[Ppnews] Leonard Peltier Parole Update

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Thu Aug 13 16:58:41 EDT 2009


* Parole Update *

As attorney Eric Seitz has said regarding parole, the Peltier case
is one of "original jurisdiction".  That classification is the
result of a number of factors--including the seriousness of the
"offense," the fact that Mr. Peltier is serving life sentences,
and also because this is such a high-profile case.

Procedurally, this means the examiner made a recommendation sometime
following the hearing on July 28.  The application for parole was
then forwarded to the regional commissioner apparently, who also
reviewed the case and made a recommendation (the same as a vote,
in this instance).  The case was then forwarded to the four sitting
executive commissioners in Washington (or Chevy Chase, MD, right
outside of DC).  The parole decision will be made by majority vote.

According to parole guidelines:

"Upon receipt of an original jurisdiction case, the National
Commissioners, where feasible, shall process the case within 21
days. Cases shall be voted on sequentially."

It isn't known when the National Commissioners received the Peltier
application for parole or when the 21-day clock began running.

It isn't known how many parole applications were received prior
to Peltier's application or if a backlog exists at the U.S. Parole
Commission.

It isn't known if all four National Commissioners are available
for the review and a vote at this time.  It's August and,
traditionally, Washington pretty well closes down during the month
of August. Members of Congress return to their home districts for
the month and they and the President generally vacation during this
period. Government bureaucrats often do the same.

Our point: There are many unknowns.  But this is something we
DO know. There is great potential here for there to be a delay
-- intentional or not -- with regard to the parole decision.
The words "where feasible," tell us so.

That's why everyone has to keep up the political pressure.

We know you've written letters, made calls, sent e-mails.  First,
thank you. Thank you very much for all you do on Leonard's behalf.

But now you have to do it again.  And again.  And again.  Please. Do
it and keeping doing it until Leonard Peltier is home with his
family.

Call the White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1112;

AND

Fax a letter to the White House: 202-456-2461;

AND

E-mail the White House: <http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/>.

Take all three actions every single day.

And the message?

Mr. President.  Free Peltier NOW!

Again, thank you.

* Of Special Interest *

The clock is ticking ever faster for Leonard Peltier (with sample
letters to the Parole Commission)
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/08/clock-is-ticking-ever-faster-for.html>

Peltier: His Life
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/08/peltier-his-life.html>

A Refresher on American Indian History
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/08/refresher-on-american-indian-history.html>

His Parole: An Exclusive Interview (with Leonard Peltier)
<http://FreePeltierNow.blogspot.com/2009/08/his-parole-exclusive-interview.html>



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