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House Proceeding 01-13-09 on Jan 13th, 2009 :: 0:21:30 to 0:25:00
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Walter B. Jones

0:21:28 to 0:21:49( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: the accomplishments of the distinguished gentleman from kentucky, senator mitch mcconnell. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields time. mr. jones from north carolina is recognized for five minutes. mr. jones: mr. speaker, before president bush leaves office next week, he has the power to correct a terrible injustice.

Walter B. Jones

0:21:30 to 0:25:00( Edit History Discussion )
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Walter B. Jones

0:21:50 to 0:22:11( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: over the past two years members of congress have written to the president as a group and individually asking him to commute the sentences of imprisoned u.s. border patrol agents ramos and compean. it is well-known these border agents were convicted and sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison for shooting and wounding

Walter B. Jones

0:22:12 to 0:22:33( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: a mexican drug smuggler who brought million worth of marijuana across the u.s. borders into 2005. this saturday, january 17, of 2009, wil mark the beginning of the agents' third year in federal prison. on november 24, 2008, president

Walter B. Jones

0:22:34 to 0:22:54( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: bush granted 14 pardons and commuteations. clemency was granted to individuals convicted of crimes such as drug conspiracy, tax invasion, dumping hazard waste, bank embezzlement, and theft of government property. on december 22, 2008, the president issued 19 additional

Walter B. Jones

0:22:55 to 0:23:15( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: pardons and one commuteation. unfortunately, mr. speaker, ramos and compean have not made the list. with the help of lou dobbs and countless others news outlets, americans across this nation have learned of the unjust prosecution of these two men who were doing their job to protect our border. since the agents' conviction,

Walter B. Jones

0:23:16 to 0:23:36( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: the white house has received thousands of phone calls from outraged citizens and letters sent by members of congress on both sides of the political aisle. on november 20, 2008, i joined congressman bill delahunt, dana rohrabacher, and others in a letter to pardon attorney ronald

Walter B. Jones

0:23:37 to 0:23:57( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: rogers which outlined the reasons for our request. and most recently on december 11, 2008, i wrote the president to ask that he commute the agents' sentences before they have to spend another christmas in federal prison. and, mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that i may submit the letter for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without

Walter B. Jones

0:23:58 to 0:24:18( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: objection. mr. jones: a response from the white house said the agents' request for commutation, and i quote r. receiving a careful and fair review. if the president takes the time to personally review the agents' case, i am confident the facts will lead him to the same conclusion the majority of

Walter B. Jones

0:24:19 to 0:24:39( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: americans have already reached. the indictments against these men were unjustified. the president should carefully consider one of the most troubling aspects of this case, the agents were charged under a statute intended for violent criminals carrying guns, not for law enforcement officers acting in the line of duty.

Walter B. Jones

0:24:40 to 0:25:00( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: because the border agents were required to carry firearms during the course of their duties, i urge the president to commute the 10-year mandatory sentencing for these charges. mr. speaker, time is running out for the president to reverse this grave injustice committed against ramos and compean. i pray he will open his heart to

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