Convicted Felons and former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean lost another appeal Thursday.
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans refused to reconsider the ruling a three-judge panel had issued in late July that affirmed most of the charges against Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean.
The men shot Osvaldo Aldrete Davila of Mexico, hitting the unarmed smuggler in the buttocks after he abandoned a load of marijuana and ran across the border into Mexico.
The agents said they fired because they thought he had a gun in his hand, but were sent to prison for more than a decade after a jury determined there was a cover-up. Aldrete Davila was given immunity for transporting that load, but was sentenced last month to 114 months in prison over a separate drug load.
Opponents of unauthorized immigration have gotten behind the agents, but U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, who supervised the prosecution, said in a prepared statement, “Today’s ruling validates what this office has said all along — this prosecution was about the rule of law, plain and simple.”
It also validates the position of this website, a position we have maintained all along.
Next stop, the US Supreme Court which I imagine will refuse without comment, to take a look at this case. Justice was served and it wasn’t served in the Court of Public Opinion as the family of Ignacio Ramos tried to make happen.
(But hey! It put a quarter of a million dollars in their pockets)