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    • BEN JABO
    • 21.11.11 | 18:12 (IST)

    No thanks to Caspar Weinberger, who insisted on it Jonathan Pollard is the only person in the history of the United States to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally. On November 21, 2011, Pollard entered the 27th year of his life sentence, with no end in sight. The maximum sentence today for such an offence is 10 years. The median sentence for this offence is 2 to 4 years. Name Spied For Sentence/Punishment Time Served Before Release* Jonathan Pollard Israel Life imprisonment Michael Schwartz Saudi Arabia Discharged from Navy No time served. Peter Lee China† 1 year in halfway house No jail time. Ronald Montaperto China 3 months Xiaodong Sheldon Meng China 2 years Samuel Morison Great Britain 2 years 3 months Phillip Selden El Salvador 2 years Sharon Scranage Ghana 5 years; reduced to 2 years 8 months Steven Baba South Africa 8 years; reduced to 2 years 5 months Jean Baynes Phillipines 3 years and 5 months 1 year and 3 months Geneva Jones Liberia 3 years and 1 month Frederick Hamilton Ecuador 3 years and 1 month J. Reece Roth China and Iran 4 years Abdul Kader Helmy Egypt 4 years 2 years Joseph Brown Phillipines 6 years Michael Ray Aquino Phillipines 6 years and 4 months Michael Allen Phillipines 8 years Robert Kim South Korea 9 years 7 years Leandro Aragoncillo Phillipines 10 years Thomas Dolce South Africa 10 years 5.2 years Steven Lalas Greece 14 years * Time served before release is shown where known. Other cases of early release exist. † U.S. government foreign policy deems China to be an American ally. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table II: American Enemies Jonathan Pollard spied for an American ally. This chart shows that Pollard's life sentence is far harsher than most of the sentences received by those who spied for enemies, and thereby committed much more serious offences and treason.

    from the article: Jonathan Pollard won't survive another year of U.S. jail, wife says
    First published 16:49 21.11.11 | Last updated 16:49 21.11.11
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