WASHINGTON — Attorney General-designate Michael Mukasey is under pressure from some in Congress to review the case of two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a Mexican drug dealer.
Forty-five lawmakers, led by Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., sent a letter to Mukasey on Tuesday contending that previous reviews of the prosecution of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean were not “fair and unbiased.”
“Given the close personal relationships between (U.S. Attorney Johnny) Sutton, President Bush and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, numerous questions regarding the propriety of this prosecution remain unanswered by the Department of Justice,” the letter read.
A spokeswoman for Sutton, the federal prosecutor for Texas’ western judicial district who handled the case, declined to comment on the letter.
Rohrabacher said Mukasey’s confirmation should be contingent on his willingness to revisit the case.
“If this new attorney general is unwilling to look into this, he doesn’t deserve to be attorney general,” Rohrabacher said.
Mukasey’s confirmation hearing was scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Ramos and Compean are serving 11- and 12-year federal prison sentences, respectively, for the 2005 shooting of Osvaldo Aldrete Davila on the Texas border near El Paso.
The case has caused a furor among conservative lawmakers and on talk radio across the country.
The agents shot him in the buttocks as he fled, but got rid of crucial evidence and failed to report the incident as required. They later found a load of marijuana in a van that Aldrete had used to try to elude them. But Sutton said there was no proof to tie the drugs to Aldrete so he could not prosecute him.
An appeal by Ramos and Compean is scheduled to be heard the week of Dec. 3 before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, according to Rohrabacher’s office.
On Tuesday, the lawmakers also asked Mukasey to order that Ramos be transferred to a minimum-security prison camp. He has been held in solitary confinement for his own protection for 10 months. The letter contends Ramos is in conditions “worse than those enjoyed by suspected terrorists in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.”
Editor’s Note: When will people realize that by their own admission and actions, these two klowns are right where they deserve to be. I don’t agree with the length of the sentence, but these fools BROKE THE LAW! And if it was not for Ramos, I believe, having a rich daddy in law, this matter would have faded from the headlines. Perhaps a reduction in sentence, but NO PARDONS, NO PAROLE!