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					Glenn Beck: Ramos & Compean - The Whole Story

July 29, 2008 - 12:43 ET

GLENN: We've added a lot of new stations and, you know, a
lot of new people that, you know, are just, they stumbled in,
they might have been drunk and the radio stuck on this station
and then they're like, I can't turn it off now; I don't know what
happened. And so now they're forced to listen. So there's a lot
of people in the audience that doesn't -- they're not really even
aware of some of the things that we have discovered on the
Compean and Ramos case. These are the two border agents
that were thrown in jail for what it looked like shooting
somebody in the back or in the butt as they were running
away, just this poor helpless victim and then trying to cover it
up. That's what it looks like. That's what the government
would like to have you believe. That is not the case.

We go to Tara Setmayer who has been on this case now for
how long, Tara? Two years?
                                                                        Border Patrol Fundraiser Shirt
SETMAYER: Almost two years, yeah.                                   ***All of Glenn's proceeds from the sale
                                                                     of this shirt will be donated to a legal
GLENN: And you and your illustrious boss in Washington                defense fund for Agents Ramos and
have been on this case trying to set this right and so far you're                 Compean.***
beating your head against the wall. Let's start with the story,
and if we could tell the story here in a five minute period here
as much as you can, tell everybody the history of this case.

SETMAYER: Well, in February 2005 Ramos and Compean were on routine patrol down in Fabens, Texas
along the border. A drug smuggler was detected -- well, they didn't know he was smuggling drugs yet. A
border breach was detected by Compean, he radioed it in. They gave chase to a van, started to speed back
toward the border. The individual, which is Aldrete Davila, he abandoned the van and decided to head for the
border on foot. At the time other border patrol agents joined the pursuit and the drug smuggler confronted
Compean on the other side of a drainage ditch on his way back to Mexico. At the time Compean tried to
arrest him, he tried to apprehend him, they got into a scuffle and shots were fired. In the meantime Ramos is
climbing down this drainage ditch to assist his fellow border agent. He hears shots fired. As he emerges, he
sees Compean on the ground, he sees a drug smuggler running away. He shoots at him. He thinks he has a
gun. He doesn't know what's happening. He shoots at him. He hits him, but he doesn't know he hit him
because the guy kept running and escapes back to Mexico, where on the other side of the border there were
other people waiting to pick him up and take him away.

As they walk back, they noticed that inside this van is a million dollars worth of marijuana, about 750
pounds. So other agents are on scene including two supervisors. The mistake they made, they did not orally
report the shooting.

GLENN: But it's important at this point of the story to know that supervisors were on the scene.

GLENN: Others were there. It is almost a loophole there that they nailed them on and said, well, they didn't
report the shooting. The idea was they didn't need to report the shooting. People were on the scene.

SETMAYER: That's right. And border patrol regulations state that they're only supposed to orally report it.
That supervisor is supposed to file a written report. So this is a policy violation. It's not criminal. Well, three
weeks go by. They catalog the drugs. You know, the guy absconded, he escaped to New Mexico. You know,
routine day on the border so one would think. Anyone who knows or is familiar with what's going on in the
southern border, it's a war zone there. So the fact that they weren't shot is actually a good thing.

A few weeks go by and we find out that the Department of Homeland Security has opened up an internal
affairs investigation because the drug smuggler that they shot grew up with a border patrol agent in Arizona.
The incident happened in Texas. Their families talk and they find out that Aldrete Davila has been shot by a
border agent. So this agent in Arizona takes it upon himself to research what's going on, look for the
shooting report.

GLENN: Okay. Stop for a second. This is an important thing for people to really focus on for just 10
seconds. A border agent who grew up with a drug smuggler in Mexico. Their families still talk. The drug
smuggler called -- the drug smuggler's mother called the border agent and said, "My son's just been shot on
the border," et cetera, et cetera. So you've got the connections now between the U.S. border agents and a
drug smuggler. Now, it's never been -- nobody's ever accused this guy of being a dirty border agent, if I'm
not mistaken, Tara, right?

SETMAYER: Oh, that's correct. No one questioned or investigated the nature of this relationship.

GLENN: Correct.

SETMAYER: I mean, he was best friends with the drug smuggler's brother. He accompanied the drug
smuggler's sister on her 15th birthday. They have close ties.

