Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Former FBI Special Agent in Charge Joseph H. Trimbach welcomed President Obama to Washington with a two-page letter requesting that Obama reject all petitions for executive clemency on behalf of Leonard Peltier. Peltier was convicted of the murder of two federal agents (Ron Williams and Jack Coler) in 1975 and his application for clemency was formally rejected in the final days of the administration of George W. Bush. Bill Clinton did not act on Peltier's application. Trimbach's letter emphasizes Peltier's guilt and lack of remorse and describes any potential grant of clemency as “an abomination of justice” that would have “far-reaching ramifications" for "the FBI, and for the people of Indian Country.” The letter also notes that many well-intentioned people have been fooled by the 64-year-olds' persona as a “political prisoner” that has enabled him to raise millions of dollars for a "defense fund." Peltier, for example, is supported by Robert Redford, David Geffen, and other Hollywood celebrities. See additional details here.
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