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Dear Supporters: To date there has there has been no personal drivel from inmate #89627-132. 1) Peltier likely remains in the feta...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Dear Supporters:

To date there has there has been no personal drivel from inmate #89627-132.

1) Peltier likely remains in the fetal position, sucking his thumb in the corner of his USP Coleman cell still bewildered over January 18, 2017. Here’s a revealing thought; the President understood that the unrepentant murderous Peltier had his day(s) in court and should continue to serve the remainder of his lawful conviction and consecutive life sentences. (Thank you, President Obama.)

Since April 30, 2000, the stated purpose of the No Parole Peltier Association was, and continues to be, to honor the memory and sacrifice of FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams who were brutally murdered in the line of duty; to ensure that justice is served and their convicted killer serves his consecutive life sentences and to challenge decades of Peltier myth, folklore, falsehoods and lies with the facts and truth.

Dedicated and committed to justice, the facts and truth do not a vendetta make.

2) Nonetheless, Peltier and his sycophantic apologists continue to throw around buzzwords like willful, malicious, oppressive, staggering hyperbole, reckless and the like, along with tired folklore because they mistakenly believe that if they repeat it enough times it will magically turn out to be true. But…

Any criticism of Peltier is based on undeniable facts derived from documented sources: trial transcripts, numerous court decisions, statements from the Peltier “Defense Committee” (and all its manifestations over the years), co-defendant statements (most notably Bob Robideau and Dino Butler), Peltier media interviews and a film in which he appeared, books contributed to or co-authored by Peltier, and Peltier’s self-incriminating public statements.

Upon that foundation, logical inferences have been drawn.

For example: Is it appropriate to conclude that Leonard Peltier is a coward?

Based on the facts and history of June 26, 1975 we have an eyewitness who over the FBI radio told a number of Agents they were about to come under fire. That witness was Ron Williams as he and Jack Coler were attacked and severely wounded. Jack Coler and Ron Williams faced a clear and present danger from Leonard Peltier and the other AIM members. Leonard Peltier admitted a number of times, and during a filmed television interview, that he fired at the agents. That was a cowardly act by Peltier and the other AIM protagonists. Ron Williams waved his shirt as a sign of surrender then gave aid to his critically wounded partner. Jack Coler, probably in shock and unconscious was shot twice in the face, killing him instantly. Ron Williams was alive, evidenced by a defensive wound to his hand, which then went through his head. Leonard Peltier was tried and convicted for murder and aiding and abetting. Killing two wounded and defenseless human beings is a cowardly act. At a later unrelated trial, sworn testimony quoted Leonard Peltier describing the killing of the agents and claiming that “The M----- F----- was begging for his life, but I shot him anyway.”^ A cowardly act and statement by Leonard Peltier. Recounting the crime scene, Leonard Peltier made the following statement; “I seen Joe when he pulled it out of the trunk and I looked at him when he put it on, and he gave me a smile.” ^^  In addition to aiding and abetting those involved, Peltier himself stole the dead agents’ weapons, (Jack Coler’s service revolver was found in a paper bag with Leonard Peltier’s thumbprint on it)—a cowardly act that would shock the conscience of any reasonable person. Agents’ Coler and Williams were shot at point blank range in the face, yet their bodies were discovered rolled-over, facing the ground. A cowardly act by Leonard Peltier and those he aided and abetted. (However, it is not known which of the cowards of Jumping Bull, “counted coup” on the dead agents and turned them over to face the ground.)

By all accounts and reasonable conclusions, Leonard Peltier is a coward.

Peltier has made himself a public figure which raises the bar considerably higher when it comes to allegations of criticisms that allegedly are willfully untrue, malicious, oppressive or reckless. As to this public figure, people are entitled to offer their opinions based on their own First Amendment rights of free expression and the recorded, documented public sector facts to counter the four decades of misinformation that has been the bedrock of the Peltier myth and folklore. Inaccurate, often contradictory, outrageous and unsupportable written and public statements by Peltier are entitled to a meaningful public response and it is up to Peltier to show that those responses are provably false.

3) Peltier has falsely claimed that the NPPA was government funded. There is nothing that can substantiate this assertion. When the No Parole Peltier Association and its companion website was launched in 2000 it included seventeen (17) Frequently Asked Questions. One of those FAQs was:

How Much Taxpayer Time and Money Go Into the NPPA and its website?

