Assemblyman DiGaetano Calls for Pollard's Release
New Jersey General Assembly
Assemblyman, 36th District
Parts of Passaic-Bergen-Essex Counties
October 6, 1999
The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to you on behalf of Jonathan Pollard. As you are well aware,
Mr. Pollard was convicted of espionage for transmitting secret documents to
Israel. I understand, Mr. Pollard is currently serving his fourteenth year
of a life sentence, and further that no other spy for a U.S. ally has served
more than ten years.
In light of the recent clemency given to fourteen terrorists who were
involved with a bombing campaign resulting in multiple deaths of innocent
civilians, I believe that it would be reasonable, at this time, to
re-consider the possibility of extending a pardon to Jonathan Pollard.
I do not condone what Mr. Pollard did. It should be noted, however, that
unlike other espionage cases, no loss of life resulted in Mr. Pollard's
actions. In fact, he was never indicted for harming the United States, or
for compromising codes, agents, or war plans. Additionally, Mr. Pollard was
never charged with treason. In order to spare the United States, a
potentially embarrassing, long, difficult and expensive trial, Mr. Pollard
agreed to a plea bargain. Despite this plea bargain, Jonathan Pollard
received a life sentence. I understand this to be a complete violation of
the plea agreement he had reached with the government.
Mr. President, surely if you could see your way to pardoning terrorists who
were responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians, you certainly can
consider a pardon for someone whose actions never caused the death, or even
the injury of a single American.
I look forward to your consideration of Jonathan Pollard.
Assembly Majority Leader
See also: 1993 New Jersey Resolution on Pollard