Ramos and Compean take front and center stage at ConstitutionParty.org today. The largest section of the front page “above the fold” is Latest News and Commentary, and two out of three articles are devoted to the case of Ramos and Compean.
According to wikipedia,
Ignacio Ramos is a former United States Border Patrol Agent, who shot an allegedly unarmed illegal alien and drug smuggler on the United Statesâ€“Mexico border. He was convicted of causing serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, and a civil rights violation.
Ramos was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to 11 years and one day in prison for shooting and wounding an unarmed person named Osvaldo Aldrete DÃ¡vila near the Fabens settlement of unincorporated El Paso County, Texas, at about 1 PM on February 17, 2005. Fellow agent Jose Compean was sentenced to 12 years. Aldrete DÃ¡vila had been found with nearly 800 pounds of marijuana in the back of his van. Following the incident, Aldrete DÃ¡vila was granted a temporary conditional visitors visa in exchange for giving his testimony against Ramos and Compean. Ramos and his partner were incarcerated January 17, 2007.
The first article is Border Patrol Agents Face Lonely Christmas:
Please send cards and letters to the two Border Patrol agents sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison for shooting at an armed, convicted drug smuggler they believed was going to shoot them.
As it stands now, agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos lost their final appeal. It is our hope that the men, who languish in solitary confinement cells for 23 hours out of every day, will be pardoned or exonerated on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Please pray for these men and letters to:
Ignacio Ramos #58079-180
Federal Correctional Institution
37910- N 45th Ave
Phoenix, Az 85086
Jose Compean #58080-180
PO Box 10
Lisbon, OH 44432
The second is President Bush thinking of border agent pardons? and is reprinted from World Net Daily. The portion that appears on the Constitution Party web page is
President Bush thinking of border agent pardons?
by Chelsea Schilling
Families tearfully put hope in clemency during last days
Monica Ramos embraces her husband, former U.S. Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos, two days before he was sentenced to 11 years in prison (Courtesy El Paso Times)
As president, George W. Bush has pardoned or commuted sentences for 32 drug dealers, 12 thieves, seven embezzlers, an arsonist, an armed bank robber and eight Thanksgiving turkeys, among others â€“ but U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean remain in prison this Christmas, praying for their release.
“Itâ€™s pretty much salt in the wound,” Ramosâ€™ wife, Monica, told WND. “But we have a lot of hope. My husband has quite a bit of faith, and we pray a lot. We are hoping the outpouring of support that we have here from people all over the nation is going to help us.”
Ramos and Compean are serving 11- and 12-year prison sentences, respectively, for shooting at a fleeing illegal alien drug dealer while he smuggled nearly 750 pounds of marijuana across the border. They were convicted of assault, discharge of a weapon in the commission of a crime of violence, tampering with an official proceeding and deprivation of civil rights.
The full WND article is here.