Pollard's Attorneys Request Unsealing of Secret Files
Justice4JP Release - October 2, 2000
Hon. Wilma Lewis
United States Attorney
District of Columbia
555 Fourth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Re: United States v. Jonathan Jay Pollard
Crim. No. 86-0207 (AER)
September 22, 2000
Dear Ms. Lewis:
This law firm represents Jonathan Pollard.
We are writing to seek your consent to the unsealing of Mr. Pollard's
complete court file. The U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case, Mr.
Joseph diGenova, has recommended in a letter to us dated September 20,
2000 that the entire court record of this case be made available to the
public. I enclose a copy of his letter.
To review the history of this case, Mr. Pollard was arrested in 1985 and
charged with delivering classified information to Israel, a U.S. ally.
He pleaded guilty in May 1986. As part of the sentencing process, the
government and the defense submitted various memoranda to the court. A
Court Security Officer reviewed the submissions and redacted from the
public record certain information he determined to be classified. Those
classified materials are under seal, have never been made public, and
have never been seen by any attorney for Mr. Pollard since he was
sentenced on March 4, 1987.
The time has come for these materials to be unsealed. We are pleased
that Mr. diGenova, who served as the chief prosecutor on the case,
recommends that they be made public.
We hope you will agree to this request. If not, we request that you at
least agree that the sealed materials be made available to us as counsel
for Mr. Pollard, subject to our receiving security clearance, for which
we have applied. As indicated in his letter, Mr. diGenova agrees that
counsel should have access to these sealed materials.
We request your consent so that we can submit an agreed-upon order to
the Court for signature. We look forward to hearing from you at your
earliest convenience, so that we may proceed promptly.
Very truly yours,
cc: Mr. Thomas Zeno
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