[Hpn] Fw: immediate release: Peltier Reviewed for Parole
David Crockett Williams
Tue, 13 Jun 2000 08:22:59 -0700
So now a pardon for Peltier must be obtained as soon as possible.
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Subject: immediate release: Peltier Reviewed for Parole
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
> June 12, 2000
> LEONARD PELTIER REVIEWED FOR PAROLE
> United States Parole Examiner Refuses to Consider New Evidence
> Native American rights activist, Leonard Peltier was reviewed for parole
> today during a hearing held at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas.
> The hearing was held to determine whether there is any reason why the
> Commission should change their 1993 decision to deny Peltier parole.
> Today Peltier's representatives told the Commission that Peltier's health,
> serious family needs, and his positive program achievements were all
> for the Commission to reconsider their denial of parole to Peltier. They
> also argued that the Commission's original decision to deny parole was
> wrong. They said the Commission has yet to justify their reasons for
> denying his release in excess of what their guidelines recommend.
> The Parole Examiner refused to read a report from Dr. Peter Basch who,
> reviewing Peltier's recent medical records, determined that problems with
> Peltier's health could result in "recurrent central retinal vein
> stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure." The doctor also noted that
> several of Mr. Peltier's health problems had not been treated
> by prison medical staff.
> Attending the parole hearing were representatives for Amnesty
> the National Council of Churches, the National Congress of American
> and the Assembly of First Nations. Legal council included attorneys
> Jennifer Harbury, Carl Nadler, and former US Attorney General Ramsey
> Jean Ann Day, survivor of the Pine Ridge "reign of terror" also testified.
> The Parole examiner did not respond to pleas from Amnesty International or
> the National Council of Churches, and he showed no interest in the eight
> parole plans offering Peltier housing and employment from various Native
> Organizations and tribes.
> Furthermore, the examiner refused to accept or consider the 10,000 letters
> collected over the last three months from US citizens, human rights
> organizations, luminaries and members of the international community
> supporting Peltier's release.
> Without deliberation or the consideration of any documents presented, the
> parole examiner recommended that Peltier's sentence be continued until his
> next full parole hearing in 2008. Those in attendance reported that the
> examiner wrote the denial while the presentation was still being made.
> Peltier's defense council will continue to protest the Parole Commission's
> denial of parole to Peltier in federal court. Supporters will continue
> efforts to gain Peltier's release through a grant of Executive Clemency.
> Leonard Peltier was originally convicted for the murders of two FBI agents
> on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. However, formerly withheld
> supporting Peltier's innocence would later force the prosecution to admit
> that they could not prove who actually killed the agents. Despite this,
> Peltier has remained in prison for 24 years. Amnesty International
> considers him to be a political prisoner who should be immediately
> Call the White House Comments Line Today
> Demand Justice for Leonard Peltier! 202-456-1111
> Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
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> Lawrence, KS 66044
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