• Text smaller
  • Text bigger

The White House says that there are procedures to follow in considering any request or suggestion for a presidential pardon, and that’s what is going on right now in the case involving Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, two U.S. Border Patrol agents sentenced to prison for shooting at a fleeing drug smuggler.

The comments came in response to questions from Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, about the case following a beating Ramos suffered allegedly at the hands of illegal aliens being held in the same prison where he is.

“The Fort Worth Star Telegraph quotes President Bush of Fox TV network as saying that he is bound by strict federal guidelines on pardons, and cannot immediately grant a pardon to Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean because, quote, ‘there is a series of steps that are analyzed in order for the Justice Department to make a recommendation as to whether or not a president grants a pardon,’” Kinsolving said.

Then he asked: “Was this series of analyzed steps followed when President Jerry Ford pardoned President Nixon even before he was tried; when President Carter pardoned all those draft resisters?”

“What you’re asking is, should the president waive standard procedures in this case,” Snow said. “And the answer is, no, we want to be careful about issuing pardons, and we’re trying to be careful about the facts, which is why the Department of Justice is in the process of trying to get full transcripts of the trial of Agents Compean and Ramos, so you and everybody else who are willing to ask questions about this will be armed with facts.”

The two agents encountered a situation in which they suspected illegal activities, and ended up firing shots at a man who turned out to be a fleeing drug smuggler. The U.S. attorney filed charges against the officers, and brought the smuggler back from Mexico, giving him immunity, in order to testify against the officers.

“Page one of The Washington Times quotes Texas Republican Congressman Ted Poe, who deplored the conviction of Texas Deputy Sheriff Gilmer Hernandez, who fired shots at a fleeing vehicle with illegal aliens, saying, ‘This is another example of how the federal government is more concerned about people who are illegally invading America than it is about the men who protect America.’ And my question:” Kinsolving said. “Does the president believe that Texas Republican Poe, another Republican congressman, and hundreds of thousands of petition signers on this issue are all wrong?”

“I think what the president has done is spend more money on border security than any president in American history,” Snow responded.

WND also has reported on the case involving Hernandez, who like the two border agents, went solo against a crowd of illegal aliens, and ended up as a defendant in the case.

Snow also had a statement prepared for yet another question from Kinsolving, this one involving reports from the Yazoo City Federal Correctional Complex in Mississippi about a beating Ramos suffered – allegedly at the hands of illegal aliens also in the prison with him.

“What is the president’s reaction to this, since he refused thousands of requests to pardon this man?” Kinsolving had asked.

“Here’s a statement from Charles Smith, who represents the institution, and here’s their report: ‘On February 3rd, 2007, at approximately 10:15 p.m., inmate Ignacio Ramos, an inmate incarcerated at the federal correctional complex in Yazoo City, Mississippi, reported to staff that he had been assaulted. Mr. Ramos was evaluated by medical staff at the institution, who determined he had sustained some bruises and abrasions.

“The injuries sustained were minor in nature. Inmate Ramos was subsequently placed in the special housing unit, pending a thorough investigation of the incident. He will remain in the special housing unit until the conclusion of this investigation,” Snow continued. “No further information is available at this time.”

WND had reported on that beating a day earlier, when Ramos’ wife and father-in-law told WND the former agent said the assailants “got me pretty good.”

He reported being assaulted by five Hispanic men with steel-toed boots.

“They kicked me in the head, they kicked me all over the body. I’m all bruised and very sore,” Ramos reportedly said, adding he bled from his left ear.

“No security came to his rescue,” the jailed Border Patrol agent’s wife told WND. “Another inmate came and got him and said, ‘Hey, dude, let me help you up.’ The other inmate walked my husband over to security.”

Patti Compean, wife of imprisoned agent Jose Compean, told WND her husband was in a different prison, still in solitary confinement.

 


Do you have a tough question you’d like to ask the White House? WND’s MR. PRESIDENT! forum is your big chance.

 


Related special offers:

 


Special offers:

“PREMEDITATED MERGER: How leaders are stealthily transforming USA into North American Union”

Autographed! – Pat Buchanan unleashed on border crisis

Tom Tancredo: America itself “In Mortal Danger”

Get Minutemen founder’s new book

Get special Whistleblower issue: “SECRETS OF THE INVASION”

“Conquest of Aztlan”: Will Mexicans retake American Southwest?

Get Ann’s latest and hottest book, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism”

“The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom”

“Journalistic Fraud: How the New York Times Distorts the News and Why it Can no Longer be Trusted”

Sen. Tom Coburn’s “Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders into Insiders”

“Christianity and the American Commonwealth”

“America’s Victories”

 


Previous stories:

Imprisoned border agent beaten by fellow inmates

Let Biden, Obama talk, Snow says

It’s nice to see ‘Hanoi Jane,’ Snow says

Fonda to ride again as anti-war crusader

Is Fonda-Hayden reunion planned?

Vet bars Fonda film from theaters

Fonda distances herself from ‘fundamentalists’

Bush’s pro-life message marks ‘Roe’ anniversary

‘President will deal with censorship if needed’

President’s spokesman answers WND reader’s question

Snow: Immigration laws not enforced

Snow: ‘Border agents must obey law, too’

Feds: ‘We’ll get back to you on that’

Question about Iranian nuke plan not ‘serious’

Snow promises to research WND questions

Snow steps back from Jackson’s race opinion

Snow: Episcopal split just an ‘ecclesiastical’ dispute

Cleaning congressional ethics ‘a noble goal,’ Snow says

Snow: Don’t read meaning into church schedule change

Bush lives Christian faith, doesn’t impose it, Snow says

White House says U.N. needs to work on democracy

Kyl: ISG may worsen Iranian nuclear threat

‘War and peace’ concerns president, not Dems, says Snow

‘Create freedom, destroy terror’ remains goal

‘Threat’ to Bush generates ‘No comment’ from White House

Snow avoids ‘ecclesiastical’ position on Episcopal ‘gays’

  • Text smaller
  • Text bigger
Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.