[Hpn] URGENT ACTION
David Crockett Williams
Tue, 13 Jun 2000 10:47:13 -0700
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From: "LPDC" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: URGENT ACTION
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2000 10:33 AM
Below is an urgent action protesting Leonard Peltier's denial of parole.
Please stay alert for further information regarding the campaign for
executive clemency. We are now at the most urgent stage of this year's
campaign. Plan to be in Washington DC on October 27 to demonstrate this
injustice. Thank you for your ongoing support. Time to dust ourselves off,
and forge ahead.
URGENT ACTION : PELTIER CASE
PROTEST PRELIMINARY DENIAL OF PAROLE
Yesterday, June 12, 2000 a parole hearing for Mr. Leonard Peltier was
conducted at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. Mr. Peltier attended,
together with his attorneys, Carl Nadler, Jennifer Harbury and Ramsay Clark
. Despite the extraordinary presentation of evidence as to his eligibility,
described below, Mr. Peltier was denied parole before the hearing officer
had even read the materials offered. The decision will still be considered
by the U.S. parole commissioners in Washington D.C. before the denial is
finalized. However, it is abundantly clear that there will be no release, no
matter how uniquely eligible Mr. Peltier may be, unless he confesses to a
crime he did not commit.
AN ARBITRARY, IRRATIONAL AND CAPRICIOUS DENIAL OF PAROLE IS A DUE PROCESS
VIOLATION UNDER THE UNITED STATES CONSTITION.
A DECISION TO DENY PAROLE BEFORE THE EVIDENCE IS EVEN READ OR CONSIDERED IS
DENIAL OF A FAIR HEARING AND CONSTITUTES A DUE PROCESS VIOLATION OF THE US
CONSTITUTION AS WELL.
A DENIAL OF PAROLE IN ORDER TO FORCE MR. PELTIER TO CONFESS TO A CRIME HE
DID NOT COMMIT IS A DUE PROCESS VIOLATION AS WELL.
PLEASE CALL JANET RENO'S OFFICES AND COMMENT : THE MAIN SWITCHBOARD NUMBER
IS 202 -514-2000
ALSO : WHITE HOUSE SWITCHBOARD 202-456 1414
CONGRESSIONAL SWITCHBOARD 202-224-3121
WHAT WAS PRESENTED AT THE HEARING :
1. 10,000 letters from supporters around the world, all from the last three
2. Scores of letters from Nobel Peace Laureates, National and International
religious networks, human rights luminaries such as Amnesty International,
Coretta Scott King, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and the Kennedy Memorial Center
on Human Rights.
3. Scores of Tribal resolutions demanding Mr. Peltier's immediate release.
4. A multi page listing of Mr. Peltier's humanitarian work from behind bars,
including sponsorship of a Native American scholarship program, an annual
Christmas drive for the children of Pine Ridge, the adoption of children in
Central America, and the establishment of a prisoner art program, among many
other praiseworthy activities and contributions.
5. A multi page medical evaluation from a doctor affiliated with Physicians
for Human Rights, detailing his deteriorating medical conditions including
his diabetes and blood pressure problems, the inadequate medical care at
Leavenworth, and the potential complications, including kidney failure and
employment, social services and housing offers from across the United States
7. Statements of support from and request for his release from
representatives of the National Congress of American Indians as well as the
Assembly of First Nations.
8. A character reference and call for healing from a survivor from the Reign
9. Calls for his immediate and unconditional release from representatives
from Amnesty International and the Interfaith League of Political Prisoners,
an affiliate of the National Council of Churches.
The parole hearing officer received some of these materials, told us to mail
him the rest, and declined to even read the medical evaluation or the other
written materials. His key issue was the fact that Leonard's version of the
events that day do not square with the FBI version, for which he was
1. Mr. Peltier did not receive a serious or fair hearing on his parole
2. Mr. Peltier is more qualified for parole than almost any other prisoner.
Yet he will not be given parole unless he confesses to a crime that he did
not commit. That fact that he was denied a fair trial and that false
testimonies were used to convict him, and that a critical ballistic test
showing his innocence was withheld, will not be taken into consideration.
Nor will the fact that even the U.S. Attorney now admits that no one knows
who pulled the trigger.
PLEASE CALL WASHINGTON..WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!
Call the White House Comments Line Today
Demand Justice for Leonard Peltier! 202-456-1111
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
PO Box 583
Lawrence, KS 66044
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