Letter From Congressman Bill Pascrell
May 23, 1997
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MR. ROBERT B. ROGOFF
PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY
I am very grateful for the time you have taken to familiarize me
with Jonathan Pollard's case. While neither of us condone espionage, I
agree with you that Mr. Pollard's treatment and sentence seem to be
disproportionately harsh. I am particularly struck by the fact that
Mr. Pollard's sentence, life without parole, is much more severe than
the sentence received by the notorious John Walker, the ringleader of a
spy network which gave top secret military information and data to the
I am writing to inform you that I intend to add my voice to those
who are calling for the commutation of Mr. Pollard's sentence. I am
going to contact President Clinton on this matter and urge him to
commute Mr. Pollard's sentence to the twelve years he has served. It
is clear to me that Mr. Pollard's crime was motivated by a genuine fear
for the people of Israel. He has paid severely for his action.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention and for all the
information you have provided me about Mr. Pollard. Your commitment to
Mr. Pollard's case is really admirable. I am confident that, with
supporters such as you, Mr. Pollard will soon be free.
Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Note: Congressman Bill Pascrell is the representative of the Eighth
Congressional District in New Jersey.