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United States v. Compean/Ramos
In one of his last official acts before leaving office on January 20, 2009, President Bush commuted the prison sentences of two U.S. Border Patrol Agents, Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos, who were treated with undue harshness for mistakes they made while attempting to defend the U.S.-Mexico border from drug smugglers. The decision was a victory for WLF, which has been working for more than two years to secure leniency for Compean and Ramos. The agents were convicted for chasing down and wounding a drug smuggler from Mexico; he was transporting almost 750 pounds of marijuana in a van across the border. The legal fight is not over, however. President Bush's action leaves the agents' convictions intact; it merely commutes their prison sentences to time served. With WLF's assistance, Compean and Ramos have been appealing their convictions and sentences in the federal courts. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by March 2009 on their petitions for review of the case.
Case Status:
Partial victory. Petitions for Supreme Court review pending.
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