Some years ago, former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, whose memorandum to the court urged that Jonathan Pollard receive a life sentence, allowed that he would not object to Pollard's release. Recently Edwin Black, reported ("Life Sentence On Technicality" WJW, June 20) that when he interviewed Weinberger regarding his recently published memoir and asked why the Pollard case was left out, the casual reply was, "Because it was, in a sense, a very minor matter, but made very important." 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, 2010, Pollard entered the 26th 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. Compare: - 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 Let's look for truth and not be pushed by hatred.
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