2006-04-28 / Community

Weiner Renews Call For Pollard's Clemency

In commemoration of the conclusion of Passover, the celebration of the Jewish people's freedom, Representative Anthony D. Weiner renewed his call for President Bush to commute the sentence of Jonathan Pollard, a former Pentagon analyst serving a life sentence for passing information to Israel. Pollard has been imprisoned for longer than any other person convicted of espionage on behalf of a U.S. ally.

In 1985, Pollard was charged with passing classified information to the Israeli government. He cooperated with investigators, admitted his wrongdoing, and was sentenced to life in prison. No one who has ever pleaded guilty to a similar crime- one count of spying for an ally- has ever been sentenced to a life term.

Representative Weiner, a longtime advocate for reducing Pollard's sentence, wrote a letter to the President urging him to grant clemency in the case.

"Mr. Pollard did commit a serious crime and he deserved to be punished for his action," wrote Weiner in a letter to President Bush. "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. As such, I respectfully urge you to free Jonathan Pollard and send him home to Israel."

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