Friday, June 08, 2018 3:55 p.m. CDT by Jim Monk
FARGO (KFGO) – President Trump has been formally requested to grant a pardon, or sentence commutation for Leonard Peltier. Peltier is serving life in prison for the 1975 murders of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His trial was held in Fargo.
Sheridan Murphy is with the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. “All that would necessarily be needed is for the president to see that there was misconduct that’s been admitted” Murphy said. “If you look at the case from a presidential viewpoint, we’re hoping that (the president) can see that there’s questions, there’s a lot of questions about this case.”
A letter written to the president by Peltier attorney David Frankel says Peltier “has been subjected to a vicious campaign of fake news by the FBI.” The letter also says Peltier is in “very poor health” and says Peltier’s only desire is to go home to the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation to be with his family.
Murphy says the pardon request is “certainly worth the effort” because he considers Trump a “wild card.” “You have no idea where he’s going to go. I wouldn’t have guessed that a visit from Kim Kardashian would relate to a pardon the next day…so, you never know.”
The White House isn’t commenting.