A Chance for Pollard

Seymour Reich - NY Times - February 25, 2001

To the Editor:

Re "My Reasons for the Pardons," by William Jefferson Clinton (Op-Ed, Feb. 18):

In contrast to his pardon of Marc Rich, former President Bill Clinton ignored repeated efforts by Israeli officials and American Jewish groups to obtain commutation on humanitarian grounds for Jonathan Pollard, the former Navy analyst who has served 16 years of an unjustly harsh life sentence for passing along classified information to Israel.

Mr. Pollard pleaded guilty in a plea bargain, with the understanding that he would receive less than a life sentence, but the government reneged on its agreement. Much of the evidence in the Pollard case, in fact, has never been disclosed.

Perhaps this is the time for President Bush to review the Pollard case and rectify an egregious injustice.


New York, Feb. 20, 2001

The writer is a past chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

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