Congressman asks Obama to free Pollard ahead of Passover

April 17, 2011 20:46

New York Congressman Michael Grimm, who has visited imprisoned Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard in jail, sent a letter to US President Barack Obama on Sunday asking him to free Pollard ahead of Passover.

"It is patently clear that the sentence was, and remains, terribly disproportionate and (as several federal judges have noted) constitutes a gross miscarriage of justice," Grimm wrote. "Commuting his sentence to time served would be a wholly appropriate exercise of your power of clemency, as well as a matter of basic fairness and American justice. It would also represent a clear act of compassion and reconciliation - a sign of hope much needed in today's world of tension and turmoil."

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