Jonathan Pollard 311.
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US President Barack Obama would commit a “miscarriage of justice” if he decides
against commuting the sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard, said Bernard
Nussbaum, former White House Counsel during President Bill Clinton’s
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In a letter sent to Obama on Saturday, Nussbaum noted that he
studied Pollard’s complete file “extensively,” and agreed with former US
Attorney-General Philip Heymann – and a host of senior American officials – that
Pollard must go free without further delay.
“I write this letter to state
that I fully share the view expressed by Professor Heymann – as well as the
other distinguished former public officials who have written to you – that the
time has come for Jonathan Pollard’s sentence to be commuted,” Nussbaum
“I will not repeat the cogent reasons set forth in Professor
Heymann’s letter, except to say that I too believe that Jonathan Pollard has
been appropriately punished for his conduct, and that a failure at this time to
commute his sentence would not serve the course of justice; indeed, I
respectfully believe, it would be a miscarriage of justice.”
opposed pardoning Pollard when he was White House Counsel from 1993 to
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said last week that
releasing Pollard was important, not only as a matter of justice, but also as
proof of America’s continued strong friendship towards Israel.
Yechiel Eckstein, who heads the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews,
wrote Obama on behalf of Pollard last week and circulated it to thousands of
Christians across America.
In the letter, Eckstein called Pollard’s life
sentence “severely unbalanced,” and cited his poor health in asking Obama to
extend his “presidential mercy.”