There will be a protest on Saturday, January 13 in Manhattan at the intersection of Centre Street and Pearl Street from 12 pm to 2 pm. We are protesting over the prosecution of two border patrol agents who were convicted on the testimony of a drug smuggler. The protest location is two blocks northeast of City Hall and is by the US Court of Appeals. Please call me if you have any questions, 917-796-4334 Jason
Jose Alonso Compean
Two U.S. Border Patrol agents sentenced to lengthy prison terms for shooting a drug-smuggling suspect as he fled across the Rio Grande want a new trial, saying three jurors claim they were pressured into returning guilty verdicts.
Jose Alonso Compean, 28, and Ignacio Ramos, 37, were sentenced Oct. 19 by U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Cardone in El Paso, Texas, to 12 and 11 years in prison, respectively, for causing serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and a civil rights violation.
A federal jury convicted the two men in March after a two-week trial, and Judge Cardone ordered them to report to prison Jan. 17.
Aldrete-Davila was shot after he illegally entered the United States near Fabens, Texas, and refused efforts by the agents to stop the van. Court records show he jumped from the vehicle and ran south to the Rio Grande, where he was confronted by Compean, who was knocked to the ground. Although wounded, Aldrete-Davila managed to cross the border and escape in a waiting van.
Ramos' El Paso-based attorney, Mary Stillinger, plans to appeal the case to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans based, in part, on sworn affidavits of three jurors -- Robert Gourley, Claudia Torres and Edine Woods -- who said they were incorrectly instructed that their verdict had to be unanimous and that the judge would not accept a hung jury.