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megimoo
04-10-2009, 12:59 AM
U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton resigns,best known for screwing Compean and Ramos

U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of Austin, who is the top federal prosecutor for a 68-county swath of central, south and west Texas, told his staff today that he is resigning the post effective April 19.

Spokeswoman Shana Jones said Sutton e-mailed a letter of resignation this morning to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Jones said Sutton would not speak to the media until next week and currently does not want to disclose his future plans.

Sutton, 48, was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001. Obama has not named a potential successor. snip

As the district’s top law enforcement officer, Sutton has had final say on all crimes and lawsuits handled by the federal government in his region.

Sutton is perhaps best known for his office’s prosecution of two former Border Patrol agents who were convicted on assault charges for shooting in the back an unarmed, fleeing drug smuggler near El Paso in 2005 and then trying to cover it up.

Jose A. Compean was sentenced to 11 years in the shooting and Ignacio Ramos received 12 years. Bush commuted their sentences and both are now free.

Sutton defended the prosecutions as the right thing to do, despite criticism from some politicians and anti-immigration advocates.

Sutton is a University of Texas graduate who played baseball for the Longhorns. He was most valuable player in the 1983 NCAA Central regional tournament, a year the team won the national championship.

Sutton was a prosecutor for eight years in Houston before coming to Austin as then Gov. George W. Bush’s criminal justice policy director.

Sutton followed Bush to Washington, working on the transition team and then serving in the Justice Department, where his responsibilities included advising on U.S.-Mexico border issues.

During his tenure, Sutton was the chairman of a group of U.S. attorneys who travel to Washington regularly to advise the attorney general on policy.



http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/courts/entries/2009/04/09/us_attorney_johnny_sutton_resi.html