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Bush Commutes Compean and Ramos Sentences

At the 11th hour of his Presidency, George W. Bush has commuted the prison sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. While their story did get much attention in mainstream media circles, the fight for their freedom has become a rallying cry for conservatives over the last few years. The two men were sentenced to over 10 years for shooting a convicted drug smuggler as he fled from a van packed with marijuana. AP Reports:

Compean and Ramos were convicted of shooting admitted drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the buttocks as he fled across the Rio Grande, away from an abandoned van load of marijuana. He remains in a low-security prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

The border agents claimed at their trials that they believed the smuggler was armed and that they shot him in self defense. The prosecutor in the case, a U.S. attorney who was appointed by Bush in 2001, said there was no evidence linking the smuggler to the van of marijuana. The prosecutor also said the border agents didn’t report the shooting and tampered with evidence by picking up several spent shell casings.

White House officials said Bush didn’t pardon the men for their crimes, but commuted their sentences because he believed they were excessive and that they had already suffered the loss of their jobs, freedom and reputations.

Bush’s legacy will be extremely mixed not only amongst the general public but amongst conservatives well, particularly on the issues of immigration and government growth. However, this final move is at least a small nod in the direction of the importance of law and order in keeping our borders secure.

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