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US vs. Ramos & Compean Case

 

FriendsOfTheBorderPatrol.com and now LEOAC is the best source of information about the case of the U.S. Government vs USBP Agents Ramos & Compean. This case violates several sacred tenets of the Constitution in that the non-existant rights (US vs Verdugo-Urquidez - 1990) of doper, Osvaldo Alderete Davila were more important than enforcement the crimes committed by the doper. It is provided for historical and educational purposes so you can learn how America's Departments of Justice & Homeland Security Operate, as well as our Judicial Branch. We investigated this case independently, and stand by our statements made on this case, which raise many questions that Congress and the media have failed to ask all involved. In order to reach the conclusions we have, you have to look at it from every point of view, prosecutor, defense, and independent observer.

*Note: FOBP first raised the issue of US vs Verdugo-Urquidez with Congress and the Executive Branch while assisting both Ramos and Compean in Sept. 2006.


Ramos/Compean Case Status

*Last Updated on April 20, 2009: Again, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean sentences were commuted by President George W. Bush. However, they will still be under supervised release with provisions for three years. As for their continued case appeals, their appellate counsels filed writs of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, which were denied. Their previous appeals were denied by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Their appellate counsels filed requests for rehearing by the court and en banc, which means a request with all judges of the 5th Circuit Court, which were also denied. Given the level of corruption in our current government and the fact, as we have experienced firsthand on numerous cases, the courts are ignoring the rule of law concerning facts, fair and speedy trials, evidence, abuse on the part of U.S. Attorney Offices and DOJ, as well as going so far as to ignore US Supreme Court Rulings and thus precedence. Though we have complete faith and support in the appellate counsels, faith in the court is an entirely different matter based on rulings by courts of all levels of the U.S. Judicial Branch. As a result, we feel it unlikely to see a ruling from any court in Ramos/Compean's favor, including the U.S. Supreme Court. That is how rampant the corruption is. That is how the U.S. Congress has failed in its Constitutional mandated duty as part of checks and balances to hold the Executive and Judicial Branches accountable.

Rather than raise money for the appeal, and remembering what it took for the NBPC to get involved in the case in the first place, we call on the national to call an e-board meeting, suspend/waive their bylaws, and use their own legal defense fund paid for by agents dues if they truly believe in the courts to correct a matter we first brought to the nation's attention. This is a fund paid into by agents across the nation that agents cannot access, and which is a regular part of their dues.


Answers due to questions we've received regarding Ramos/Compean case & Investigation

*Updated on January 19, 2009: FOBP supported a commutation of sentence for Ramos and Compean by the President, which is well known and established. President George W. Bush commuted their sentences on January 19, 2009, two years and two days after the two former agents surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving their prison sentences. This would not have been possible without the support of people across America.

Our chairman, Andy Ramirez, was the first figure to investigate their case and sacrificed countless hours working solely on their case, while other officers continued to wait patiently. It must be acknowledged that everyone that Mr. Ramirez consulted with suggested he not touch this case let alone investigate it, which he ignored because gut instinct said something was not right. Sara Carter then of the Daily Bulletin wrote an article after a request from me to investigate their case in August 2006. TJ Bonner and the agent union then finally began to assist at Ramirez' request. From that point - August 2006, between our independent investigation, which had gone on for several months, and the extensive media coverage, the story of this case was exposed to people all across America who have been generous with donations, spent hours attending rallies, calling and faxing support to Congress and the White House, and provided countless prayers..

It must be noted that FOBP ceased accepting money on behalf of Ramos in September 2006, and Compean in 2008. Donations were always forwarded to the families, and fees paid directly to the appeals attorneys. These facts are indisputable and contrary to the slanderous and malicious allegations that was posted on Ramos' official website, AgentRamos.com until they learned of the commutation. FOBP ceased providing and operating the website for Agent Compean due to the mutual agreement to terminate the contract, which was agreed to in early 2008. Again, this did allow FOBP to finally be able to assist a number of other officers and investigate their cases, many of whom have been generally ignored by the national media, unlike Ramos/Compean. For the record, many of these cases were even more aggregious than this one.


*Official Case Documents in U.S. vs Ramos and Compean

Click HERE to read the 5th Circuit Appeal denial for hearing R/C case en banc

Click HERE to read the Compean appeal of the July 28, 2008 original appeal decision

Click HERE to read the Compean request for rehearing to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (en banc)

Click HERE to read the Ramos request for rehearing to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (en banc)

Click HERE to read our press release regarding US vs Verdugo-Urquidez from Sept. 2006


Ramos/Compean Lose Appeal/10 Year 924c Gun Charge Upheld by Appellate Court.

