I have been upfront in the past about my ambivalence on George W’s presidency. I am not a huge fan, but also think he gets a bad rap sometimes.
This move, however, shows some solid common sense. If you didn’t follow the story, these two agents shot a would-be illegal immigrant in the backside during an arrest. The facts of the shooting were odd to be sure (how about the fact that they scooped up their shell casings) and I figure it was likely a bad shoot. However, as with all “bad” shootings, there has to be some allowance made for the fact that these officers work in the environment they do, and that border-runners can and do kill.
Not to mention that the “victim” here is a legitimate piece of trash.
So the conviction angered me, but did not completely surprise me. Then came the sentence: TEN YEARS? Really? That kind of time is difficult to secure for hard core gangsters who kill in cold blood. I remember at the time it seemed like a knee-jerk reaction, and Bush apparently agreed. As his spokesman said, the sentence just didn’t fit the crime.
Nice work, Mr. President.