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What Sort Of Perverse Justice Is This?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Flying Headbutt, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    That would be a great story -- comparisons of crimes and sentences. A lot of them don't seem quite right. Like how in my state (Washington) Internet gambling is the same class of felony as possessing child pornography.
  2. All for his personal use, AQB.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    He probably would have won Border Guard of the Year if he had shared the weed.
  4. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Been listening to an interview with the writer of the article on a radio station online. Seems a couple of jurors are contacting her saying they fucked up badly. Apparently the foreman pressured the rest of the jury hard saying a hung jury wouldn't be accepted, while he wanted to go on spring break in a week.

    To recap:

    -- A border guard turns his comrades in because his drug smuggling friend got shot in the ass.

    -- A drug smuggler with 800 pounds of weed changes his story a few times before he comes up with what he says happens, and his testimony is used to give border guards who shot him for crossing the border with, again 800 pounds of weed, 20 years or so in prison.

    -- The federal government offered a drug smuggler immunity and healthcare to go after these guards. And they went hard trying to get these guards, who were just doing their job.

    -- It's unclear whether the smuggler had a gun or not. The guards say they saw something shiney. A drug smuggler says he was unarmed.

    -- The guards admit administrative mistakes made, such as not filing a report about the incident including that shots were fired. Normally that's a five day suspension, according to the writer. This time it's a 20 year prison sentence.

    -- $5 million of your tax dollars will likely go to this drug smuggler in the civil suit he's filing against the US. What a great country.
  5. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Well ain't that grand.

  6. busuncle

    busuncle Member

    If recent criminal-justice history teaches us anything, it's that whenever police shoot an unarmed person in the back, there will always be a "shiny object," or the subject will have been "reaching in his pocket" or the ever-popular "pointed his finger in the shape of a gun.
  7. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Ok, I'll take the word of the border guard's, and you can take the word of a guy with 800 pounds of marijuana in his van. Then perhaps you can ask Jayson Blair what he saw too.
  8. busuncle

    busuncle Member

    Not to dredge up an old topic, but came across an interesting article for any conservatives on the board who might still be tempted to defend these two thugs.


    An excerpt...

    Cops are peace officers; absent life-and-death exigencies, they are not judge, jury and executioner. Not in big cities like New York. Not in rural middle America. And not on the border. As Sutton put it when I spoke with him, a big part of what separates us from many countries in the world is that “in America, the cops are the good guys.”

    Compean and Ramos are bad guys. Once Aldrete-Davila was down from Ramos’s shot to the backside, they decided, for a second time, not to grab him so he could face justice for his crimes. As they well knew, an arrest at that point — after 15 shots at a fleeing, unarmed man who had tried to surrender — would have shone a spotlight on their performance. So instead, they exacerbated the already shameful display.

    Instead of arresting the wounded smuggler, they put their guns away and left him behind. But not before trying to conceal the improper discharge of their firearms. Compean picked up and hid his shell-casings rather than leaving the scene intact for investigators. Both agents filed false reports, failing to record the firing of their weapons though they were well aware of regulations requiring that they do so. Because the “heroes” put covering their tracks ahead of doing their duty, Aldrete-Davila was eventually able to limp off to a waiting car and escape into Mexico.
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