PARDON ME, MR. PRESIDENT…

Posted on December 27, 2008. Filed under: News And Politics... |

 

Some things are beyond comprehension, as in this case.  President Bush has eight years of pardons under his belt (totaling 200).  Although this is only half the amount of Bill Clinton’s pardons, they are stirring a lot of controversy, and rightly so.   This story really disgusts me!  Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean should have been pardoned by Bush, but he overlooks them in favor of thieves, embezzlers, drug dealers…you get the picture.  I’m wondering why all these dirt bags are receiving clemency instead of the two men who were doing their jobs.  Here’s the story…

 

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INVASION USA
Bush springs drug dealers, lets 2 border agents rot
Ramos-Compean supporter asks: ‘Why is the president dug in so deep?’


Posted: December 23, 2008
10:05 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

 


 

President Bush today added a convicted methamphetamine dealer, a cocaine distributor and two marijuana suppliers to the list of drug operators he’s pardoned while in office, bringing his total of drug suppliers who have been pardoned or had their sentences commuted to 36.

 

He’s also pardoned more than a dozen thieves, seven embezzlers, an arsonist, several mail thieves, a man who violated the Neutrality Act and eight Thanksgiving turkeys, but there’s been no clemency for U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were convicted of shooting at a fleeing drug smuggler.

 

Andy Ramirez of Friends of the Border Patrol, who long has been involved in the Ramos-Compean case, said the questions just start piling up.

"First and foremost is the question that has to be asked, ‘Why is the president dug in so deep’ on Ramos and Compean?" Ramirez said. "Look at how many members of Congress have sent him letters, and have held hearings.

 

"You really have got to start to wonder … does this doper (in the Ramos-Compean case) lead to somebody really big?" he said.

 

Joe Loya, the father-in-law of Ramos, said he, his daughter and grandchildren were "devastated" by word that Ramos and Compean had been denied clemency on the latest list of presidential actions.

 

"We were praying for a miracle. We just don’t understand where the connection is when drug smugglers are getting pardons and commuted sentences, yet two agents who are not criminals, who were just doing their jobs, are in isolation," he told WND by telephone as he traveled to visit his son-in-law in jail on Christmas Eve.

 

"George Bush could redeem himself," he continued. "Ninety-five percent of our support is coming from Republicans. He certainly has nothing to lose.

"He could make millions of people feel good about it, or he could make one person (prosecutor) Johnny Sutton," Loya said. "We hope he will do the right thing."

 

Bush today released a list of 19 more pardons or commutations. Included was a commutation of the life prison term for Reed Raymond Prior of Iowa, convicted of dealing methamphetamine. Pardons were handed out to William Alvis III of Ohio for cocaine distribution, Steve Doyle Cavender of Florida and Marie Elena Eppens of Washington for distributing marijuana.

 

Prior had admitted having methamphetamine with plans to distribute it following three prior felony drug convictions. Bush has approved 10 commutations and about 200 pardons in his two terms, about half the number granted by Bill Clinton.

 

Ramos and Compean, meanwhile, are serving 11- and 12-year prison sentences, respectively, for shooting an 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 and deprivation of civil rights.

 

Send a FedEx letter to the president asking him to help Ramos and Compean.

And sign WND’s petition urging President Bush to free U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

 

U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton’s office gave the smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, full immunity from prosecution for agreeing to serve as the government’s star witness and testify against the border agents. A ruling, from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals, affirmed all convictions except for tampering with an official proceeding, which it vacated and remanded for resentencing.

 

While Aldrete-Davila was waiting to testify against the agents, he also was involved in another drug smuggling case, but that information was withheld from jurors in the Ramos-Compean trial.

 

Eventually, the smuggler was sentenced for the second case, but his sentence was considerably shorter than that of the agents who tried to halt his activities in the earlier episode.

 

Ramos’ attorney, David Botsworth, said a petition for writ of certiorari was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court and docketed Dec. 11. The government has the right to file a response should it choose to do so by early January.

 

"It’s obviously an astronomical uphill battle to get review in the Supreme Court," Botsworth said. "I think the issues are worthy of their consideration."

