From what I’m hearing (UPDATE: and from what the Associated Press now confirms), Border Patrol Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos may be freed today, four weeks after their sentences were commuted by former President George W. Bush on his last full day in office.
For Compean and Ramos to be unshackled today would be significant in two ways, the first of course being that these two men would finally be able to return home to their families after serving 762 days–762 days too long, if you ask me–on a 4015-day sentence, and the second being that, as of today, it has been four years to the day since the incident which landed the pair in prison thanks to an overzealous and utterly irresponsible prosecutor and a former president that, at the time, seemingly just didn’t give a damn.
Ignacio Ramos turned 40 years old on February 5, and according to a Web site maintained by his family (I think), two days before that, his family was informed that he and Jose Compean could be eligible to leave federal prison, where they have spent the vast majority of time in solitary confinement, well before their scheduled release date of March 20. God, I hope so.
In the meantime, I could go on for hours about the circumstances which resulted in the imprisonment of these men, but now is not a time for venom and for vitriol. If the rumors are correct, I’m far too happy to do so.
Remember, I have not been able to substantiate the rumors and rumblings, but I certainly hope to be correct. If so, without a doubt, today is a day for celebration.
(At least until the current president signs the so-called “stimulus” bill . . . then, I’m back to being angry.)