Why is Leonard Peltier Still in Prison?

Assistant U.S. attorney Lynn Crooks didn’t produce any witnesses who could identify Peltier as the person who killed the agents. The government presented false evidence–the claim that only Peltier had the type of gun that killed the agents–and also concealed evidence showing that the gun they claimed Peltier used didn’t match the bullet casings found near the agent’s bodies.

Documents uncovered later through Freedom of Information Act requests revealed, among other things, that the judge met with the FBI before the trial began, and that the legal defense committee that emerged out of the Wounded Knee occupation had been infiltrated.

None of these facts are really contested by the federal government. In fact, at an appellate hearing in the 1980s, the government attorney conceded: “We had a murder, we had numerous shooters, we do not know who specifically fired what killing shots…we do not know, quote unquote, who shot the agents.”

http://www.counterpunch.com/bollinger07162009.html

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One Response to “Why is Leonard Peltier Still in Prison?”

  1. Steven Mark Tobin Says:

    And yet, he’s in Supermax prison. 23 hours per day in solitary confinement as a super predator and super baddie…

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