So we move forward. No one seems to think anything's wrong with that. They move forward and Homeland
Security opens up this investigation. They send Christopher Sanchez, who is the investigator, down to
Fabens, Texas and they send him over into Mexico to find the drug smuggler. They offer him immunity, free
border crossing cards and free healthcare to come back across the border and testify against Ramos and

Now, at this point Ramos and Compean are arrested, and I have to tell you that when they interviewed the
other agents who were on scene, those other agents' stories changed dramatically from their initial version of
events to what they testified to at trial. Basically they were all given proffer letters, which is some sort of an
immunity deal after --

GLENN: We won't come after you.

SETMAYER: That's right, we won't come after you if you tell us the "Real" story.

GLENN: Right.

SETMAYER: Which was that Ramos and Compean shot an innocent guy as he was running away. Now,
anyone who knows Ramos and Compean or just looks at the basic facts of this case, it's reasonable for them
to believe this gentleman was armed. Sara Carter, who is a reporter who broke this story nationally, she
interviewed Davila's family and they said that he's been running drugs since he was 14 years old and he was
never seen without a gun.
Now, during the trial that image of Mr. Davila was completely changed. He was a poor innocent waif who
was just smuggling drugs one time to pay for money for his sick mother's medicine -- to get money for his
sick mother's medicine. We all know that that's not true. As a matter of fact, while he was under immunity
waiting to testify against the agent, he smuggled another load of drugs four months before the trial. The
government knew it and they went before the judge and asked all of that evidence to be sealed so the jury
would never hear about it.

GLENN: Which is highly unusual when somebody is convicted -- or when somebody else is arrested again.
During a trial usually that person is thrown out.

SETMAYER: Well, the interesting thing about this, Glenn, is that he actually was not arrested. According to
the -- this is --

GLENN: I know.

SETMAYER: This is where it gets interesting. According to the DEA report which we were able to obtain,
about six months after all hell broke loose, they had already been convicted and Johnny Sutton was denying
that the October load ever happened and he was, you know, speaking in lawyer, lawyerly terms to try to deny
that that had ever happened because it was all under seal. One day the DEA documents show up at my door
and it was proof and it was a full account of what happened in October of 2005 before the trial. And what
happened is that Davila was identified as dropping off a load of 800 pounds of drugs at a stash house in
Texas. When the DEA and border patrol raided that stash house, they were told by the U.S. attorney's office
that no one was to be taken into custody at that time. That came from Johnny Sutton's office. So it's very
curious why they didn't pursue arresting anyone at the stash house even though they fully identified -- the
occupants of that stash house fully identified Aldrete Davila as being the individual who dropped off that
load of drugs. So no, technically he wasn't arrested. Why the hell not.

GLENN: Now, Johnny Sutton at the time said there weren't any of these cards that helped people go across
the border and if he knew where he was, he would make sure that he was arrested and all of these things,
which have all turned out to be false. Johnny Sutton I believe is a dirty official and I believe the dirt and the
grime go all the way to the President of the United States. I think this is a -- my spider senses, everything in
me tells me something isn't right. But to try to get anybody to talk is impossible. I've talked to several people
who have been instrumental in this case and other cases like it, who have been -- who are instrumental at the
highest levels that are now starting to say, "Wait a minute, you know what, I was part of, you know, X, Y
and Z and now I see I've been lied to and being used and we're in real trouble because there's something else
going on. But they won't go on the air because some of these people are still sitting in those positions and
they are trying to figure out what it is. But they are looking.

SETMAYER: Glenn, let me tell you. When we first start -- when members of congress first started to raise
the profile of this case a year and a half ago, right before the agents had to report for it to begin their prison
terms in January, there were a lot of very strange things going on, including the fact that Department of
Homeland Security officials lied to four Texas members of congress.

GLENN: This is where I got involved.

