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Obama rejects clemency for Native American activist Peltier

More commutations are expected from President Obama on his last day in office, but one high-profile name will not be on the list.
The Department of Justice dashed the hopes of Peltier, his family and supporters in a terse email sent to his lawyer Wednesday afternoon.

“The application for commutation of sentence of your client, Mr. Leonard Peltier, was carefully considered in this Department and the White House, and the decision was reached that favorable action is not warranted. Your client’s application was therefore denied by the President on January 18, 2017,” it said.

“I am prepared to die here. I would prefer it be back at my home, but I’m a realistic about my chances,” he told The News from the prison visiting room.

“I have my funeral all planned, I want a full ceremonial burial, with drumming, everything. Traditionally, it should be about three days,” said Peltier, an Indian of Anishinabe, Dakota, and Lakota heritage who grew up among the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Fort Totten Sioux Nations of North Dakota.

Peltier can apply for a commutation again in a year.

His next chance at parole is 2024, when he will be 79.

January 18, 2017 / Clemency denied!

U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Pardon Attorney Washington, D.C. 20530

January 18, 2017

Mr. Martin Garbus Attorney 3 Park Avenue New York, NY 10016-5902 Re: Mr. Leonard Peltier

Dear Mr. Martin Garbus:

The application for commutation of sentence of your client, Mr. Leonard Peltier, was carefully considered in this Department and the White House, and the decision was reached that favorable action is not warranted. Your client’s application was therefore denied by the President on January 18, 2017. Please advise your client accordingly.

Under the Constitution, there is no appeal from this decision. As a matter of well-established policy, we do not disclose the reasons for the decision in a clemency matter. In addition, deliberative communications pertaining to agency and presidential decision-making are confidential and not available under existing case law interpreting the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. Your client will become eligible to reapply for commutation one year from the date on which the President denied the current application.

Sincerely,

Source: whitewolfpack.com

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