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Leonard Peltier Update: Waiting for Results of the July 28 Parole Hearing
Leonard Peltier, a political prisoner illegally extradited, tried in a sham trial, and denied justice for over thirty three years, had his first real parole hearing on Tuesday. The results have not yet been announced. Wanbli from the Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense Committee, gives an update on the process and the legal struggle to free Leonard.
"In spite of scorching temps and humidity, there were several hundred people who attended and waited for several hours until attorney Eric Seitz came out and addressed the crowd. He said the FBI did not have anything new to say but that he was able to present some additional evidence on Leonard's behalf to the board. Leonard spoke with the board and answered questions for 1-1/2 hours. The hearing officer said he would look over his documentation and make a recommendation within 24-48 hours, at which time the parole board has up to 3 weeks to make a final determination. Leonard has expressed his thanks for all of the efforts made on his behalf today. Eric Seitz said he feels "optimistic.""
Leonard's team has asked supporters to call the White House Comment Line (202-456-1111).
or main White House line, which is 202-456-1414 to ask for executive support for parole.