pollard is not entitled to any special dispensation. sympathy for him is misplaced. at a minimum pollard violated the laws against espionage and may well have committed treason if he knew that Israel was but an intermediary of the USSR with respect to his actions. there are no bills of attainder in america despite what some of the more paranoid posters on this thread are alleging. pollard pled guilty - he was warned, as all defendants are when they plead guilty to a crime, that the recommendation of the prosecutor can be ignored by the judge. the judge did so in his case. too bad for pollard, but hardly a unique or untoward use of a judge's discretion. pollard's actions shouldn't damage the reputation of jews in america. indeed, to impute the sins of an individual jew to all american jews is as anti-american as it is anti-semitic. nonetheless, israel's refusal to cooperate in damage control, and continued lobbying on behalf of pollard, was and is pathetic.
from the article: Ex-CIA director: I prevented move to release spy for Israel