None. This site was created on the personal time of the author and others and engaged the services of a professional website designer.

Further, on March 13, 2013 the NPPA’s financial records were published to the website as Editorial Essay #58 documenting that personal time and money went into the creation and maintenance of the NPPA association and website. (This was done as a challenge to Peltier to finally come clean regarding his alleged “tax deductible” fundraising and charitable activities. Of course there was no response.)*
Coincidentally, this past March 29th, the $155 payment for web hosting for 2017 was paid by the NPPA founder, again, from personal funds.

Any claim that government funds in any manner supported the NPPA is a libelous allegation without merit.

4) Peltier has claimed he has suffered monetary loss as a result of actions by the NPPA. In order for that to be true, the presumption would be that Peltier is running a business from prison.

As early as 2004, even a member of Peltier’s inner sanctum publicly admitted that Peltier was violating, at the very least, prison regulations:

In a heated exchange between Bob Free and Cathy McCarthy, airing their dirty laundry in the public domain, Free stated, “It is very troubling that she is suggesting that Leonard himself is directing a Non Profit organization while still incarcerated. This is potentially a legal problem for Leonard and the LPDC.”

Perhaps Peltier should review USP Coleman’s Inmate Handbook, specifically page 40, which states in part, “Inmates cannot engage in any type of business and will be sanctioned for doing so.” 

5) Peltier has falsely claimed that the U.S. government allegedly lied to Canadian authorities and provided false witness testimony to secure Peltier’s extradition.

To the contrary, Peltier and his cronies are doubtless referring to Myrtle Poor Bear. Here’s a surprise, repeated for the umpteenth time for the uninformed Peltierites; Myrtle Poor Bear did not testify during Peltier’s extradition.

However, even more significant is that at Peltier’s 1979 Fargo trial, when the government appeared to be ready to call Poor Bear as a witness, Peltier’s own attorney described her as a “…witness whose mental imbalance is so gross as to render her testimony unbelievable.” ** So, there’s that, Peltier trying to have it both ways.

Nonetheless, the Canadian government, reviewing Peltier’s complaint after the fact, made it very clear he was lawfully extradited:

"As I indicated above, I have concluded that Mr. Peltier was lawfully extradited to the United States."

"The record demonstrates that the case was fully considered by the courts and by the then Minister of Justice. There is no evidence that has come to light since then that would justify a conclusion that the decisions of the Canadian courts and Minister of Justice should be interfered with." ***

6) Peltier has claimed that the government was forced to admit that the weapon (the Wichita AR-15) associated with Peltier did not match the ballistics results. This premise is utterly untrue.

After a three-day evidentiary (ballistics) hearing in October 1984 and a subsequent appeal, the Court of Appeals stated as a finding of fact:

“When all is said and done, however, a few simple but very important facts remain. The casing introduced into evidence had—IN FACT—been extracted from the Wichita AR-15. This point was not disputed; although the defense had its own ballistics expert, it offered no contrary evidence.”
(Emphasis added) ****

7) Peltier claimed that the government’s case against him deteriorated to the point that the U.S. Attorney changed the basis of Peltier’s prosecution to indicate that Peltier was simply just there and thus deserved to be convicted. This is a fictitious argument that had been made previously and reached, again, the Court of Appeals, which ruled:

“Peltier’s arguments fail because their underlying premises are fatally flawed. (A) The Government tried the case on the alternative theories: it asserted that Peltier personally killed the agents at point blank range, but that if he had not done so, then he was equally guilty of their murder as an aider and abettor.” (Emphasis added) *****

8) In the matter of a claim of defamation, as Peltier has alleged, it must be based on a statement that is provably false.

Peltier is a murderer. True. He was tried, convicted and sentenced for murder and aiding and abetting in the brutal killing of FBI Agents Coler and Williams. Peltier’s numerous appeals have never altered that conviction.

Peltier lied about his only real alibi. True. Peltier claimed that someone they knew, but would not name, the infamous Mr. X in the red pickup, killed the agents. Even on film (Redford’s, Incident at Oglala), Peltier utters the words, “This story is true.” It wasn’t. It was a lie for the better part of two decades. So said co-defendant Dino Butler and one of Peltier’s own attorneys. ******

In 2016 Peltier admitted participating in the killing of Agents Coler and Williams. True.

