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.
SEYMOUR D. REICH
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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