SETMAYER: Yes. This is in September of 2006 when members of congress first started to investigate, they
asked for a briefing from Homeland Security to say, okay, what's really going on here. Well, those
Homeland Security officials told those members of congress that, one, Ramos and Compean confessed; two,
they knew the guy was unarmed; and three, that they said they wanted to shoot some Mexicans that day.
Well, that didn't sit too well with those members of congress. So they asked for proof of these allegations.
And guess what, that proof never happened. And for four and a half months after that, the official report of
investigation that was used to prosecute these gentlemen was not released. It hadn't even been finished yet,
which is highly unusual. And it took members of congress complaining and going public about it for the
Homeland Security department to finally release the report of investigation which they did under classified --
it was classified first. And then we said, that's not acceptable. So they released a redacted version. And guess
what. None of what they claimed was in that report.

GLENN: Didn't the -- didn't the head of Homeland Security or one of the head guys of Homeland Security
actually say in testimony in congress that you had been -- congressman, I'm sorry, you have been misled?

SETMAYER: Yes. He said misinformed. It was the inspector general Richard Skinner. He was being
questioned by congressman John Culberson and that was his response: Well, I'm sorry, but you were
misinformed. Well, you know, where I come from, that's called a lie.

GLENN: Yeah. Now, Tara Setmayer is with Congressman Rohrabacher and she and the congressman has
been on this nonstop. Congressman is going to join us tone. In a few minutes I'm going to play some audio.
Dan, is this the first time this audio has been heard? Okay. You probably have not heard this audio most
likely. It is audio from the jurors saying, "Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. If I would have
known these things about the drug smuggler, things would have been wildly different." And it shows how --
because remember, "The jurors have spoken. Don't you believe in the rule of law?" No, not when the rule of
law has been so turned upside down on its head. Justice is justice. You've got to make sure that it is equally
applied and there's not something else going on. There is something else going on. We're going to give you
that audio which has not been heard and has not been played on this program until today. We will give you
this audio here in just a second. And also somebody who has been very, very close to this case with some
more insight coming up in just a minute. But also when -- Tara, when we come back, Tara actually had to
speak to Compean and Ramos yesterday. It was just Ramos yesterday that you spoke to?

SETMAYER: Yes, just Ramos.

GLENN: And she broke the news to him. Remember, he's in solitary confinement, quote, for his own
protection. We will get that story from her coming up in just a second. Don't miss a second of the next few
minutes on the Glenn Beck program.


GLENN: Tara, yesterday -- we've got about two minutes. Tell me what happened yesterday afternoon when
you had to deliver the news yesterday afternoon that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had denied the appeal
for Compean and Ramos?

SETMAYER: Now, I had my normal status call scheduled already yesterday and we got the decision about
30 minutes before I had to speak to Nacio and so, I being sure that his lawyer was on the phone, because I
honestly couldn't bring myself to break the news to him but I was on the call and it was devastating. It was
one of the most difficult conversations I've ever had to endure. Nacio was crushed. You know, he was
obviously upset and his biggest concern was, Tara, what can you do to get me out of solitary confinement.
These gentlemen are enduring conditions worse than prisoners of Guantanamo Bay. He is in a cell 23 hours
of 24 hours a day. He is not allowed on weekends. He is not allowed to watch television. He is not allowed to
socialize with anyone. He is in the hole.

GLENN: He does, he does listen to the radio, right?

SETMAYER: He does.
    GLENN: He does listen to this program?

    SETMAYER: He does. He's listening to this program. And Nacio, we're fighting for you. We're going to do
    what we can to get you out of there and keep your head up because the American people are behind you and
    members of congress are behind you and we're going to do whatever we can to get you out of there.

    GLENN: You know, Nacio, I know you're listening. It is -- I, last week, what is it, two weeks ago I actually
    spent some time with your wife and it was -- I didn't take it lightly when I looked her in the eye and said,
    there's a lot of us fighting. There's a lot of us that believe in this cause and we are not going to give up. And
    it was something that you don't say lightly to somebody who has somebody in prison for something that you
    believe is an unjust verdict but I tell you it is a sentiment that runs through a large sector of our society that is
    aware of this case.

    SETMAYER: Well, Glenn, I agree with you and it's amazing to me how the President and Johnny Sutton can
    sleep at night if they looked into the eyes of the wives and the children of these agents, I can't imagine they
    would feel the same way. I can't believe, was it really worth it for them.

    GLENN: Tara, we will talk to you again and thank you so much for your hard work. And we'll also give you
    an opportunity to speak directly to Nacio Ramos coming up on the program here.