Click HERE to read the 5th Circuit Appeal decision in the case of US vs. Ramos/Compean


Ramos/Compean Appeals to 5th Circuit Court, & Responses, & Amicus Briefs

All Ramos/Compean Case Appeal Materials are available below.  Some materials remain sealed to this day from the original trial.  These files are available in Adobe Acrobat format.

 

Click HERE to read the Compean Appeal

Click HERE to read the Ramos Appeal

Click HERE to read Johnny Sutton's Office Response to the Ramos/Compean Appeals

Click HERE to read the Compean Response to the Sutton Response to the Appeal

Click HERE to read the Ramos Response to the Sutton Response to the Appeal

Click HERE to read the Congressional Amicus Brief assisting the Ramos/Compean Appeal

Click HERE to read the Amicus Brief filed by WLF on behalf of Ramos/Compean Appeal


 

The Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Click HERE to watch the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing - Senator Dianne Feinstein, Acting Chairman - July 17, 2007


 

The House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing

Click HERE to watch the House Hearing; Rep. Bill Delahunt, Subcommittee Chairman - July 31, 2007


Compean Court Transcripts

All trial transcripts released by the Department of Justice in the Compean/Ramos matter are available below.  The DOJ has, for some unknown and unstated reason, withheld portions of the trial transcript.  These files are available in Adobe Acrobat format.


EL PASO CANDLELIGHT VIGIL (Jan. 2007)

El Paso Candlelight Vigil for Agents Compean & RamosCo-Hosted by FOBP - National Border Patrol Council - Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 82

We invited law enforcement officers and the general public to join us in El Paso as we held a candlelight vigil for Border Patrol Agents Compean & Ramos. We asked Judge Cardone to leave the agents out on bond during the appeal process, which was denied. Agent Compean attended the candlelight vigil prior to surrendering to the US Marshals' Service to begin serving his sentence. Under bond terms Agents Compean & Ramos were not allowed to be at any events together, excluding court appearances.

WASHINGTON, DC PRESS CONFERENCE (Jan. 2007)

Members of Congress Poe, Hunter, Jones, Rohrabacher, Royce, and Wilson joined by Jose and Patty Compean, T.J. Bonner, Rich Pierce, and Andy RamirezOn January 10, 2007, Jose & Patty Compean, TJ Bonner, and Rich Pierce of the National Border Patrol Council, and Andy Ramirez were welcomed by numerous Members of Congress to Washington, DC, and held a press conference at the Cannon House Office Bldg. Agent Jose Compean and his wife Patty were able to attend the press conference. Under bond terms Agents Compean & Ramos were not allowed to be at any events together, excluding court appearanes.


Members of Congress hold press conference for Ramos & Compean in DC; Also attending is TX Border Sheriff, NBPC President, and FOBP Chairman (Sept. 2006)

Yesterday, September 7, 2006, a press conference was held in Washington, DC, which was attended by Members of Congress Walter B. Jones, Virginia Foxx, Tom Tancredo, Virgil Goode, and former Texas Judges Ted Poe, and Louie Gohmert. Also, attending was Sheriff Terry Crawford of Uvalde County Texas, National Border Patrol Council President TJ Bonner, and our chairman Andy Ramirez. FAIR was the event co-sponsor. We'll post a report with pictures later this weekend about Sheriff Crawford and Mr. Ramirez lobbying efforts before Congress regarding the Border Patrol and border security. Thanks to FAIR for providing the following film clips.


FOBP's Ramirez Requests & Gets Congressional Investigation and Hearing from Sensenbrenner Committee

Andy Ramirez, FOBP Chairman testified on August 17, 2006 in El Paso, TX before the House Committee on the Judiciary led by Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner. Other witnesses included El Paso County Sheriff Leo Samaniego, and El Paso Police Chief Richard Wiles. Click below to watch the complete hearing.

The oversight hearing was entitled "Should Mexico Hold Veto Power Over U.S. Border Security Decisions?" and Mr. Ramirez testified as to the level of corruption in the El Paso region, and also requested that Congress conduct an investigation and hearings into the Compean & Ramos case, which was immediately agreed to by the House Judiciary Committee on a bi-partisan basis.

Read the Ramirez testimony here >

Click HERE to watch the Judiciary Committee Hearing >


 


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Financial Report

Donations (as of 12/06):

-Received: $42,100

-Disbursed: $42,100

-BPA Compean: $22,500

-BPA Ramos: $7,500

 

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