Senators Grill Prosecutor of Ex-Border Agents

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=/Politics/archive/200707/POL20070718a.html

    Senators Grill Prosecutor of Ex-Border Agents
    By Fred Lucas
    CNSNews.com Staff Writer
    July 18, 2007

    (CNSNews.com) - Looking for a word to describe a prosecutor's controversial actions that helped put two former U.S. Border Patrol agents in prison, a senior senator Tuesday settled on "overreaction."

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    The panel also focused on the conviction for discharging a firearm while committing a crime, an offense carrying a mandatory sentence of 10 years. It was one of 12 charges brought against the agents and a key factor in the length of their sentences.

    Senators from both parties on the committee contended the statute is not intended for law enforcement officials who use their weapons while doing their job.

    "There was no criminal intent [on the part of the agents]," argued Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). "Indeed, the intent was to create a lawful society."

    David Botsford, an attorney for Ramos, told the panel that even if Aldrete-Davila was unarmed -- as the prosecution had convinced the jury -- the agents believed they saw him pointing something shiny at them.

    "If there is a good faith mistaken belief that Davila had a gun, they had the right to use their guns," Botsford said.

    During his testimony, Sutton said: "The fact is that it is a crime to discharge a firearm during a crime of violence, and we will continue to bring those charges where the law and evidence warrants."

    Feinstein asked him, "Did the jury know that [the gun crime charge] carried a 10-year minimum sentence?"

    "No, Ma'am," Sutton replied.
     
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    I think we have a U.S. Attorney that needs to be fired.

    Wait. I forgot. Can't do that anymore.:rolleyes:

    Anyone in favor of a pardon?
     
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    Thing is, they're just lowly border patrol agents, with Hispanic names to boot, so Mr. Sutton, who is not a racist, put them in jail.

    Now, if they were cops in blue uniforms, or maybe Texas Rangers with 'em 10 gallon hats, and that ol' Texas drawl, maybe he'll find no criminal intent ?

    I seem to recall an Air Force guy shot in the chest, while he was sitting on the floor, or the road, beside his car, and the police officer standing not ten feet from him shot him, because he reached for something in his pocket, which turned out to be an air force id or OSI badge or something, that he was going to show the cop.

    Now, the cop shot him, because the cop thought he mighta been reaching for a gun. He did not yet see anything shiny in the guy's hand which he could mistake for a gun.

    Cop was acquitted.

    What the dickens is the difference between a border patrol agent and a cop ?

    Now between Aldrete-Davila and a slightly belligerent American Air Force member, there is quite a big difference.

    The former is a known drug smuggler, while the latter is in his country's services, though he did appear to be talking back to the officer.
     

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