OU Appeals to President Clinton, Again
J4JP Release - November 17, 2000
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
November 9, 2000
President William Clinton
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Dear Mr. President:
We are writing in connection with your ongoing review of the matter of
Jonathan Jay Pollard. As you know, Mr. Pollard will soon complete his
fifteenth year in jail.
The Orthodox Union has met with Jonathan Pollard several times regarding
his plight. While we have previously made known to you our strong views
in favor of commutation or clemency, we wish to bring to your attention
additional information that we have just learned.
On September 20, 2000, new attorneys for Mr. Pollard filed a motion for
resentencing in the United States District Court for the District of
Columbia. We have read the papers. We enclose a copy for your review.
The papers, fully supported by documentation, present a compelling and
very disturbing picture of serious government misconduct that went
unchecked by Mr. Pollard's then-counsel. As a result of that
misconduct, and as a result of his attorney's ineffectiveness, Mr.
Pollard was sentenced to life in prison on the basis of false
allegations, and under circumstances that violated his plea agreement.
Perhaps most troubling, after Mr. Pollard had been sentenced to life in
prison, his attorney failed to file a Notice of Appeal - a simple and
straightforward task that any attorney would have routinely done. By
that failure, Mr. Pollard's then-counsel deprived his client of direct
appellate review of the sentence and doomed Mr. Pollard to an unreviewed
sentence of life in prison.
The papers that have now been filed by new counsel seek to have Mr.
Pollard resentenced on the basis of a truthful record, untainted by
government misconduct, and in a manner consistent with the government's
commitments under the plea agreement. The papers seek a court hearing
so that the truth can finally be uncovered.
We respectfully urge you to consider this recent court submission as
part of your executive review. In light of the egregious government
misconduct, coupled with ineffective representation that allowed that
misconduct to go unchecked, we believe that fundamental fairness
warrants an immediate commutation of Mr. Pollard's sentence.
Mandell I. Ganchrow, MD, President
Rabbi Raphael B. Butler, Executive Vice President
Encl. Motion for Resentencing Pollard Affidavit
Calls for Pollard's Release
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