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Letter to the Editor: Deliberate miscarriage of justice

Sylmar, Calif.


Two Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compeon, have been sent to prison for trying to arrest a drug smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila. He brought nearly $1 million of marijuana across our border in his van. After a brief scuffle, he ran back across the border into Mexico. The agents fired at him because he pointed a gun at them several times as he ran. He was shot once in the buttocks.

The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security sent agents to Mexico to find Aldrete-Davila, offer him immunity, free medical care, and bring him back to testify against the two agents. They also helped him file a $5 million lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol.

The agents trial was a miscarriage of justice in many ways. While Aldrete-Davila was waiting to testify against the two agents, he was arrested for attempting to bring another load of drugs into our country. The prosecutors set him free and suppressed mention of his drug arrest so as not to harm his credibility. Also, during deliberations, three jurors wanted to vote not guilty but the jury foreman claimed the judge said they must vote to convict. Go to for more details.

Many thousands of citizens are in an uproar over this case. Also, at least 75 U.S. Congressmen have introduced legislation to release the two agents from custody. President Bush pardoned four drug smugglers on Dec. 21, 2006. He can easily pardon the two agents. All he needs is to hear from many more citizens.

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