October 8th HEARING IN ST. PAUL, MN- Come if you can!
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has agreed to hear Leonard'
s appeal of the lower court's dismissal of his motion to reduce sentence.
Leonard's legal team is very excited about this opportunity to get back in
the courtroom. The arguments are strictly limited to 15 minutes for and
against, with Eric Seitz and Bruce Ellison on Leonard's behalf, and with
Lynn Crooks coming out of retirement to argue for the government. Dave
Chief, Leonard's spiritual advisor, is coming to conduct ceremonies, and we
expect a packed courtroom and a spirited vigil outside the courthouse. For
supporters who live in or near St. Paul, we encourage your attendance.
Rally and Vigil 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Tuesday, Oct 8th
Press Conference immediately following
Warren Burger Federal Building
316 N. Robert St.
St. Paul, MN
1999 HABEAS CORPUS MOTION DENIED
A writ of Habeas Corpus filed in the U.S. District Court of Kansas, which
had languished in the court for over three years, was denied by the Court.
Leonard's legal team has appealed the denial, and will prepare a detailed
brief in coming months. The writ challenges the US Parole Commission's
repeated denial of parole, contrary to its own guidelines.
The U.S. Parole Commission was set to be abolished on Nov 1, 2002, and
there may be a call for urgent action next week to ensure that members of
Congress do not rush through a bill to extend the life of the Commission
through Nov. 1, 2005. We will update you as soon as we determine the best
course of action to halt the continuation of this corrupt parole bureaucracy
(even if Congress rejects the bid for the extension, the Dept. of Justice
has in place a plan to create a new organization with a different name, but
with, no doubt, all the same faces and policies as the current Parole
On September 9th, Leonard's mother, Alvina Showers, passed on. The LPDC
worked to gain travel access for Leonard to attend the funeral, which was
denied. If you would like to write Leonard address your letters to:
PO Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS 66048
He can receive letters, paperback books, non-Polaroid photos, and US Postal
Please join us in welcoming Leonard's daughter, Marquetta Peltier, to the
defense committee. Marquetta is working as the LPDC co-coordinator. Her
presence has provided an invaluable element to the work. We look forward to
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee