Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Watch List: Border Agents Lose Appeal

The Houston Chronicle reports that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has "upheld most of the convictions against former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, including the use of a firearm to commit a violent crime." The ruling is said to have "outraged" Border Patrol representatives and "supporters of tighter border" control and "renewed efforts on Capitol Hill to exempt law enforcement officials from the mandatory gun statute and convince President Bush to commute the agents' sentences." Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is calling for a commutation of sentence because of a ''clear case of prosecutorial overreach and a case where the sentence does not match the crime." See Chronicle story here.

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