Now that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions (with a small adjustment) of Ramos And Compean and the Supreme Court has refused to hear the case, perhaps people will begin to see these two for what they are.
They’re not criminals in the sense that we see criminals, but they did knowingly break the law and with the commutation, received appropriate sentences, but they remain two convicted felons, rightfully so. Their stupidity lead to their being charged and convicted. And probably without any willful criminal intent in the beginning. But they are not “Brave Patriotic Americans”. Simply two dumbasses that made the wrong choice.
That right, the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Supreme Court refuses ex-Border Patrol agents’ appeal
This effectively puts to rest any hopes these two have of having their felony convictions overturned.
Is this a vindication of the much-maligned Johnny Sutton (and the trial judge, and the Fifth Circuit justices, all of whom some have suggested were involved, along with the Bush Administration, in some Oliver Stone-like conspiracy) or an indication that SCOTUS is satisfied the men are now free?
Or to put it another way. Who is better able to decide the legalities of this case? The 5th Circuit and the Justices of the Supreme Court, or people like Lou Dobbs, Tom Tancredo, Glenn Beck, Joe Loya and all the others who spun this case into something that resembled nothing like what occurred and is part of the official record.
Legally speaking, of course, it upholds the government’s case. And I’ll put my money on the Justices.