Ramos/Compean case: sentenced to 10+ years, no mistrial
Posted Thu, Oct 19, 2006 at 1:45 pm
The two Border Patrol agents who appear to have been railroaded by our own government have been sentenced to 10+ years each. Before the sentencing, they filed a last minute motion:
...Mary Stillinger, the lawyer for Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos, filed a motion Tuesday to have the verdict set aside and a new trial ordered for the two agents after three jurors said they were coerced by other jurors into finding the agents guilty.This will most likely be a part of whatever appeal is planned.
The Daily Bulletin interviewed two of the jurors in late August, after Ramos and his family broke their 18-month silence about the case in an exclusive interview with the newspaper. Robert Gourley and Claudia Torres told the Daily Bulletin they voted guilty because they did not believe Judge Kathleen Cardone would accept a hung jury.
A third juror, Edine Woods, told Stillinger that the three were still voting not guilty after two days of deliberations. The three said they were misled into finding Ramos and fellow agent Jose Compean guilty, according to Stillinger's motion...