Monday, January 19, 2009


In his next to last day in office, President George W. Bush has commuted the prison sentences of former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. Border control advocates have been loudly calling on President Bush to pardon Ramos and Compean for some time, claiming that their sentences of 11 and 12 years respectively were a miscarriage of justice.

The former agents were convicted of shooting Osvaldo Aldrete, a drug smuggler, in the butt in 2005. as he fled across the border at the Rio Grande, after abandoning a vehicle loaded with marijuana. The agents claimed that they believed Aldrete was armed and that they had to fire in self-defense. Aldrete received only minor injuries from the shooting and was given full immunity from prosecution by the government for testimony against Ramos and Compean.

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