Vaad Harabonim: Kim Case vs. Pollard Case "Mind-Boggling"
VAAD HARABONIM OF QUEENS
90-45 MYRTLE AVENUE, GLENDALE, N.Y. 11385
"SERVING QUEENS & LONG ISLAND"
July 18, 1997
Senator Patrick Moynihan
464 Russell Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator Moynihan,
We just learned that Robert Kim, a former naval intelligence analyst, who was convicted of passing classified information to South Korea, has been given a nine year sentence. It is mind-boggling to realize that this case is almost identical to that of Jonathan Pollard. Yet, Jonathan Pollard received a life sentence as well as years of solitary confinement and even time in a hospital for the criminally insane. There is something very inequitable about these two cases.
We call on you to use your considerable influence and good offices to urge the President and Attorney General to reconsider the unduly harsh and unfair (in light of the Kim sentence) punishment meted out to Jonathan Pollard. He has certainly served enough time to warrant pardon or whatever other executive prerogative is available, so that he may be released from prison and resume a normal life.
I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.
Rabbi Yitzchak A. Sladowski
Executive Vice President