JW Earns Court Victory in Pursuit of Ramos/Compean Documents

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Feb 18, 2006
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    Former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, once prosecuted and jailed by the federal government for shooting and slightly wounding a Mexican drug smuggler, are home now thanks to President Bush, who commuted their prison sentences. But Judicial Watch's fight over documents related to the decision to prosecute the two Border Patrol agents continues.

    And on February 25th, Judicial Watch earned a court victory when Judge Richard Leon ordered the government to turn over the documents related to the incident or explain clearly why they are being withheld. The ruling came in Judicial Watch's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    According to The Associated Press:

    A judge has ordered the federal government to turn over documents related to the shooting of a fleeing drug smuggler or explain why it's withholding them. The shooting led to the imprisonment and presidential commutation of two U.S. Border Patrol agents.

    Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, filed Freedom of Information Act requests two years ago with the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security for records relating to the drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila."

    The federal government had filed a "motion for summary judgment" to kill the lawsuit by making the ridiculous claim that all documents requested by Judicial Watch are exempt from disclosure because of an overriding personal privacy interest. In fact, according to the government's reasoning, because of this blanket exemption, government officials do not even have to execute a search for responsible documents. Judge Leon rejected this argument. The government made a secondary claim that Judicial Watch would have to prove government wrongdoing before any search for responsive documents would be executed. Judge Leon found this argument, "unavailing."

    The court noted that "Judicial Watch wants to know ‘what their government is up to.'

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  2. billwald

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    Were the bad guys shot in the back? Refresh my memory.

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