Colman Demolishes The Lieberman Reply
An Open Letter To Senator Lieberman
April 10, 2000
Hon. Joseph Lieberman
United States Senator
706 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator Lieberman,
I am in receipt of your response to my letters asking for justification of
your position against commutation of Jonathan Pollard's life sentence.
I agree with you that Jonathan did wrong when he spied for a foreign
country, and I agree with you that judicial matters should be left to the
judiciary. The problem with your statement, however, is that you did
intervene with judicial matters when you persuaded 60 other Senators to
join you in signing the "Lieberman letter"* written to President Clinton "to
express our strongest opposition to any commutation of the life sentence
given to Jonathan Pollard for betraying our country" and asking the
President to "deny clemency in the interest of justice and in the interest
of national security". [*See the letter.]
You state in your letter to me that as a general personal policy you
believe that the Courts are in the best position to decide matters of
guilt, innocence and sentencing and that you "have followed this personal
rule of non-intervention in criminal cases, including the post sentencing
parole or pardon case that the Pollard case is at now".
Therefore, since the "Lieberman letter" co-signed by 60 Senators seems to
be in contradiction to your "personal rule", I implore you to immediately
withdraw it. I urge you to draft another open letter, saying that you now
realize it was wrong to send the initial letter and then explain what your
current position is. I hope you are successful in obtaining support from
the same 60 Senators who signed your original letter.
Additionally, it is widely known that Caspar Weinberger's last-minute
secret memorandum before the sentencing Judge had a major effect on
Jonathan's receiving a life sentence for the single charge that he plead
guilty to - that of passing classified documents. Since Weinberger's
still-secret memorandum was a political maneuver and since Weinberger
himself, called for Pollard to be released from jail seven years ago, I
believe it would be highly beneficial for you to work to withdraw the
Weinberger memorandum as well.
There is no doubt in my mind that had this matter been left entirely to the
judiciary, it would have been handled differently. Since Pollard was only
accused of one count of passing classified documents and he was never
accused of treason, had Weinberger's memo not been introduced, Pollard
would have been treated like all other convicted spies. Without
non-judicial intervention, we would not have a Pollard problem today.
I welcome your prompt response to this letter and look forward to your help
in removing all previous political interference in the Pollard matter. It
should be clear to all, that Jonathan Pollard would not be serving a life
term had he been sentenced for the charge he was accused of. It was
Weinberger's political interference which gave Pollard a life sentence and
it was your political interference which continues to keep him there.
I hope that as Pesach approaches, during this time of freedom for our
people, we can help Jonathan Pollard to taste freedom as well.
With best wishes, I remain,
Member of Assembly
See Also: Assemblyman Colman's previous letters to Senator Lieberman: March 8 and April 5.
Senator Lieberman's Response to Colman
Justice4JP Questions for Senator Lieberman
Return to Lieberman page