 

Send a FedEx letter to the president asking him to help Ramos and Compean.

And sign WND’s petition urging President Bush to free U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

 

 

Pardon me, but if you ask me, pardons should not be executed by presidents.  They are grossly abusing their power as evidenced by the pardons of the present and past presidents.  There is a huge conflict of interest with them, as evidenced by the following story of Isaac Toussie

 

Questions linger after Bush withdraws pardon

      

 Story Highlights

       Isaac Toussie was involved in mortgage scheme in New York.

       Answers wanted about how thorough of an investigation there was before his pardon.

       Questions remain about whether pardon was due in part to political connections.

       White House learned Toussie’s father made contributions to top GOP politicians.

 

Questions continued to swirl Thursday over the president’s decision to withdraw a pardon for a New York developer involved in a Long Island mortgage fraud scheme.

President Bush withdrew the pardon of Isaac Toussie after a firestorm of criticism.

 

Isaac Toussie, 36, was convicted in 2001 of mail fraud and of making false statements to the Department of Housing and Urban Development that stemmed from the mortgage scheme.

The White House initially announced the pardon Tuesday afternoon, immediately setting off a firestorm of criticism from angry homeowners and investors, as well as government watchdog organizations quick to note Toussie’s ties to prominent Republican officeholders.

Among the questions now being asked are:

• Why didn’t the White House conduct a more thorough investigation of Toussie’s background?

• Why did White House Counsel Fred Fielding circumvent the typical pardon application process by directly considering Toussie’s clemency request instead of leaving it to the Justice Department?

• Did Toussie get special treatment because of his political connections? Watch why Bush withdrew the pardon »

Toussie and his father, also a developer, are defendants in a lawsuit filed in New York federal court on behalf of more than 400 minority home purchasers who allege a conspiracy involving racial steering, racketeering and fraud related to homes the Toussies built on Staten Island, attorney Peter Seidman told CNN.

"It [the pardon] was a bitter pill for the home purchasers to swallow," he said.

The Toussies had previously been accused of conspiring with lenders and others to build and sell substandard homes — a charge they denied.

According to a senior administration official, the White House learned new information about Toussie’s case Tuesday night — hours after the pardon was announced.

Specifically, the White House learned, according to the official, "additional information about the nature of fraud [Toussie] carried out." The White House also learned that Toussie’s father had made numerous contributions to leading GOP politicians.

In 2008, Toussie’s father donated almost $40,000 to Arizona Sen. John McCain, Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith and Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor.

White House press secretary Dana Perino issued a statement Wednesday saying that "based on information that has subsequently come to light," Bush had told the Justice Department’s pardon attorney not to act on the pardon extended to Toussie.

Instead, Perino said, "The president believes that the pardon attorney should have an opportunity to review this case before a decision on clemency is made."

While almost all pardon requests go through the Justice Department, the Constitution allows the president to grant a pardon or commutation to any individual for any reason.

Perino said Toussie’s pardon was withdrawn before it reached the final stage of the process. The president’s request never made it to the pardon attorney, who actually executes the pardon requests.

Bradford Berenson, Toussie’s lawyer, issued a statement saying Toussie "remains confident" that the pardon attorney will find in his favor.

Toussie was sentenced in September 2003 to a five-month prison sentence in the Long Island case, as well as three years of supervised release.

Seidman told CNN that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the Toussies allege that the quality of construction in homes they bought on Staten Island was inferior to that in the model homes upon which they had based their decision to buy.

They also allege that their applications were coded by race, a violation of civil rights laws, and that they were steered away from racially integrated neighborhoods to segregated neighborhoods, he said.

"I’m baffled that Toussie was selected as a candidate for a pardon in the first place," Seidman said. "So I don’t know what I would say about the re-examination, other than why in the first place they thought he was worthy."

The Toussies deny the allegations in the lawsuit.

An administration official noted it is rare for a pardon to be reversed. Bush’s 189 pardons and nine commutations are far fewer than those granted by Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan in either of their two-term administrations.

Bush’s planned pardon of Toussie was one of 19 presidential pardons announced earlier this week.

 

 

 

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