    Tara Setmayer
•           Age: 32
•           Gender: Female
•           Astrological Sign: Virgo
•           Zodiac Year: Rabbit
•           Industry: Government
•           Occupation: Political Consultant
•           Location: Washington : DC

                                         Tara Setmayer is currently the Communications Director for Rep. Dana
                                         Rohrabacher (R-CA). Before joining Rep. Rohrabacher, she served as a
                                         media commentator and political consultant based in Washington, D.C.,
                                         appearing regularly on National Public Radio, Fox News Channel, and
                                         CNN. She has also appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Politically Incorrect with
                                         Bill Maher and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Setmayer has been
                                         featured in several local and national publications including The Wall
                                         Street Journal, The Hill Newspaper and Ebony Magazine. Setmayer is a
    member of the National Advisory Council for Project 21 and served as a political trainer for GOPAC, a
    conservative organization specializing in educating, organizing and training grassroots Republicans aspiring
    to run for public office across the country. Washington University in Washington, D.C., majoring in Political
    Science with a focus on public policy and Journalism.

    About Me
    Tara Setmayer is a conservative commentator & political strategist based in Washington, DC.
    Setmayer is a former research fellow & communications specialist for the Coalition on Urban
Renewal & Education (CURE), a non-profit organization that provides national dialogue on how
social policies impact America’s inner cities and the poor. As a media commentator, Setmayer
appears regularly on the Roundtable on NPR’s News & Notes w/Ed Gordon and The Political
Corner w/Juan Williams, PBS’s To The Contrary w/ Bonnie Erbe and CNN. She has also appeared
on many national television shows including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity &
Colmes Show, Fox & Friends, ABC’s 20/20, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, HBO’s Real Time
with Bill Maher, CNN’s American Morning, Talk Back Live, Newsnight w/Aaron Brown, Paula
Zahn, Inside Politics Weekend, CNN International and Anderson Cooper, America’s Black Forum,
Black Entertainment Television’s BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley, America's Voice Youngbloods,
and C-SPAN.

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Ramos & Compean Case Remains a Hot Immigration Issue

3-year-old incident in Texas remains a hot immigration issue

Jason George

FABENS, Texas — With its pecan groves and dusty cotton fields, the calm surrounding this stretch of the
U.S.-Mexican border belies its role in one of the country’s fiercest immigration dramas, one that has led to
congressional hearings, impassioned protests and outrage from conservative media.

It all began three years ago, when U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio “Nacho” Ramos and Jose Compean
chased a van driven by Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, a Mexican national. Davila ditched the van about 100 yards
from the border and sprinted across the Rio Grande toward Mexico, but not before Compean fired his gun at
him and missed, and Ramos hit Davila with a single shot that sliced his buttocks and urethra.

As Davila disappeared across the border, agents found nearly 800 pounds of marijuana in the van he was

On other points, the narrative diverges: Ramos and Compean say they fired their weapons only because they
believed Davila had flashed a gun at them, and they insist they informed their supervisor about the shooting.

Other agents disputed this claim during a federal trial, saying Ramos and Compean shot an unarmed man
from behind, tried to cover it up and failed to report it properly. A jury in El Paso convicted the two agents of
assault, obstruction of justice and civil rights violations, and each received lengthy federal prison sentences:
11 years for Ramos, 12 for Compean.

Conservative cause

Even before the trial began, conservative media took up the cause, portraying Ramos and Compean as
martyrs to an immigration policy out of control. Ann Coulter wrote about the incident, and talk radio has
filled hours with the subject. CNN’s Lou Dobbs has featured the story, calling the agents’ imprisonment an
“outrage” and “warrantless.”

And as can be expected in a presidential campaign season in which immigration is a hotly discussed issue,
several candidates have weighed in.
Mitt Romney, who issued no pardons as governor of Massachusetts, told conservative talk show host Laura
Ingraham that “if there is prosecutorial indiscretion” in this case—and he suspects there is—”these cases
deserve a very careful look and potentially a pardon.”

At a “Meet Mike Huckabee” event last month in Iowa, the former Arkansas governor said, “Of course I
would review their case,” adding that he hoped the agents would be back home by Valentine’s Day 2009,
just after a new president takes office.

