Investigation, Arrest, and Trial of U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean: Background and Issues [March 13, 2007]   [open pdf - 149KB]

From the Document: "This memorandum summarizes the February 17, 2005, shooting of Osvaldo Aldrete- Davila (Aldrete-Davila) and the subsequent investigation, arrest, prosecution, and conviction of U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents Ignacio Ramos (Ramos) and Jose Compean (Compean). The descriptions provided are primarily from an investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and press releases by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas. This case has received widespread coverage by the news media, and many sources have reported different accounts of the events of February 17, 2005 and of the subsequent trial, and have come to varying legal conclusions. All of this has created some controversy and uncertainty surrounding this case. This memorandum also discusses some of the issues that have recently gained attention and lists legislative responses from the 110th Congress. Issues relating to congressional pardons, as proposed in recent legislation, are not discussed in this memorandum. According to the DHS OIG report, around 1:00 p.m. on February 17, 2005, Aldrete-Davila attempted to drive a van loaded with 743 pounds of marijuana to a 'stash house' located near Fabens, Texas. Aldrete-Davila noticed he was being followed by USBP agents, at which time he turned the van around and started driving back toward Mexico. After losing control of the vehicle, he jumped out and attempted to run back to Mexico. Refusing to stop at the commands of agent Ramos, Aldrete-Davila jumped into a ditch abutting a levee near the U.S.-Mexico border."

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