Jonathan Pollard's Letter to Al Sharpton

Justice4JP Release - November 30, 2001

To: Reverend Al Sharpton
Date: November 22, 2001
Faxed c/o Rabbi S. Boteach
No. of Pages (incl. this one): 1

From: Jonathan Pollard 09185-016
FCI Butner POB 1000
Butner North Carolina
USA 27509-1000

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.

Jonathan Pollard