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February 18, 2009

Ramos and Compean Released Now lets investigate!

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Ramos, Compean Freed From Prison



 

Ramos, Compean freed from prison

Congressman calls for probe of prosecutor, role of Mexico

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By Jerome R. Corsi

Convicted former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were released from federal prison this morning and are en route to join their families in El Paso, Texas.

Characterizing Ramos and Compean’s incarceration as a “political prosecution,” Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, called for a congressional investigation into alleged prosecutorial misconduct by El Paso U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton under the direction of Bush administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Poe also called for an investigation into the alleged role of the Mexican government in demanding that Ramos and Compean be prosecuted.

“As soon as President Bush commuted Ramos and Compean’s sentences, the Mexican government registered a large protest,” Poe noted.

“In their protest, the Mexican government admitted their involvement in the case without specifying what their involvement was,” he added.

“So I think the first order of business is for the U.S. Congress to investigate what role the Mexican government had in demanding the Bush administration prosecute this case,” he insisted. “Mexico should not be meddling into U.S. criminal cases.”

Poe also told WND his office intends to petition President Obama to pardon Ramos and Compean in the administration’s first round of presidential pardons.

“At last, Ramos and Compean have been rightfully reunited with their families,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., another member of the House of Representatives at the forefront of the fight to free the men. “I wish the Ramos and Compean families the best as they now try to pick up the pieces and begin to heal from this terrible ordeal.”

Poe charged Ramos and Compean “were incarcerated as political prisoners of our own country.”

“Both Border Patrol agents were doing their jobs on the border,” he told WND.

Poe had harsh words for prosecutor Sutton and Attorney General Gonzales.

“Our own government took the side of the drug dealer, found him in Mexico, brought him back and treated his wound at taxpayer expense,” the congressman said. “The government made a back room deal with the drug dealer by telling him that in exchange for his testimony against Ramos and Compean, he would be given immunity for that offense.”

Poe charged that Sutton’s office intentionally misled the jury at the trial.

“The prosecution misled the jury and the American public by not allowing the jury at the Ramos and Compean trial to know that the government had reason to believe the drug smuggler in the case, (Osvaldo) Aldrete-Davila, had been implicated in a second drug smuggling incident before the trial began,” Poe stressed.

Subsequently, Sutton appeared on many national radio and television shows, attempting to convince the American public to accept the Bush administration’s version of the case. Sutton contended Ramos and Compean were “rogue cops” who shot after an unarmed fleeing Mexican who was only trying to surrender and that the agents subsequently tried to hide evidence of the shooting at the scene and failed to report the incident to their superiors.

“Most of the American public and most members of Congress think the sentences Ramos and Compean received were way over the top,” Poe said.

 

 

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