Republican Reps. Tom Tancredo of Colorado and Duncan Hunter of California, both presidential candidates
until recently, have each introduced legislation either asking President Bush to pardon the men or proposing
a congressional pardon, which would be unprecedented.

Bush has so far declined to pardon Ramos and Compean, with spokeswoman Dana Perino noting that the
men’s case is on appeal. Neither has applied for a pardon, which requires admitting guilt.

“He will not sign that paperwork,” said Monica Ramos, Ignacio’s wife. “He’s not going to beg for a pardon.”

Democrats, too, have gotten in on the debate.

Last summer, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California held hearings on the case, saying the agents’
sentences were too harsh and their case should be reviewed. Democratic Rep. Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts
recently introduced a resolution in the House calling on Bush to commute the agents’ sentences to time
served. The bill has bipartisan support with 75 co-sponsors.

Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have not commented on the case.

Johnny Sutton, the U.S. attorney who prosecuted, said that Ramos and Compean are far from heroes and that
the conservative media gloss over many of the facts, forgetting that a jury unanimously convicted them.

“They shot 15 times at an unarmed man who was running away from them and posed no threat,” Sutton said
in a statement. “They lied about what happened, covered up the shooting, conspired to destroy evidence and
then proceeded to write up and file a false report.”

$5 million claim

Davila, the man who was shot, got immunity for the drugs in his van in exchange for testifying against the
agents, but he is now in a west Texas jail on unrelated smuggling charges. He has pleaded not guilty and has
filed a $5 million claim against the Border Patrol for violating his civil rights in the shooting.

In a recent visit to the site of the shooting—a dusty, desolate patch just outside Fabens, population 8,000—
Joe Loya, Ramos’ father-in-law, kicked the dirt and disagreed with Sutton’s characterization.

“It’s nothing but lies, lies, lies,” Loya said. “This place makes me so angry.”

In the distance, four Border Patrol agents watched Loya from their trucks with binoculars as they scanned the
border about 100 yards away.

“Supervisors don’t like to see us out here,” he said, staring back at the men. “Too bad.”
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Ramos and Compean drug smuggler pleads guilty
Posted by Cassy Fiano
Published: April 24, 2008 - 3:40 PM
So when will Ramos and Compean be released?

Here's the story:

The Mexican national who was the star witness in a controversial prosecution that resulted in the sentencing
of two Border Patrol agents to more than a decade in prison pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges in
federal court Thursday.
On Feb. 17, 2005, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila attempted to smuggle more than 700 pounds of marijuana into the
United States along the Texas-Mexico border, in the small town of Fabens, Texas. As he tried to flee arrest
on foot, two Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, shot at him. Ramos's bullet hit Davila
in the buttocks.

The incident gained national attention when U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton with the Western District of Texas
worked out an immunity deal for Davila if he would return to the United States and testify against Ramos
and Compean.

The case sparked controversy as members of Congress from both parties called for President Bush to pardon
the two agents or to commute their sentences. The Senate Judiciary Committee and House Foreign Affairs
Committee conducted hearings on the case.

Davila was arrested and indicted last November based on two other drug deals from 2005, and he has
pleaded guilty to those crimes. Those crimes, in which he tried to bring illegal drugs into the country in
September and October 2005, occurred after he was given immunity for the initial drug bust in February
2005, when he was shot.
Davila was charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, one count
of conspiracy to import a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance
with intent to distribute.

Davila brought those two loads into the United States during a time when the U.S. Justice Department had
given him six unconditional border-crossing cards.

The very fact that these two Border Patrol Agents are in prison is a travesty. President Bush commuted
Scooter Libby's sentence -- why not Ramos and Compean? Amd check out what they've had to deal with in
They are now in prisons where they are surrounded by criminals, which they themselves have arrested. They
were being held in the general population -- until Ignacio Ramos was the victim of a brutal attack by a group
of illegal immigrants yelling "Maten a la migra!" which means "Kill the Border Patrol agent." He suffered
repeated blows and kicks, and allegedly did not receive medical attention for up to 48 hours after the attack.
His wife reported he had a concussion, with blood coming out of his ears after the attackers kicked him
wearing their prison work-issued, steel toe boots in the back, ribs, and head.

