Court Accepts Amicus Brief Signed by 16 Distinguished Americans;
Rejects Effort to Add 6 More Signatures

Justice4JP Release - May 30, 2001

In a recent ruling the US district court accepted the Amicus Curiae Brief signed by sixteen distinguished Americans in support of Jonathan Pollard's § 2255 motion to vacate his sentence. However, the court rejected a subsequent motion to add six more signatures to the brief.

An "amicus curiae" brief is a "friend of the court" brief. Amicus briefs are submitted to the court by organizations and distinguished individuals to support a case or issue that the court must decide. Amicus briefs can only be filed with the consent of the court.

The sixteen distinguished Americans whose names appear on the brief, which has now been formally included in the court record, are:

Anthony Amsterdam
Professor of Law
New York University

Robert Drinan
Professor of Law
Georgetown University

Monroe Freedman
Professor of Law
Hofstra University

Malvina Halberstam
Professor of Law
Benj. Cardozo School of Law

Laurence Katz
Professor of Law
University of Baltimore

Robert Lande
Professor of Law
University of Baltimore

Kenneth Lasson
Professor of Law
University of Baltimore

Hon. George N. Leighton
Retired Federal Judge
Professor of Law
John Marshall Law School

Charles Ogletree
Professor of Law
Harvard University

Charles E. Rice
Professor of Law
Notre Dame University

Richard Stone
Professor of Law
Columbia University

Michael Tigar
Professor of Law
American University

Aaron Twerski
Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School

Stephen Wizner
Professor of Law
Yale University

Rev. Theodore Hesburgh
President Emeritus
Notre Dame University

Hon. Anthony D. Weiner
Member, U.S. Congress

The supplemental list of distinguished Americans, which was disallowed by the court, include Benjamin Hooks, Esq., the former head of the NAACP and Robert Abrams, Esq., the former Attorney General of New York.

The supplemental signatories sought to add their names to the list after the brief had already been submitted to the court with the original list of signatories. The court's order provided no explanation as to why the following illustrious Americans were not permitted to add their names to the brief:

Neil Cogan
Dean and Professor of Law
Whittier Law School

Samuel Dash
Professor of Law
Georgetown University

Howard Glickstein
Dean and Professor of Law
Touro College of Law

Benjamin Hooks, Esq.
Director Emeritus
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People

Robert Abrams, Esq.
Former Attorney General
State of New York

Hon. Edolphus Towns
Member, U.S. Congress

While Jusice4JP is disappointed that these latter individuals were not permitted to add their names, we are gratified that the amicus brief itself, together with the original list of signatories, has now been accepted and made part of the court record. That list includes a retired federal judge, a Member of Congress, and some of the pre-eminent legal scholars in the field of criminal law, each of whom, by signing the amicus brief, has endorsed the merits of Jonathan Pollard's legal position.


See Also:
  • Court Rejects Distinguished Americans in Amicus Brief
  • Legal Doc: Motion to Enlarge List of Amici
  • Amicus Brief - In Support of Pollard's §2255 Motion
  • The Court Case Page