Former Assistant US Secretary of Defense Lawrence J. Korb sent a letter to President Obama two weeks ago stating that the sentence meted out to convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was too harsh and not justified by the crimes he committed, Army Radio reported on Tuesday.
According to Korb, his boss, former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger, expended immense effort to convince the judge in the Pollard case to judge him harshly.
"Despite Pollard's admission of guilt, cooperation with authorities, asked for a plea bargain, he received a disproportional punishment," wrote Korb.
Korb pointed out in his letter that the average punishment for the crime conviction Pollard received was two to four years at the time of his conviction. And today, after several legal changes, the new average is about 10 years.