. Even though every “i” was dotted and every “t” crossed, as with the Ramos-Compean and Mohr cases, the result is still unjust. So in my opinion, every one involved in the prosecution of these two cases shares in the same sin as Jezebel.


Blogger G-Man said...

Good post, minor correction. Ramos and Compean were not eligible for a pardon. A commutation is the best they could have received. Still, I fail to understand why it is dated for March 20 and not January 20.

Throughout his presidency, Bush has demonstrated character, humility, and compassion for fellow man that are above reproach. But, allowing these two agents – and Stephanie Mohr – to sit in jail for doing their thankless jobs has me quite puzzled.

What does President Bush know that we don't know?

It is obvious that Ramos and Compean were wrongfully convicted – jurors have said as much. Why wait until the 11th hour to commute them?

It doesn't make sense that Bush would wait to save himself some political grief. After taking the slings and arrows of slanderous attacks over Iraq and the economy, what grief is left from displaying compassion for wrongfully convicted border agents?

I hesitate to venture in this direction, but it seems as if Ramos and Compean were pawns in a bigger drama that might include deals made with the likes of, maybe, Mexico. Or, have I been watching too much '24'?

1/20/2009 9:23 PM  
Blogger Force50 said...

G-Man, please explain the first sentence, that Ramos and Compean were not eligible for a pardon. I am not as familiar with the procedure as you. Please don't say that it was because they were unrepentant, a Catch-22 for these good guys who were doing their jobs and keeping us safe from drug thugs.

1/22/2009 10:05 AM  
Blogger G-Man said...

The following is from the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 28, Chapter 1, Part 1, Section 1.2:

No petition for pardon should be filed until the expiration of a waiting period of at least five years after the date of the release of the petitioner from confinement or, in case no prison sentence was imposed, until the expiration of a period of at least five years after the date of the conviction of the petitioner. Generally, no petition should be submitted by a person who is on probation, parole, or supervised release.

It is my understanding that, under the guidelines above, Ramos and Campean requested clemency and not a pardon. They still have appeals pending and a pardon may be interpreted as admission of guilt. Clemency may keep their options open for clearing their names – maybe even seeking retribution. (I do not know whether the appeals case is affected by their clemency or if there is any recourse available for wrongful imprisonment and lost wages should their convictions be overturned.)

1/22/2009 5:15 PM  

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