Monday, October 18, 2010
The Jerusalem Post reports that attorneys Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman have filed a new petition for a commutation of sentence on behalf of fifty-six Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence. The Post says the petition "comes amid a wave of calls for the release of the Israeli agent and following new revelations of apparent government malfeasance made public by senior officials with first-hand involvement in the case." It is also claimed that the US "had violated an oral agreement with Israel to release Pollard after 10 years." Finally, the Post reports that, at the time of Pollard’s sentencing, "secret charges were laid against Pollard blaming him for the crimes of a Russian mole within American intelligence, Aldrich Ames. Pollard was neither informed of these charges nor given a chance to challenge them in a court of law." These actions were said to be the result of Caspar Weinberger’s “visceral dislike” of Israel. See story here.