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Date: Thu 12 Aug 2004
Subject: Pollard served his time! Let him go!
Dear Mr. President:
You have said you support Prime Minister Sharon's risk taking for peace.
He has lost his majority in the Israeli Knesset taking the political risks
you have urged him to make. Couldn't you show him some reciprocity by
releasing Jonathan Pollard from prison and sending him to Israel?
Congressman Anthony Weiner wrote you a letter this week urging that you do
this. His letter is particularly pertinent since in it he mentions the
special security briefings he has received concerning the Pollard case and
how that classified information supports his call for releasing Pollard
Pollard has served more than his fair time. It would be fair of you and
a fair return for the risks Prime Minister Sharon has run at your urging
if you would release him now.
I am pasting a copy of Congressman Weiner's letter underneath my name.
(your name here)
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington DC 20515-3209
Congressman Anthony D. Weiner
August 7 2004
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
I write to request that you grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard.
Today is Mr. Pollard's 50th birthday. This is the 19th year he has
celebrated his birthday in prison. No other person convicted of espionage
on behalf of an United States ally has ever been imprisoned for so long.
Mr. Pollard has admitted he broke U.S. laws. He has expressed sorrow for
what he did. Mr. Pollard cooperated fully with the investigation into his
activities and he waived his right to a jury trial. He has served more than
enough time for the crime of passing information to an ally.
The life sentence which Jonathan Pollard is now serving is not a reflection
of the severity of the crimes he committed but rather the result of
ineffective counsel. In a recent review of Mr. Pollard's case former United
States District Judge George N. Leighton wrote "[t]he evidence shows that
the government engaged in serious misconduct that went unchecked by an
ineffective defense counsel Richard Hibey and ... these constitutional
violations severely prejudiced Mr. Pollard and resulted in his sentence of
life in prison."
I have been advised that Mr. Pollard has not submitted a formal petition to
the Pardon Attorney of the United States Department of Justice. This is due
to the Justice Department's continuing refusal to permit Mr. Pollard's
attorneys access to portions of five sentencing documents in the court's
docket totalling approximately 35 to 40 pages of material. The attorneys
have the appropriate security clearances to see these court documents and
they plainly have a "need to know" what is in their client's court file.
Until they have been afforded access to these materials they believe it is
premature to submit any application for executive clemency or similar
I hope that your administration will ensure that Mr. Pollard's
security-cleared legal counsel is given an opportunity to review these
documents so that they can present an effective and viable clemency
Mr. Pollard did commit a serious crime and he deserved to be punished for
his action. However after reviewing the facts of the case and receiving
multiple classified briefings on this matter I believe that he has served a
sentence that far exceeds the appropriate term for the crime he has
committed. Mr. President the time has come to free Jonathan Pollard. As
he celebrates his 50th birthday in jail I respectfully urge you to grant
him clemency and send him home to Israel.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.
ANTHONY D. WEINER
Member of Congr