Archbishop of San Francisco Calls on Clinton to Release Jonathan Pollard


445 Church Street
San Francisco California 94114

February 19, 1993

The President
The White House
Washington DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

Of some concern to members of the Jewish community is the incarceration of Jonathan Pollard. They have brought their concern to me and asked for my help in seeking clemency for Mr. Pollard.

Mr. Pollard has admitted that his conduct was wrong. He did not believe that his conduct would harm the United States but, indeed would help our ally, Israel.

I am asking that you consider extending clemency to Mr. Pollard as a humanitarian gesture. I do not believe that this would call the court's judgment into question. Mr. Pollard has served a number of years of his sentence already.

A commutation of his sentence would be a strong sign of forgiveness and reconciliation, a sign of hope which we need in our world.

With good wishes to you Mr. President, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

John R. Quinn
Archbishop of San Francisco

bcc: Mr. Harry Knay-Tal
Consul General of Israel