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Rally for Leonard Peltier Saturday

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Tomorrow (2/4) from 2-3pm, there will be a rally at the US Courthouse, 2 Niagara Square, at the corner of Delaware in downtown Buffalo, calling for the freedom of Leonard Peltier. Peltier has been imprisoned for 36 years for the shooting deaths of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This, despite the prosecutors’ admission that they don’t know who shot the agents.

Similar protests are taking place around the world on his behalf.

 



  • Allen Miller

    What a bunch of hogwash. Why don’t you tell the full story about why prosecutors don’t know who specifically killed the agents. Peltier admitted shooting at the agents but he denies that one of his shots killed the agents. The fact of the matter is that two FBI agents were dead as a result of AIM terrorists shooting at them. There were over 100 bullet holes in the car of one of the agents.

    Peltier has had many appeals and lost them all. Bill Clinton chose to give Marc Rich a pardon instead of Peltier. Who knows if Obama loses next fall he may finally get the pardon. Until he gets out in 2040 or gets pardoned by some leftist president he deserves every day he spends in prison.

  • Michael Kuzma

    In 1986 the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recognized FBI misconduct that occurred with respect to the investigation, extradition, and prosecution of Leonard Peltier. The Court found, “ . . . evidence in this record of improper conduct on the part of some FBI agents . . .” United States v. Peltier, 800 F. 2d 772, 778 (8th Cir. 1986).

    Judge Gerald W. Heaney, who retired from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in August of 2006, after having served 40 years on the bench, wrote United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye on April 18, 1991. In this letter, Judge Heaney indicated that: “ . . . the FBI used improper tactics in securing Peltier’s extradition from Canada and in otherwise investigating and trying the Peltier case.”

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 2003 made it clear that, “Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed.” Peltier v. Booker, 348 F. 3d 888, 896 (10th Cir. 2003).