Ramos/Compean Part 2: Gilmer Hernandez

From this:

A Texas deputy sheriff [Guillermo F. Hernandez, "Gilmer"] who fired shots at a fleeing vehicle after the driver tried to run him down faces 10 years in prison for injuring one of the passengers, a Mexican national being smuggled illegally into the United States... The deputy's boss, Sheriff Donald G. Letsinger, said his officer -- who had been on the job for a year -- "followed the letter of the law" in defending himself in the April 2005 incident and questioned why the government brought charges...

Guess who prosecuted him? No, really, it was the U.S. Attorney who also prosecuted Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean, none other than Johnny Sutton.

As with the other case, I don't know the details, but the government's conduct in that case leaves me very suspicious regarding this one.


It sounds like a thorough review of Sutton's cases (as well as the judges involved) are in order, and it sounds like that review might be beginning. Part of the problem however is that in both of these cases, we have had juries that are willing to convict. Even with the shenanigans and prevaricating that Sutton has done, I believe that I would have found it hard to convict any of these officers from all that I've read up to this point.