National Council of Young Israel Appeals to Clinton, Again
Justice4JP Release - October 26, 2000
October 26, 2000 / 27 Tishrei 5761
Mr. William Jefferson Clinton
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We are writing in connection with your ongoing review of the matter of
Jonathan Jay Pollard. Jonathan recently celebrated his 46th birthday,
thereby spending more than one third of his life in prison.
The National Council of Young Israel maintains daily contact with Mr.
Pollard, and we have visited with him, at federal prison, numerous
times. We have previously made known to you our strong views in favor of
commutation or clemency.
At this time, we wish to share with you additional information that we
believe deserves attention and response. On September 20, 2000, new
attorneys for Mr. Pollard filed a motion for resentencing in the United
States District Court for the District of Columbia. We enclose a copy
for your review. Enclosed, please also find the court's acceptance of
The papers, fully supported by documentation, present a compelling and
very disturbing picture of serious government misconduct that went
unchecked by Mr. Pollard's previous counsel. As a result of that
misconduct, and as a result of his attorney's ineffectiveness, Mr.
Pollard was sentenced to life in prison on the basis of false
allegations, and under circumstances that violated his plea agreement.
Perhaps most troubling, after Mr. Pollard had been sentenced to life in
prison, his attorney failed to file a Notice of Appeala simple and
straightforward task that any attorney would have routinely done. By
that failure, Mr. Pollard's then-counsel deprived his client of direct
appellate review of the sentence, and doomed Mr. Pollard to an
unreviewed sentence of life in prison.
The papers that have now been filed by new counsel seek to have Mr.
Pollard resentenced on the basis of a truthful record, untainted by
government misconduct, and in a manner consistent with the government's
commitments under the plea agreement. The papers seek a court hearing so
that the truth can finally be uncovered.
We respectfully urge you to consider this recent court submission as
part of your executive review. In light of the egregious government
misconduct, coupled with ineffective representation that allowed that
misconduct to go unchecked, we believe that fundamental fairness
warrants an immediate commutation of Mr. Pollard's sentence.
Shlomo Z. Mostofsky
Rabbi Pesach Lerner
Executive Vice President
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