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Originally posted by resistor
This is nothing but part of the Bush attempt to spin his ‘legacy’. If he had given a full pardon I would give him his propers, but this is just CYA.
The message that was sent by prosecuting Ramos and Campeon remains. Don’t F with the drug smugglers. Que Bono.
The executive director of Jim Gilchrist's Minuteman Project, Inc., Stephen J. Eichler, JD, called the office of the U.S. Pardon Attorney, Ronald Rodgers, in Washington , D.C. to discuss the prospect of a presidential pardon for Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, two border patrol agents who have been imprisoned for the past two years.
"After speaking with a U.S. Pardon Attorney staff coordinator about the serious nature of this matter my call was immediately put through to Mr. Rodgers himself," Eichler said.
The U.S. Pardon Attorney consults directly to the President of the United States with recommendations for the pardoning of prisoners in federal prisons.
Pardons, no? Commutations, yes?
"We had a very frank and open discussion regarding the plight of the two border patrol agents," Eichler said. "During the conversation Rodgers mentioned that agents Ramos and Compean were not eligible for pardons; however, they may be eligible for commutations."
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"Rodgers was very informative and courteous," Eichler continued. "We got right to the point. The truth of the matter is a commutation is a strong position for Ramos Compean to be in. All a pardon does is nullify punishment or stop the legal consequence to a sentence. Apparently, the defendants are not eligible for pardons. However, they may be eligible for a commutation of sentence which would result in a possible reduction of their sentence. It could be very possible that the Pardon Attorney may recommend that their sentences be shown as 'with time served.'