Now that this drug smuggler who took advantage of the immunity given to him for helping to put two good
men behind bars to smuggle more drugs has pled guilty for his transgressions, is it not finally time to set
Ramos and Compean free? This has gone on long enough. At least someone is seeking clemency for the
Hat Tip: Tammy Bruce

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                                       Sunday, April 6, 2008
                                       Congressmen renew lobbying efforts
                                       for Ramos and Compean
                                       Two California congressmen have
                                       renewed their efforts to improve
                                       conditions for two jailed border
                                       patrol agents, urging the Bureau of
                                       Prisons to move Ignacio Ramos, 37,
                                       and Jose Alonso Compean, 28, to a
                                       minimum security facility.

                                       'If agents Ramos and Compean
                                       must continue serving their
                                       sentences, then they should be
                                       moved to a minimum security facility where they will not be
                                       threatened and under such restrictive conditions,' stated Rep. Duncan
                                       Hunter (R-Calif.).

                                       Compean receiving a 12-year sentence and Ramos an 11-year
                                       sentence after they were convicted of assault, obstruction of justice
                                       and civil rights violations against a drug dealer who was retreating
                                       across the border.

                                       'After 14 months of enduring the harsh conditions of solitary
                                       confinement, Director Lappin should do the right thing and exercise
                                       his authority to move the agents into more humane conditions,' stated
                                       Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).'They are effectively serving a
                                       double sentence for an unjust conviction that may very well be

                                       Because of security threats from Hispanic inmates imprisoned with
                                       them, Compean and Ramos were segregated from the general prison
                                       population and must remain in their cells for 23 hours a day. They are
                                       not afforded basic privileges other prisoners enjoy, such as telephone
                                       use, daily showers and television access.

                                       The congressmen noted that Harley Lappin, Bureau of Prisons director
                                       for the federal government, has visited the Phoenix facility currently
                                       housing the two agents. 'I have asked Director Lappin to review the
                                       status of agent Ramos and consider his transfer,' Hunter said. 'He
                                       assured me that he would personally meet with agent Ramos and
                                       review his situation, as well as the events that led to his
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 Ignacio Ramos with wife Monica        Monday, December 3, 2007                                                                    7/29/2008
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 The Ramos-
                                        Judge - prosecutors may have
 Compean Incident
                                        overreacted in Ramos, Compean case
 View my complete profile               After a hearing in New Orleans, an
                                        appeals court judge says federal
                                        prosecutors may have overreacted
                                        in their case against former border
                                        agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose
                                        Compean. The two men are serving
                                        lengthy prison sentences for
                                        shooting a fleeing drug suspect.

                                        Judge E. Grady Jolly is one of
      U.S.                              three judges in the 5th U.S. Circuit
                                        Court of Appeals hearing the appeals. He questioned whether the two
      BORD                              agents would have been charged if they had reported the
                                        shooting. "For some reason, this one got out of hand, it seems to me,"
                                        Jolly said of the agents' prosecution. He said it seems "that the
      CON                               government overreacted" in the prosecution that led to a 12-year
                                        prison term for Compean and an 11-year term for Ramos.

                                        The agents' attorneys are asking the 5th Circuit to throw out their
                                        convictions. A federal jury in El Paso convicted the Border Patrol
      Americ                            agents of assault, obstruction of justice and civil rights violations in
       last                             the wounding of Osvaldo Aldrete Davila near El Paso in 2005. Aldrete
                                        survived the shooting, but was arrested in November after an October
       best                             indictment on various drug charges.

      chance                            There's no indication when the judges will rule in the appeals.
                                        Compean attorney Bob Baskett says he's encouraged by Jolly's
        to                              comments, but Ramos attorney David Botsford says he's not reading
      reform                            anything into the remarks.
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                                        Benefit September 8 for Ramos
       and                              Family
      immigr                            The American Freedom Riders will
      policies                          hold a benefit for the family of
                                        maliciously prosecuted and
      Donate                            imprisoned Border Patrol Agent
                                        Ignacio Ramos on Saturday,
                                        September 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the
                                        Roadrunner Saloon on New River
                                        Rd., Exit 232 . All patriots are
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                                     Roger Hedgecock will emcee, and Monica Ramos and her father Joe
                                     Loya will be the guest speakers. The event will include a band, food,
                                     a raffle, and fun. Admission is $20 per peson. Proceeds will go to help
                                     Monica Ramos keep their home and make the trip from El Paso to
                                     Phoenix to visit her husband whenever she is given visitation.

