Monday, December 5, 2016

Kathy Peltier: Leonard Peltier Is My Father and He Deserves Clemency

I've known Kathy Peltier and her mother Anne for about 7 years, working with them on a special project.  I'm honored to help widen the reach of her TIME magazine article about her father Leonard Peltier.

Leonard Peltier now 71


My father was ultimately extradited from Canada 40 years ago, convicted of the agents’ killings and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences based on testimony that the FBI has admitted they knew was perjured.


My worst fear is that my father will die in prison, and that I will never know him as a free man. Clemency for my father would mean our family would get to spend what’s left of his life together for the first time. That freedom would also mean that he can get the help and treatment he truly needs. The truth is, I don’t know how much longer he will be alive. But I do know that even a week with him would mean the world to me. And I know that to watch him die in prison, without clearing his name, would devastate our family even more than the past four decades have.
My father and our family have lived with this injustice for far too long. At this moment, only the president can decide his fate. I hope that President Obama will grant Leonard Peltier clemency before it’s too late.


Anonymous said...

I hope he gets released, I know it must be hard. One day we will find out the whole truth about this situation and why he is not granted clemency. There are powerful people involved in keeping him where he is at, for some reason. Too much is questionable and they do not want questions asked.

Anonymous said...

I remember wounded knee. the FBI was and is just another government agency that lies and cheats to keep it's self relevant. They have no concept of fair, honest, or justice. Would that I could set the man free.. I would in a heart beat. Best of luck to you and your family. Never give up.

Anonymous said...

If John Hinckley Jr was released after shooting a president than Leonard Peltier should be released!

Anonymous said...

Sad but true, he will never get out.

Anonymous said...

Come on Obama release this man ASAP. He doesn't deserve a death sentence, which is what he is getting if he dies while in prison.
Give him and his family a chance to be with him in his final time with the illness that he has.
We all voted to give you a chance didn't we.