LEONARD PELTIER PAROLE DENIED (fwd)

The Anarchives (tao@lglobal.com)
Fri, 22 Mar 1996 14:08:55 +0000 (GMT)


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From: Native Forest Network-ENA <nfnena@igc.apc.org>

From: Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Email: lpdc@idir.net

PAROLE DENIED TO LEONARD PELTIER, 3/20/96

The following is the text of the United States Parole Commission's
letter of denial to Leonard Peltier:

Leonard Peltier:
No change in continuing to a fifteen year reconsideration hearing,
December 2008. Reasons: The December 1995 hearing led to a re-
examination by the hearing examiner of the issues beyond the
normal scope of an interim hearing, including the previous findings
made by the Commission that you participated in the execution of
two FBI agents. The limited purpose of an interim hearing under 28
Code of Federal Regulations 2.4 is to determine whether
circumstances that have changed since the last hearing warrant a
different decision.
The Commission declines to reopen your case to re-examine your role
in the offense since there are no significant changes regarding
information on this issue from the information presented at your last
parole consideration. You have not given a factual, specific account of
your actions at the time of the offense that is consistent with the
jury's verdict of guilt. Considering either theory of your participation
in the crimes outlined by the government at the trial, the
Commission therefore has no reasonable basis to find an
explanation of the facts concerning the agents' execution other than
the version presented by the government. See 28 Code of Federal
Regulations S2.19C. The government has not changed its position that
circumstantial evidence presented at your trial established your
complicity in the executions of the agents. Their circumstantial
evidence described in several of the decisions of the Eighth Circuit
rejecting your appeals supports the previous findings that you
participated in the executions. A full consideration of your case will
not be appropriate until your 15 year reconsideration hearing.
Appeal Procedures: The above decision is not appealable.
3/18/96 National Commissioners, Document Number DNJ OJ Referral
pg 101
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The above decision is a clear and blatant example of a complete
disregard for justice. The USPC states in this decision that regardless
of the information brought back to them from the Parole Officer
presiding at the December 11th hearing, and despite the favorable
recommendation that officer made following the government's
distinct concessions that no direct evidence exists against Peltier nor
do they have a clue as to who was culpable in the deaths of their
agents, that it is more convenient to keep an innocent man
in prison than to deal with the controversy and impropriety that
may erupt regarding this case. They even go as far as stating that
Leonard has never given a factual account "consistent with the jury's
verdict of guilt". How can an innocent man give a factual account of
guilt when he is not responsible?!? Rather than face the FACTS of
Peltier's outrageous incarceration, the USPC would rather scold its
own employee for overstepping his bounds where they should
commend him for his social conscience. Still a mystery: The Parole
Officer who made the favorable recommendation has since
lost his position within the USPC.
VOICE YOUR OUTRAGE
United States Parole Commission--Phone (301)492-5952, (301)492-
5821, Fax them at (301)492-6694, (301)492-5307, (301)492-6516,
(301)492-5525, Fax Janet Reno at (202)514-4371, (202)514-4507,
phone (202)514-2001, (202)514-4195, Deputy AG Jamie Gorelick fax
at (202)514-0467, (202)514-4699, phone (202)514-2101, Call the
White House Chief of Staff fax(202)456-2883, Legal Counsel to
President fax (202)456 1647, White House Comment Line at
(202)456-1111 and Contact your elected officials.
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