                                     Agent Ramos was transferred to Phoenix on July 20th after spending
                                     six months at Yazoo City, Mississippi where he was severely beaten by
                                     illegal aliens. He has lost 40 pounds and is in poor emotional
                                     condition as he remains in solitary confinement.
                                     Posted by Edward I Nelson at 6:26 PM 9 comments

                                     Friday, July 20, 2007
                                     Senate hearing generates bipartisan
                                     support to free Ramos and Compean
                                     With a
                                     firearms law
                                     designed for
                                     drug kingpins,
                                     two former
                                     Border Patrol
                                     agents, Ignacio
                                     Ramos and
                                     Jose Compean,
                                     sentenced in
                                     2006 to an
                                     extra decade
                                     in prison for
                                     firing their
                                     guns at a
                                     Mexican drug
                                     smuggler. At a
                                     hearing this week, senators from both parties decried the use of that
                                     provision against law enforcement officers.

                                     The former agents are serving 11- and 12-year terms, while the
                                     smuggler remains free, having cut a deal to testify against them.
                                     Senators also vented their dismay at West Texas U.S. Attorney Johnny
                                     Sutton, a Bush appointee who has caught unrelenting grief from anti-
                                     illegal immigrant activists over his handling of the case. "This really is
                                     a case of prosecutorial overreaction," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the
                                     California Democrat who chaired the hearing. "This was still a drug
                                     dealer who was shot fleeing. Shot in the rear end fleeing. He wasn't
                                     an innocent person."

                                     Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Tex., a 26-year Border Patrol veteran, also
                                     joined the effort this week, pressing President Bush to commute the
                                     sentences of the two. Reyes said that even though he had supported
                                     the agent's conviction, the sentence is too harsh. "This penalty levied
                                     on these agents is excessive and ... they deserve the immediate                                                                  7/29/2008
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                                     exercise of your executive clemency powers," Senators Feinstein and
                                     Cornyn wrote to the President.

                                     Letters to the president have been a blessing for the two affected
                                     families, but Bush may not support the requests. "The president has
                                     proven with Libby that he can do whatever he wants whenever he
                                     wants," said Patty Compean, whose husband is in an Elkton, Ohio,
                                     prison. "There's no due process with him. My husband was doing his
                                     job. I don't think Libby was."
                                     Posted by Edward I Nelson at 6:31 PM 3 comments

                                     Thursday, July 5, 2007
                                     Congressman Jones response to
                                     Libby commutation: Pardon the
                                     border agents
                                     In light of President George W. Bush’s
                                     recent commutation of I.
                                     Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s prison
                                     sentence, North Carolina Congressman
                                     Walter B. Jones has written a letter to
                                     again call on the President to pardon
                                     U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio
                                     Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean.

                                     “I am writing to express my deep
                                     disappointment that U.S. Border
                                     Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean remain unjustly
                                     incarcerated for wounding a Mexican drug smuggler who brought 743
                                     pounds of marijuana across our border,” Jones wrote.

                                     “While you have spared Mr. Libby from serving even one day of
                                     his ‘excessive’ 30-month prison term, agents Ramos and Compean
                                     have already served 167 days of their 11 and 12-year prison
                                     sentences,” Jones wrote. “By attempting to apprehend an illegal
                                     alien drug smuggler, these agents were enforcing our laws, not
                                     breaking them.”

                                     “Mr. President, it is now time to listen to the American people and
                                     members of Congress who have called upon you to pardon these
                                     agents,” Jones continued. “By granting immunity and free health care
                                     to an illegal alien drug trafficker and allowing our law enforcement
                                     officers to languish in prison – our government has told its citizens,
                                     and the world, that it does not care about protecting our borders or
                                     enforcing our laws.”

