Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the son of an Israeli, took credit for convincing President Bill Clinton not to release from prison Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.
Pollard was paroled from prison in November 2015, after serving 30 years of a life sentence for spying for an ally. Former spy says "I just want to go home.'
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Current conditions require Pollard to wear a GPS monitoring device that forces him to violate the Sabbath.
Pollard’s disproportionate punishment is a powerful expression of official, state-sanctioned antisemitism in America.
Eliot Lauer, a lawyer for Pollard, said he was disappointed with the ruling and said his attorneys were studying it.
Clapper's opinion comes in the midst of court deliberations in the New York State court over Pollard's harsh parole conditions.
Pollard was sentenced on the basis of private statements to the judge by then secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger, which were never seen by Pollard’s lawyers nor subjected to cross-examination.