Treatment of Pollard is a Travesty,' Senator Says

April 23, 1993 - Herb Brin - Heritage

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) told Heritage that, in his view, the continuing incarceration of Jonathan Pollard in federal prison after eight years in solitary confinement "

is a travesty


Lautenberg was a speaker Sunday, April 18, at the 50th anniversary of Yom HaShoah observances at the Los Angeles Holocaust Monument in Pan-Pacific Park. Several thousand Survivors and other residents of the area participated in the observance.

While touring the monument, which consists of six, 18-foot high columns of polished black granite designed by the celebrated artist, Dr. Joseph Young, Lautenberg halted to consider the query put to him by Heritage.

Twice he used the word "travesty" to characterize the incarceration of Jonathan Pollard.

"The sentence for Pollard will probably change with the new administration." he said. "He is not Walker. His being in jail after all these years is a travesty."

His reference is to the Walker spy case. Lautenberg noted than John Walker, ringleader in that spy network, was turning over secrets to the Soviet Union, and received a lighter sentence than Pollard.

"Pollard, in jail after so many years, suggests a travesty in justice."

Heritage has learned that Pollard is expected to be transferred soon to a middle-level prison in Butner, N.C.

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