                                     “I urge you to correct a true injustice by immediately pardoning these
                                     two law enforcement officers,” Jones concluded.
                                     Posted by Edward I Nelson at 6:18 PM 6 comments

                                     Friday, June 29, 2007
                                     Ramos, Compean convictions based                                                              7/29/2008
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                                     on federal crime which doesn't exist
                                                                  Mr. Speaker, as the Members of this
                                                                  House well know, in February 2006, U.S.
                                                                  Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean
                                                                  were convicted in a U.S. District Court in
                                                                  Texas for shooting a Mexican drug
                                                                  smuggler. They were sentenced to 11 and
                                                                  12 years imprisonment, respectively, and
                                                                  today is the 153rd day since the two
                                                                  agents entered Federal prison.

                                                                What Members of this House may not
                                                                know is that 10 years of each of their
                                                                sentences were based on an indictment
                                                                and conviction for a Federal crime that
                                                                does not exist. The Federal crime they
                                     were convicted of does not exist.

                                     The law that they were charged with violating has never been
                                     enacted by the United States Congress but rather was fashioned by
                                     the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of
                                     Texas, Johnny Sutton.

                                     The law that the agents were charged with, 18 United States Code
                                     section 924(c)(1)(a) as enacted by Congress, requires a defendant to
                                     be indicted and convicted either of using or carrying a firearm during
                                     and in relation to the commission of a crime of violence or possessing
                                     a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

                                     However, neither Mr. Ramos nor Mr. Compean was ever charged with
                                     the specific elements of the crime. Instead, Mr. Sutton's office
                                     extracted from the United States Criminal Code a sentencing factor,
                                     discharging a firearm, and substituted that sentencing factor for the
                                     congressionally defined elements of the offense.

                                     In this case, I can imagine how difficult it would be to obtain an
                                     indictment and conviction for ``using,'' ``possessing'' or ``carrying'' a
                                     firearm when the Border Agents were required to carry firearms as
                                     part of their job. That difficulty may well, very well, explain why this
                                     United States Attorney's Office unilaterally changed Congress's
                                     definition of a crime to a definition that would be easier to prove by
                                     the prosecution.

                                     Any change in the elements of a crime amounts to the seizure of
                                     legislative authority by a Federal prosecutor. When this
                                     encroachment upon the legislative power of Congress was brought to
                                     my attention and to the attention of my colleagues, Congressmen
                                     Virgil Goode and former Texas State judge, Congressman TED POE, we
                                     joined forces with the Gun Owners Foundation, U.S. Border Control,
                                     U.S. Border Control Foundation and the Conservative Legal Defense
                                     and Education Fund to file a friend of the court brief in the United
                                     States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court.

                                     The brief urges reversal of these unjust convictions and 10 year
                                     mandatory minimum sentences by spelling out how changes contained                                                                 7/29/2008
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                                     in two counts of the indictment against the agents are ``fatally
                                     defective'' because they fail to charge an offense as defined by the

                                     Mr. Speaker, many of my colleagues and the American people have
                                     been greatly concerned about the denial of due process of law to
                                     Agents Ramos and Compean. The American people must be confident
                                     that prosecutors will not tailor the law to make it easier to convict in
                                     a particular case. Federal prosecutors take an oath to enforce the
                                     law, not to make the law.

                                     It is my understanding that the House Judiciary Committee will soon
                                     hold hearings to examine the prosecution of this case, and I want to
                                     thank Chairman John Conyers for his interest in investigating the
                                     injustice committed against these two Border agents.

                                     I encourage the chairman and the committee to take a thorough look
                                     into the actions of the Office of U.S. Attorney for the Western District
                                     of Texas and its pattern of aggressively prosecuting law enforcement
                                     officers, including Ramos and Compean, former Border Patrol Agent
                                     Aleman and Deputy Sheriff Gilmer Hernandez. These are legitimate
                                     legal questions and concerns about this prosecutor's office, and they
                                     need to be answered.

                                     And again, I thank the chairman of the Judiciary Committee for his
                                     interest and concern about justice to right an injustice.

                                     June 18, 2007
                                     Posted by Edward I Nelson at 8:25 PM 3 comments

                                     Wednesday, February 14, 2007
                                     Actual Transcripts of the Ramos-Compean Trial

                                     For those of you who really wish to know what happened, please copy
                                     and paste the URL's below into your browser and start reading.

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