No Parole for Pollard
Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA - January 23, 2000
At a parole hearing there are no outside presentations. There are no
star witnesses or outside legal eagles. Nor do letters or petitions have
any standing if they are not part of the official file. As a rule, the
parole officials examine the file well in advance of the hearing and their decision, based on the
contents of the prisoner's file, has already been made.
Jonathan Pollard's parole file contains nothing but negative
recommendations from those government agencies with vested interests in
keeping him in prison.
Pollard and his attorneys consulted with America's top post-conviction
experts. After studying the case, and the file, and after contacting
their own high-level sources in Washington, these parole experts filed
a lengthy and detailed report strongly advising Jonathan Pollard against
applying for parole.
The experts reported that they had learned at the highest levels of the
Justice Department that should Jonathan Pollard apply for parole, the
case would be adjudicated in Washington. There, they were told, the
Parole Board would invariably turn down Pollard's parole request, and
what is worse, they would certainly impose a 15 year set-aside rule. In
other words, Jonathan Pollard would not be allowed to request another
parole hearing for at least 15 more years!
The parole experts further explained that once the parole board rules
that the case is untouchable for another 15 years, every President for
the next 15 years will use this as the excuse for not granting
executive clemency either.
Therefore based on the observations and recommendations of America's
top post-conviction attorneys, Jonathan Pollard and his attorneys
recognize that parole is not an option, and have not filed to apply for
- given the material in Pollard's parole file there is virtually no
chance whatsoever that parole will be granted and
- being turned down at parole and set aside for 15 years would do
irreversible damage to any chance of executive clemency in the future.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director
IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
See Also: Top Experts Advise Pollard Against Parole
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