Sharpton to Visit Pollard

Newsdesk - The Forward (NY) - November 30, 2001

In his latest outreach effort to the Jews, the Reverend AL Sharpton is expected next month to visit with Jonathan Pollard in his North Carolina prison. Mr. Pollard's wife, Esther Pollard said the visit would be sponsored by the Israeli consulate, but that the visit's details were yet to be finalized.

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I am aware that in the past you have gone on public record stating that the life sentence that I am serving is too harsh, calling for equal justice in my case, and advocating for my release. In view of your principled stand on my case... [y]our participation in this case is welcome and I look forward to exploring with you the ways in which your enhanced involvement might be most effective

," wrote Pollard in a letter to the Harlem preacher.

Mr. Sharpton told the New York Daily News that he had not asked Pollard to write but Mrs. Pollard said that writing a letter had been suggested by Rabbi Shmuely Boteach who originally approached Mr. Sharpton on the issue.

Justice4JP adds

: The complete text of Jonathan Pollard's November 22 letter to Al Sharpton follows:

Dear Reverend Sharpton,

As you are aware, I recently contacted Rabbi Shmuely Boteach and extended an invitation to him to visit me in prison. I indicated to Rabbi Boteach that he was welcome to bring another cleric of his choice to this meeting. When Rabbi Boteach suggested that he bring you, I immediately agreed.

I am aware that in the past you have gone on public record stating that the life sentence that I am serving is too harsh, calling for equal justice in my case, and advocating for my release. In view of your principled stand on my case, I am happy to have you accompany Rabbi Boteach. Your participation in this case is welcome and I look forward to exploring with you the ways in which your enhanced involvement might be most effective.

My attorneys, Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman, [of Curtis Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Park Avenue, New York] are so devoted to seeking justice in this case that they are working pro bono. They assure me that they would be happy to meet with you to brief you on the legal aspects of the case before your prison visit.

I am pleased to report that the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta has agreed to sponsor your prison visit and to support it. The consulate will make all of the necessary arrangements with the prison and Washington. The Israeli Consul, Ilan Segev, will accompany a consular party consisting of yourself, Rabbi Boteach, and my wife Esther. I look forward to welcoming you on or around December 12, 2001.

Sincerely,
(signed)
Jonathan Pollard