Biden: Pollard pardon over my dead body
"The NYT reported Saturday that in a recent meeting between Biden and 15 rabbis in Florida - meant to bolster the Jewish community's support of the presidential campaign - the vice president was asked about the Obama administration's reluctance to release Pollard, who was imprisoned in 1986, after he was convicted of spying for Israel.
"President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, 'Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time,'" Biden reportedly told the group. "If it were up to me, he would stay in jail for life."
Biden prevented Pollard clemency, NYT reports
October 2, 2011
(JTA) -- "President Obama was considering clemency for convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard until Vice President Joseph Biden prevented it, the New York Times reported.
"President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, 'Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time,'" Biden said during a meeting with rabbis in Boca Raton, Fla., according to the newspaper. "If it were up to me, he would stay in jail for life," he reportedly added.
Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying for Israel. He is scheduled for mandatory parole in November 2015. In recent months, Obama has received a flood of appeals from Congress members and former government officials to grant Pollard clemency.
Pollard recently successfully underwent kidney-related surgery.
Obama is relying on Biden for help in his reelection campaign with American-Jewish voters, the New York Times article said." -more