Why Parole Is Not An Option
April 5, 1998 - Media Release
The following letter to Malcolm Hoenlien by Jonathan Pollard provides a
quick understanding of why parole is not an option and why there is no
purpose to submitting a new petition for commutation at this time.
March 20, 1998
I have recently learned that you will be discussing the issues of parole
and commutation with Mr. Ruff (a White House legal counsel). I think
you should understand my position on the matter: both are futile.
Malcolm, I already know what the Parole Commission intends to recommend
- a 15 year set-aside. If the White House claims otherwise they are
lying through their teeth. A 15 year set-aside means not only that
parole will be denied but also that the case cannot be revisited for
another 15 years!
Furthermore, I have actually seen my parole file. It is packed with so
many derogatory memoranda from Admiral Inman, Caspar Weinberger, Ed
Meese, Joseph Digenova, Janet Reno, and the President himself that it
is little wonder that every post-conviction legal expert that I have
consulted has characterized the possibility of my asking for parole as
the legal equivalent of suicide.
These legal experts have unanimously indicated that unless the President
writes a letter to the Parole Commission which unambiguously calls for
my immediate release, the procedure will be an absolute disaster for me.
As far as commutation is concerned, the President has acted so
disrespectfully on this score that, barring securing a written promise
from him to grant it, I will never again submit a request to this man.
To date I have submitted 4 lengthy and detailed petitions to President
Clinton, none of which he actually read. In fact, the last one I
submitted was rejected 2 weeks before the White House had ever received
it! You tell me - how do you reject a petition for clemency which hasn't
even been received?...
Clearly, the whole procedure was a joke and in light of that fact I am
not going to be a party to another futile effort. Having said that, if
there should be a clear indication - in writing - from the President that
he will grant commutation then, naturally I will submit a simple, one
page request, via my attorney, without delay. But to date, I have not
seen any indication that this is contemplated by the White House.
The only conclusion I can reach is the statements made by Mr. Ruff (in
response to the Conference's letter to the President) were disingenuous
and disrespectful in that they were playing our Jewish leadership for
fools. This isn't spinning our wheels Malcolm; this is throwing mud in
our face. And once you have ascertained that the White House raised
these two issues of parole and commutation merely to deflect their
unwillingness to address the true issues of this case and to end my
ordeal, I hope that you will make a public statement that the White
House's position is unjustified and unacceptable.
If you don't do this, Malcolm, then all you will have accomplished by
going to the White House is to receive a personal slap in the face to
complement the collective one we have all suffered.
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