Bush commutes Ramos and Compean's sentences
Jim Pinkerton of Fox News has it exactly right: Better late than never. As one of his last official acts, President Bush commuted the unjust prison sentences of former Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos who were convicted essentially of shooting a drug smuggler and not properly reporting the event. They were each sentenced to more than a decade in prison, while the multiple-time-felon smuggler was given immunity in return for testifying against them. Since then, the criminal has been re-arrested and jailed.
Bush should probably have pardoned the men instead of leaving the convictions on their records, but it's the best we can hope for out of a man who has so terribly abandoned some truly important principles during his time in office.
It's possible that a letter from nearly the entire Texas congressional delegation to President Bush on January 15th finally pushed the president off the fence. Whatever it was, I'm glad he finally did something nearly right.
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