Monday, January 19, 2009

Bush Commutes Sentences of Two Border Agents Convicted of Shooting Drug Dealer

Way to go GW. In this bloggers mind you now have acheived a Presidential legacy rating of 8 on a scale of 1-10 having lost a full half point do this this gross and inexcusable miscarriage of justice.
WASHINGTON – In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited fierce debate about illegal immigration.

Bush's decision to commute the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who tried to cover up the shooting, was welcomed by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress. They had long argued that the agents were merely doing their jobs, defending the American border against criminals. They also maintained that the more than 10-year prison sentences the pair was given were too harsh.

Rancor over their convictions, sentencing and firings has simmered ever since the shooting occurred in 2005.

Ramos and Compean became a rallying point among conservatives and on talk shows where their supporters called them heroes. Nearly the entire bipartisan congressional delegation from Texas and other lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle pleaded with Bush to grant them clemency.
BTW, is Michelle Malkin suffering from BDS? After no less than 6 articles slamming the President for his lack of intervention in the prosecution and incarceration of Ramos and Compean she is all of the sudden "speechless" concerning his recent cummutation of their sentences. What's up Michelle, Crickets got your tongue?

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