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Petitioning President Barack Obama

Help FREE USA Human Rights Activist - Leonard Peltier

USA Prosecutors and F.B.I Federal Agents manufactured evidence to frame an innocent man. They hid proof of his innocence; disobeyed court orders and lied to the judge; presented testimony obtained by threats and strong-arm tactics; and made improper statements to the jury. As a result, Leonard Peltier has spent over 35 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. People are commonly set free due to a single constitutional violation, but Peltier – faced with a staggering number of constitutional violations – has yet to receive equal justice.

Leonard's birthday is on September 12, how about a birthday present to remember - his freedom.

Letter to
President Barack Obama

President Obama,

If you truly seek freedom and justice for all, act to right the wrongs committed by the USA government in years gone by, begin by granting Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier.

Leonard Peltier, an innocent man, was convicted for the 1975 shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

U.S. prosecutors have repeatedly admitted that they did not and cannot prove Peltier's guilt and the appellate courts have cited numerous instances of investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case.

As late as November 2003, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that "…Much of the government’s behaviour at the Pine Ridge Reservation and its prosecution of Leonard Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed."

The courts claim they lack the power to right this wrong. But, as President, you can.

In this case, your concern should be for equal treatment. From the time of Peltier's conviction until the mid-1990s, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the average length of imprisonment served for homicide in the United States ranged from 94 to 99.8 months.

Even if you were to take Peltier's two consecutive life sentences into account at the higher end of this range, it is clear that Peltier should have been released a very long time ago.

His continued imprisonment after over 30 years appears to be nothing less than revenge for a crime Leonard Peltier did not commit.

Leonard Peltier has been a model prisoner. He has received excellent evaluations from his work supervisors on a regular basis. He continues to mentor young Native prisoners, encouraging them to lead clean and sober lives. He has used his time productively, disciplining himself to be a talented painter and an expressive writer.

Although Leonard Peltier maintains that he did not kill the agents, he has openly expressed remorse and sadness over their deaths.

Leonard Peltier is over 60 years old and his health is deteriorating. He has suffered a stroke which left him partially blind in one eye. For many years, Peltier had a seriously debilitating jaw condition which left him unable to chew properly and caused consistent pain and headaches.

Today, Leonard Peltier continues to suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, and a heart condition. He risks blindness, kidney failure, stroke, and certainly premature death given his diet, living conditions, and health care.

Mr. President, PLEASE do the right thing; grant Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier immediately.

Leonard's birthday is on September 12, how about a birthday present to remember - his freedom.

Thank you for your time.


Concerned citizens of the USA and the World.

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