Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Update: Jailed Border Agents
(Now In Solitary Confinement 23 hours a Day)


This from WND:

"...Ballistics reports, used in the trial of Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos, one of two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting fleeing drug dealer Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, do not support the prosecution's claim the bullet was fired from Ramos' gun, according to documents provided to WND from Andy Ramirez, chairman of the Friends of the Border Patrol.

Despite the conclusion of a laboratory criminalist that he could not conclusively link the bullet removed from Aldrete-Davila with Ramos' service weapon, a Department of Homeland Security agent swore, in an affidavit of complaint filed against Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, that Aldrete-Davila was hit by a round fired by Ramos.

"Johnny Sutton and his assistants are guilty of malicious prosecution," Ramirez charged to WND. "The prosecutors lied to the jury and he twisted evidence to make it fit his case. And when he couldn't twist the evidence, the government demanded that the court seal evidence which would have been exculpatory to the defense."

Nearly two years after the conclusion of the trial, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has yet to release a transcript of the trial. (Read the Entire Article)

Say this is all true --what would the American government have to gain by arresting two border agents for shooting a drug dealer and throwing then into jail for 11 years despite public outrage? What is the upside? Showing the Hispanic community we'll protect Mexicans in an attempt to garner their votes for '08?

"...The Department of Homeland Security's assertions that two El Paso Border Patrol agents knowingly shot an unarmed suspect appear to be countered by the department's own documents..." Yet the Dept. of Homeland Security refuses to hand the documents over. (source)

Here is an excerpt of a letter from Monica Ramos to the founder of Grassfire.org:

"Thank you very much for all your help...

[My husband] is VERY grateful for all that you and your team have done and continue to do on his and Jose's behalf. I will have the opportunity to see him tomorrow for about an hour to share my experiences in Washington. So much is going on, and the
momentum continues to build. PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS DIE!!!

Both of our families are suffering tremendously from the void of our spouses and the children are the innocent ones here. They simply cannot grasp what has happened to their fathers. My children are anxious to see their daddy, but
I am hesitant to take them because words cannot adequately prepare them for what they will see... him shackled--like a hardcore criminal. It is sickening, Ron.

Your support is a godsend to us, and WE ARE ALL SO APPRECIATIVE. Please continue fighting for my husband. He is a good and honorable man.

Thank you again.
Monica Ramos

You can also GO HERE to hear about Monica Ramos' visit to Congress in her own words. She says she has heard she may get a phone call from President Bush about a pardon.

(Grassfire.org is working to independently verify WND's story about the ballistics)

Please sign the petition using the button at the top of the post and/or call the White House Comments line: 202-456-1111.

(Read a similar story -this border control agent's verdict was overturned, but the drug smuggler was paid $80,000...)

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