Pardoning Pollard 311.
(photo credit: Mark Levinston)
For years the campaign to bring home Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard has asked US
presidents to have as much mercy on him as the American legal system has had on
prisoners who committed harsher crimes but received lighter sentences.
Wednesday, the campaign asked US President Barack Obama to have as much mercy on
Pollard as he had on Apple, a 45-pound (20.5 kg.) turkey he “pardoned” in honor
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American presidents traditionally pardon a turkey ahead
of the holiday. They also usually grant pardons to human prisoners around
Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Obama pardoned five people this week,
including convicted drug dealers and gamblers. He pardoned eight people earlier
in 2011 and nine in December 2010.
The Free Pollard campaign distributed
a photo-montage on Facebook on Wednesday that depicts Obama pardoning a turkey
bearing Pollard’s face.
“Pollard already served an unprecedented sentence
for passing classified information to an ally,” the message accompanying the
picture says. “This is the time for justice and mercy. Mr. President, use your
power to free Pollard now.”