COURTS DENY LEONARD PELTIER ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF LONG-HIDDEN FBI


For Immediate Release
February 27, 2007
Contact: Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
(915) 533-6655
info@leonardpeltier.net

Michael Kuzma, Esq.
(716) 822-7645-office
(716) 474-3824-cell
Kuzma_Michael@hotmail.com

In two separate decisions rendered this month, United States District Judge
Donovan W. Frank and a three judge panel for the United States Court of
Appeals for the Second Circuit refused to order the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) to release thousands of pages of documents relating to
Leonard Peltier.

Both Judge Frank and the Appeals Court upheld claims by the FBI that release
of the sought-after information would, among other things, cause serious
damage to the national security of the United States and the war on
transnational terrorism.

In 2003, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit declared
that, "Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and
in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government
withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are undisputed."
Nevertheless, Judge Frank found that any evidence of prior FBI misconduct
was "irrelevant."

Michael Kuzma, attorney for Leonard Peltier in both cases brought under the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) said that, "The Courts are unwilling to
dispense justice when it comes to Leonard Peltier."

Kuzma went on to state, "How can anyone claim that Leonard Peltier received
a fair trial in 1977 when the government withheld and continues to withhold
thousands and thousands of pages of FBI documents?"

Barry A. Bachrach, who served as co-counsel with Kuzma, indicated that he
was, "disappointed, but not surprised that the Courts elected to summarily
uphold the decision by the FBI to keep the documents hidden on dubious
national security grounds." Bachrach went on to ask, "How can FBI documents
generated over three decades ago possibly pose a threat to the national
security of the United States?"

Judge Frank’s decision will be appealed to the United States Court of
Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Peltier attorneys have 30 days to file a
Notice of Appeal.

Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), was
convicted in Fargo, North Dakota, on April 18, 1977 for the shooting deaths
of FBI Special Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams at the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation in South Dakota on June 26, 1975.
Posted by Pan-African News Wire at 9:52

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