Congressman Peter T. King Calls for Justice for Jonathan Pollard

Congress of the United States

House of Representatives
Washington DC 20515-3203

Peter T. King
3rd District New York

December 20, 1993

President Bill Clinton
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I am writing to follow up on my request - first made 11 months ago on the day of your inauguration - that Jonathan Pollard's sentence be reduced.

According to recent media accounts you are being urged by some in your administration to reject Jonathan Pollard's application for clemency. I would like to take this opportunity to once again urge you to take a close look at the facts and act with fairness.

Jonathan Pollard committed and pleaded guilty to crimes for which he deserved to be punished. To date he has served eight years in prison and, until very recently, was kept in solitary confinement at the maximum security Federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois.

While I am among those who has condemned Jonathan Pollard for committing his crimes, I believe that the life sentence he received is excessive. In fact this sentence is disproportionate when compared to the sentences imposed on other individuals convicted of similar offenses.

In keeping with our tradition of justice, I urge you to take prompt action to resolve the Pollard case. Thank you for your time and your consideration.


Peter T. King
Member of Congress

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