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From: Vito Danelli (e-mail him)President Bush was in Nashville last week to promote his budget proposal and presumably to mingle with the 26 percent of the public that still supports him.
During a Question and Answers session, a female attendee asked Bush the following:
"My question to you is this: There are two border guards presently in jail. The Tennessee General Assembly passed a resolution, with 91 votes in the House and 30 in the Senate, asking our Tennessee delegation to support—to go to you asking for a pardon for these two men that were tried, where information was left not with—was kept back from their trial. And there's also a resolution in the House, H.R. 40, with a number of our Tennessee delegation signed on to that. Will you pardon these men that are unjustly imprisoned?"
To which the Bush replied:
"I'm not going to make that kind of promise in a forum like this. Obviously I am interested in facts. I know the prosecutor very well, Johnny Sutton. He's a dear friend of mine from Texas. He's a fair guy. He is an even-handed guy.
"And I can't imagine—you've got a nice smile, but you can't entice me into making a public statement—[laughter]—on something that requires a very—know this is an emotional issue, but people need to look at the facts. These men were convicted by a jury of their peers after listening to the facts as my friend, Johnny Sutton, presented them.
"But anyway, no, I won't make you that promise."
Read the White House transcript here.
"A jury of their peers" convicted Ramos and Compean—just as a similar jury convicted Scooter Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice.
But Libby's sentence was commuted while Ramos and Compean remain in solitary confinement, for their safety, at federal correctional facilities.
If Bush wants to show that he is, like he claims his friend Sutton is, a "fair and even handed guy," he'll drop his double standard of justice and pardon Ramos and Compean.