Bush Grants Commutations to Border Agents
In one of his final official acts, President Bush commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents yesterday who were convicted of shooting a fleeing Mexican drug dealer in 2005.
The agents, Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos, were working near El Paso, Texas when they shot Osvaldo Aldrete Dávila, a drug smuggler caught with 743 pounds of marijuana. Davila was shot in the buttocks.
Davila later filed a complaint against the two agents, who said they thought Davila was threatening them with a gun. Compean and Ramos were convicted and sentenced to 12 and 11 years in federal prison, respectively, on weapons charges (timeline of events).
Appeals for their commutation came in from Colorado Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn and California Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein.
Officials close to Bush said he did not plan to issue any further clemency orders before leaving office today. It appears that a large group of politically-connected felons, including junk-bond king Michael Milken, former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards (D) and former GOP congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham failed to get a pass from Bush.
By Derek Kravitz |
January 20, 2009; 1:08 PM ET
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