January 17, 1999
Mr. Charles Ruff, White House Legal Counsel
The White House,
VIA Facsimile only
3 page transmission (2 pages plus 1 enclosure)
Dear Mr. Ruff,
Unprofessional Conduct of the Justice Department:
Review of the Jonathan Pollard Case
I have not had a response to my letter to you of January 13, 1999 . I am therefore writing to repeat my request for an urgent meeting with you to discuss the case of my client Mr. Jonathan Pollard.
I call your attention to the attached copy of a fax that I have just received from attorney Alan Dershowitz. Mr. Dershowitz, a third party, is not legal counsel to Jonathan Pollard nor is he engaged in any official capacity on this case.
According to the fax, it appears that Mr. Dershowitz, has been contacted by the Justice Department and he has been invited to have me submit some document to the justice department on behalf of my client. Mr. Dershowitz indicates that his communication from the Justice Department threatens that if my submission is not received by Tuesday, January 19, 1999 the department will conclude that I do not wish to submit any presentation on behalf of my client when offered the opportunity to do so (implied).
I should like to point out that this fax reached my Jerusalem office after the close of business on Friday January 15, 1999. It was not seen by me until today. To date, I have never been directly contacted by the Justice Department , nor have I ever been invited to submit any documents to the Justice Department for any purpose.
The lack of professionalism on the part of the Justice Department, by failing to contact me directly is typical of the kind of disingenuous and vindictive treatment that Jonathan Pollard has met at the hands of the Justice Department for the last 14 years. I do not know what their intent is, but there is strong reason to suspect that the Justice Department is attempting to create the impression of fairness where none exists.
May I remind you that, to date, I have not received the courtesy of a reply from President Clinton or yourself regarding my letter of December 4, 1998. In that letter I requested the right to review the material submitted to you by the Justice and Intelligence and Defense departments regarding my client, and the right to rebut obvious untruths and misrepresentations that are contained in those submissions.
Due process is the crux of the matter. To this date, my client and his attorneys have never seen the evidence against him, nor have we been permitted to rebut the false allegations that have been leaked to the media with reckless abandon.
I feel obliged to point out that if there is no due process for Jonathan Pollard then there is no due process for any American.
Given the urgency of the situation, it is imperative that we meet. I look forward to your response.
Very truly yours,
Larry Dub Esq.
c.c. Craig Iscoe
Alan Dershowitz Esq.