Metavid

Video archive of the US Congress

House Proceeding 06-23-08 on Jun 23rd, 2008 :: 0:11:18 to 0:15:49
Total video length: 43 minutes Stream Tools: Stream Overview | Edit Time

Note: MetaVid video transcripts may contain inaccuracies, help us build a more perfect archive

Download OptionsEmbed Video

Views:197 Duration: 0:04:31 Discussion

Previous speech: Next speech:

Ted Poe

0:07:18 to 0:11:18( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ted Poe

Ted Poe

0:11:02 to 0:11:18( Edit History Discussion )

Ted Poe: in the nd expression of those fundamental rights. and for the u.s. marines, we say, semper fi, semper fi. and that's just the way it is. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: mr.

Walter B. Jones

0:11:18 to 0:11:32( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: mcdermott of washington. mr. jones of north carolina. >> i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes.

Walter B. Jones

0:11:18 to 0:15:49( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Walter B. Jones

Walter B. Jones

0:11:32 to 0:11:44( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: >> mr. speaker, as the members of the house are aware, in february of 2006, u.s. border . patrol a gents ramos and compean were convict ed of shooting and oo wounding a mexican drug smuggl er. who

Walter B. Jones

0:11:44 to 0:12:00( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: brought $1 million worth of pa marijuana across our borderscr into texas. the agents were sentenced to 11e and 12 years in prison. and now ha ve been in federal prison for 523 days. last

Walter B. Jones

0:12:00 to 0:12:13( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: week i sent a letter signed by congressman ted poe, roadway backer, good, golf ball measure, cull bersome and manzullo to ask the u.s. department of jus dtice of professional responsibility to investigate

Walter B. Jones

0:12:13 to 0:12:24( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: the actions of u.s. attorney johnny sutton and this case. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to submit a copy of thismi letter for the congressional record. the speaker pro tempore: without

Walter B. Jones

0:12:24 to 0:12:35( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: objection. mr. jones: thank you, sir. one of the main reasons for this request stems from the firearm charge used by his office in prosecuting the agents. this charge carried a 10-year minimu

Walter B. Jones

0:12:35 to 0:12:52( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: m sentence. without this charge, one of the agents, agent ramos, would havt e already completed his sentence and would be out of prison and with his family today. the office of u.s. attorney

Walter B. Jones

0:12:52 to 0:13:03( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: u. johnny sutton charged the agents with t he discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence. yet there is no such crime. the law makes it a crime to use o r carry or possess a firearm in relations

Walter B. Jones

0:13:03 to 0:13:29( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: to a ny crime of violence. en the supreme court rule last year in the united states vs. watson at that discharged of a firearm isd only a sentencing factor for a in judge to considerju at

Walter B. Jones

0:13:29 to 0:13:41( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: the convention, not for the jury to fo determine if a crime occurred. . . however, you w ould that i that the law awenforcement officers were carrying their firearms. ar why congress enacted this statute,

Walter B. Jones

0:13:41 to 0:14:00( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: one reason stands out to warn criminals to think twice before the y stick a gun in theirn pocket on the way to the scene of a crime. of this reason for the statute clearly does not apply,

Walter B. Jones

0:14:00 to 0:14:13( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: does not apply to law enforcement officers like ramos and compean. these men were not carrying guns so they could commit a crime but as part of their job. by focusing the jury's attention on this

Walter B. Jones

0:14:13 to 0:14:26( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: nonexist ant crs ime of discharging a firearm, there is reason to bieve that johnny sutton intentionally manipulatedal the federal criminal code to obtain a crimi nal conviction against these

Walter B. Jones

0:14:26 to 0:14:40( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: two border patrol agents at all costs. the american people must be competent that they will not tailor the law to secure a conviction in a particular case. federal prosecutors take an oath

Walter B. Jones

0:14:40 to 0:14:52( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: to enforce the law, not to mheake it. i want the families of ramos and compean to know that my colleagues and i will escontinue to bring this injustice to the ic attention of the american people

Walter B. Jones

0:14:52 to 0:15:04( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: and to the white house. i am knows grateful, i am most grateful to chairman john rm conyers and his staff for their interest i n investigating the in prosecution in this case. i hope that the

Walter B. Jones

0:15:04 to 0:15:21( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: house judiciary us committee will soon hold a hearing on this injustice. and i'm also hopeful that the department of justice will take this matter seriously and will wi investigate mr. sutton's

Walter B. Jones

0:15:21 to 0:15:33( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: conduct in this case. mr. speaker, before closing, i want the family again of border patrol agents ramos and compean that those of us in congress, wee care about their families and these border

Walter B. Jones

0:15:33 to 0:15:49( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: agents and never under any circumstancr es should they have been indicted and prosecuted. and i thank chairman john conyers for holding hearings on this matter. and withhat, i yield back the

Susan Collins

0:15:49 to 0:16:10( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house an enrolled bill at this moment. the clerk: h.r. 343, an act to promote and enhance public safety by facilitating

Personal tools

MetaVid is a non-profit project of UC Santa Cruz and the Sunlight Foundation. Learn more About MetaVid

The C-SPAN logo and other servicemarks that may be found in video content are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Metavid