Clemency For Pollard
NY Times [Letters] - October 27, 1999
To the Editor:
Your October 21 front-page account of the "extraordinary" steps
taken by the Justice Department to "enhance" the chances of clemency for
imprisoned Puerto Rican nationalists is the most disturbing disclosure
to date for those of us in the Jewish community who have been working to secure
Presidential clemency for Jonathan Pollard.
The measures taken by high-ranking Adminstration officials on behalf of individuals who unlike Mr. Pollard, neither petitioned for clemency, nor expressed remorse for their acts that resulted in their
imprisonment, truly gives us pause.
We can only pray that the Admistration will soon realize that Mr. Pollard has more than met the traditional criteria for clemency and will grant his humanitarian request soon.
(Rabbi) Raphael Butler
New York, Oct. 25, 1999
The writer is executive vice president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.