This copy of Wild Horse's letter to NativeNews requesting assistance in finding those who wish to assist in obtaining Leonard Peltier's freedom; and the copy of "The Petition" are posted here for your convenience. The Petition can be signed online at the link given below. There are also other information, telephone numbers and links in this letter.
Subject: [NativeNews] LEONARD PELTIER: Clemency Petition
From Wild Horse:
We now have 2687 signatures on the petition for Leonard's Clemency.
I know there has to be more people out in this world that would like to see this innocent man released. Please help push for more signatures.
[NOTE: At the time there was a Petition for Clemency at www.PetitionOnline.com] If anyone would like me to add their signature to the petition please email me privately at email@example.com with your full name, city, state, zip code, email address and country if not in the USA. I will add you to the petition at your request.
Below is the text of the petition for all that can't access the petition site.
We the undersigned come together before you to request the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Leonard Peltier from Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.
Mr. Peltier was convicted for the June 26, 1975 murders of 2 FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. There were 4 defendants originally charged before the Grand Jury. Two of the defendants were tried before the court and found Not Guilty by reason of self-defense.
Charges were dropped on the 3rd defendant. Mr. Peltier was tried after a change of venue to North Dakota. In this trial Mr. Peltier wasn't able to put up a self-defense argument. Any evidence that could have proven Mr. Peltier's innocence was not allowed in his trial or if it was allowed it was not allowed in front of the jury. Witness testimony wildly diverged between Grand Jury testimony and trial testimony; further, several of the witnesses recanted their testimony after the trial, claiming perjured testimony because of threats from the FBI. Despite testimony, prosecuting attorneys have stated on several occasions that they don't know who shot the agents that day.
The FBI coerced Myrtle Poor Bear into signing three mutually exclusive affidavits in order to extradite Mr. Peltier from Canada. In Mr. Peltier's trial Ms. Poor Bear testified that she never knew Mr. Peltier, that she had never seen Mr. Peltier prior to the trial. She testified that she signed the affidavits as a result of intimidation by agents interviewing her. The jury never heard her testimony, despite the fact she had originally been scheduled as a government witness, her testimony was excluded on the basis of her "incompetence".
A few FBI officials and/or agents have launched campaigns to publicly proclaim the guilt of Mr. Peltier. Thus perpetuating the original cover up through dissemination of misinformation in editorials, web sites and full page newspaper ads in what is seen as an effort to discredit the common sense and creditability of many national leaders and their organizations. These leaders have studied the case in-depth for over twenty-three years since the reign of terror on the Pine Ridge reservation and areas supposedly under the protection of this country.
Mr. President and elected officials of all people, we ask that you no longer ignore the voices of the tens of millions of signatures and letters of the last twenty three years, and the results of the most recent polls in favor of his immediate release. We ask all politicians and officials to support true justice. Honor the voices of your constituents. Call for immediate unconditional executive clemency for Mr. Peltier.
You help is appreciated
From: "LPDC" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For those of you attending the Democratic Convention Demonstrations August 14-17 to represent Leonard, check (http://www.peoplesconvention.com - this site no longer exists, Sept. 2002) for updates on the schedule. There will be a march against the Prison Industrial Complex. Peltier supporters should look for a very large, yellow Peltier banner in order to form a Peltier contingent. (A photo of it will be posted on our web site in the near future.)
Call the White House Comments Line Today
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Tsonkwadiyonrat (We are ONE Spirit)
FREE LEONARD PELTIER! Demand Clemency! (202)456-1111
forwarded to a NativeNews group; from there to others.
Received: from JTRoad@aol.com
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 18:45:43 EDT
Subject: PLEASE SIGN PELTIER CLEMENCY PETITION!!
I'm asking everyone who cares about Leonard to IMMEDIATELY sign the online Clemency Petition linked below. Even if you've already signed, PLEASE ask ALL of your friends NOW to do the same. This is a way to show your support and convince Pres. Clinton--the only person with the Constitutional power to free Leonard--to release this innocent human being from his quarter-century of false imprisonment. Become part of the history of your own times! Sign this petition! (only once, please!)
/Harvey Arden, Leonard's editor
www.petitiononline.com carried the "Clemency for Leonard Peltier Petition"
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