Term Paper: Leonard Pielter Global News

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[. . .] B.I. wasn't going to let Peltier live peacefully in Canada."

Those who believe that Peltier is actually being imprisoned as a government political statement say that the extradition never should have been allowed. According to those fighting to free him the affidavits used for the extradition were fraudulent.

Mr. Peltier's extradition was based on fraudulent affidavits, according to Mr. Lowe. FBI agents pressured false statements out of a mentally incompetent woman named Myrtle Poor Bear, in which she claimed to be Leonard's girlfriend and to have seen him kill the agents. Not only did the two not know each other, but it was later found that she was not at the scene that day. The trial was mysteriously moved to Fargo, North Dakota, "an extremely conservative community," added Mr. Lowe. The new lawyer serving as lead counsel, Elliott Taikeff, did not follow Mr. Lowe's advice or the same strategy that had worked in the previous trial. "By the second or third day, I saw the handwriting on the wall," sighed Mr. Lowe. "Every ruling went against us."

The ballistics evidence presented by the government was that Peltier was the only one who was using the type of gun that fired the type of bullets located in the car of the FBI agent. Whether or not he was using that gun has come under fire many times in the past three decades. Peltier and his attorneys continue to argue that he was there, he was involved but he did not pull the trigger of the gun that murdered the two agents. While he accepts some culpability for being involved in the standoff he objects to being convicted of murder, and even more so to spending two life sentences behind bars for a murder he believes he did not commit. As the appeals process was used his attorneys pointed to other cases in which the convict was at the scene but did not pull the trigger. They insist that in those cases the convicts did not have to wait so long for a parole hearing. According to his legal team and those who support his cause, Peltier is not being held this long because he killed someone, he is being held this long to be used as an example to what will happen to others who dare to buck the system of the United States government.

Argument

Leonard Peltier was not saint. He was involved in many crimes throughout the years. At the time of his Wounded Knee involvement he was already wanted in several states for other crimes. In 1972 he was charged with attempted murder of a police officer (McKey, Erin (1994). United States of America v. Leonard Peltier

File Review (May 1994). He was also charged with attempted murder of an Oregon state trooper in 1974. By the time Wounded Knee occurred Peltier had a long list of fugitive warrants for his arrest stemming from violent crimes in several states.

Peltier was arrested in 1976 in Canada on the following charges from the U.S.

1. "Attempted Murder of State Trouper Ron Hlavinka on November 22, 1972 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin;

2. Murder of FBI special agent Jack Coler on June 26, 1975 on June 26, 1975;

3. Murder of FBI special agent Ron Williams on June 26, 1975 at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota;

4. Attempted Murder of Oregon State Trouper on November 14, 1975, near Ontario, Oregon.

5. Burglary on November 15, 1975, near Nyssa, Oregon;"

Peltier filed a complaint against Canada with a United Nations Human Rights Commission. He also alleged that Canada had subjected him to cruel and inhuman punishment.

He was subsequently extradited, and convicted. He went through appeal requests that were denied. He sought new trials based on what he said was new information that was attained with the new freedom of information act. He tried for three appeals and was denied all three times.

Evidence that was used against Peltier during his trials included the following information that was provided by his then girlfriend:

she had known Peltier since 1971 and was his girlfriend at the relevant time she was present at Pine Ridge as his girlfriend in June 1976 when Peltier and several others were planning the murder of U.S. government agents who might come into the area on about the day before the agents were killed Peltier said he knew that agents were coming to serve an arrrest warrant on Jimmy Eagle and told people to get ready to kill them she said she was present and saw Peltier shoot the agents in August 1976 she met up with Peltier and they discussed his killing of the agents

CONCLUSION

Leonard Peltier was a man in trouble. He was wanted for several violent crimes at the time of his arrest. One of the purposes of parole is the release of someone who has learned his or her lesson about the crime committed as well as the ability to lead a productive and crime free life. Had Peltier only been convicted of this Wounded Knee standoff crime it could be conceivable that he would have a valid point when it comes to his continued detainment. He would be able to point to others who have received early parole hearings as evidence of is government persecution. Instead, Peltier is a man who has been convicted of violent crimes in addition to the murders at Wounded Knee. He is a man who has not shown remorse for any of his actions and is only focused on getting an early parole hearing for himself. He is not a victim or a target for the U.S. government. He is a violent criminal who thought nothing of murder and mayhem and that is the reason he is still being held in prison.

He is a cold blooded murder of two law enforcement officials and two life sentences are not an unusual punishment for such criminals.

References

Canadian Extradition Proceedings (1976) accessed 3-30-04

Extradition hearing: May 1976

http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/dept/pub/rev/extrad76-pt2.html

____ (1993). Indian Activist's Lawyer Recounts Trial,

F.B.I. Misconduct. Inside UVA. Booker House Press.

Matthiessen, Peter (1991). Who Really Killed the FBI Men? Akwesasne Notes,

Summer vol. 23 #2

Melmer, David (2003). Peltier parole hearing. Indian Country Today (Lakota Times);

Sarche, Jon (2003). Peltier Denied Request for Parole Hearing. Associated Press. November.

STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE RON BASFORD accessed 3-30-04

http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/dept/pub/rev/peltier76.html

December 17, 1976

United States of America v. Leonard Peltier accessed 3-30-04

File Review (May 1994) http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/dept/pub/rev/extrad76-pt1.html

USA v Peltier -- Summary of the American decisions accessed 3-30-04

http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/dept/pub/rev/extrad76-pt5.html [END OF PREVIEW]

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