You do the math: Christine Quinn is expected to run for mayor in NY next year. She is the speaker of the NY City Council. Yesterday she released this letter calling on Obama to commute the sentence of Jonathan Pollard, the spy for Israel inside Navy Intelligence who has spent many years in prison:
“Mr. Pollard has spent more than 26 years in prison for the serious crimes he committed, regarding which he has expressed great remorse,” Quinn’s letter reads. “Mr. Pollard has served a longer time in prison than many others who were found guilty of similar activity on behalf of nations that, like Israel, are our allies.”“I know I share similar views of many past and current American elected officials, as well as Israeli leaders,” the Speaker indicates a change of times, that has become a consensuses issue, one that has united Israeli and American officials from both sides of the aisle.
“It is time for mercy,” Quinn writes the President. “Commuting the sentence of Mr. Pollard would be viewed as a great act of compassion.”Therefore, I respectfully urge you to use your constitutional power to treat Mr. Pollard the way others have been treated by our nation’s justice system, and commute his sentence, Speaker Quinn concludes her personal letter.