Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It's About Damn Time
But they have to wait another TWO MONTHS!?
Just enought time to get another beating by imprisoned drug dealers

The sacrificial lambs finally get true justice. From the (Colorado Springs) Gazette;

OPINION: Border guards to go free

President George W. Bush leaves office with the country in economic shambles, proving that a two-party system doesn't work if both parties advocate big government solutions and unbridled spending.

On his way out the door, however, Bush did the right thing Monday. He commuted the prison sentences of former United States Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. The two men are two years into 10-plus-year sentences for shooting confessed drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the butt as he tried to cross the Rio Grande.

Ramos and Compean believed Davila was fleeing an abandoned van full of marijuana on the American side of the border.

A prosecutor convinced the court that no evidence connected Davila to the van, and that Ramos and Compean tried to cover up the shooting and tampered with evidence by picking up several of their spent shell casings.

One aspect of the Bush presidency that made sense was his refusal to get worked into a frenzy about illegal immigration, even though some conservatives tried to make it a central cause for a movement gone awry.

Those who thought illegal immigrants should be the centerpiece of a new conservative movement understandably used Ramos and Compean as symbols of the country's immigration insanity.

And they had a point: 10 years was an outrageous sentence for two American border guards who screwed up in the heat of a moment. They're not a danger to society; they're two men who made a serious mistake in the line of duty.

Ramos and Compean are expected to go free within two months. That's unfortunate. They should be freed right away.

Bush should be commended for never, in eight years, allowing anti-immigration zealots to pull him around by his nose. Even more so, he should be commended for listening to them when they were right.

Regarding the unjust sentences of Ramos and Compean, they were absolutely right.


Blogger chestertonian said...

Freeing them is nice, but what about a freaking PARDON??? Why does Bush have to be so stingy about that? What! The! Fuck!

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