As incredible as it may seem, Peltier’s attorneys allowed him to make this stunning admission in his latest clemency petition to the President of the United States: “I did not wake up on that June 26 planning to injure or shoot federal agents, and did not gain anything from participating in the incident.” (Emphasis added) ******^

Peltier remains an unrepentant convicted murderer. True. Peltier’s shallow claims of innocence, superficial lip service to the families of the dead Agents, and his own public statements, reveal that he remains unrepentant:

“And really, if necessary, I’d do it all over again because it was the right thing to do.”
(Leonard Peltier, February 2010)

“I don’t regret any of this for a minute.” (Leonard Peltier, August 2014)

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams:
Ed Woods

^ Looking Cloud trial transcript at 144-145; In reference to a statement made to the witness by Leonard Peltier: Prosecutor: “Exactly what did he say?”  Witness: “He said the M----- F----- was begging for his life but I shot him anyway.”
^^ Peter Matthiessen, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, p.552
**** U.S. v. Peltier, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 800 F.2d 772, 21 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. (Callaghan) 1017, 1986; U.S. App. Decision, September 11, 1986: Sections: “The .223 Casing,” and “The AR-15.” http://www.noparolepeltier.com/800.html

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Dear Supporters:

Peltier is still reeling from the devastation of January 18th and the realization that he’s not going anywhere, at least for the next four years. (Thank you, President Obama.*)

The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) announced that it has reorganized (for about the fifth time since 2000), under new leadership and has moved back to Fargo.

Fargo, where it all began for Peltier after his trial and sentencing on June 2, 1977 to consecutive life sentences for the brutal murders of FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams.

The ILPDC bulletin, on an inartfully named website, powwow-power.com, announced that Peltier’s niece, Kari Ann Boushee and cousin, Paulette Dauteuil-Robideau, will be heading up the new office. Likely a desk and computer in someone’s basement.

The cousin part is interesting carrying the hyphenated -Robideau. Bob Robideau, the now deceased low-life who participated in the cowardly attack on the Agents and among other things claimed in an email that “they died like worms,” was according to Peltier, his cousin. If Paulette married a Robideau, or perhaps even this particular reprobate, how does that make her Peltier’s cousin? A cousin by marriage?

Not exactly tolerant or sensitive of other religions or ethnicities, the home page for the ILPDC announcement was advertising “Olive Drab INFIDEL T-shirts.”

Dauteuil makes no excuses for her radical and communist affiliations, boastful even of her association with every sort of left wing, anti-establishment and un-American cause one could imagine. Her résumé, proudly posted on the Jericho Movement’s national website includes references to comrades, revolutionary change, and peoples struggles. Listed on this website is the Jericho Movement’s email address, jihadabdulmumit@gmail.com. Perhaps a sobriquet for Ms. Dauteuil could appropriately be, Jihad Jane.

In 2005, this writer attended a Jericho Movement meeting in New York City to listen to Bob Robideau make a fool out of himself in front of a relatively politically astute but radically unhinged group. It was a rather small gathering (considering the population of Manhattan) of pathetic leftist radicals that so hate Amerika (with a K) that it makes one wonder if they despise America so much, why don’t they just leave? That’s a rhetorical question, of course, because they know anywhere else they wouldn’t have the freedom to be as vile as they please.**

As a postscript of sorts, remember, too, that Robideau himself castigated Peltier and left the committee with a public pronouncement of his disgust for Peltier’s abhorrent and deviant prison behavior.

Ms. Boushee and Jihad Jane advise they are “…also putting together a new legal team, working board, fundraising and Art sections as well as International and National Chapter leadership positions.”

Translation: Peltier’s fortunes have collapsed. The uninformed and misguided diehards are discouraged, oozing away to find some other false prophet to swoon over, along with the leaches who sucked onto the Peltier myth for their own benefit. Peltier has no idea, or is perhaps unwilling to admit that so many people over the years have been using him for their own personal gain or fifteen minutes of fame. That includes a gaggle of attorneys looking for some notoriety or a few that could care less that Peltier is actually guilty,*** and the worst kind, the wannabes, those non-natives who adopt Indian sounding names and assume they have something meaningful to offer.

No, this will be nothing more than a weak and failed attempt to reinvigorate or reinvent the cash cow.

We have yet to hear from Peltier himself and those first utterances will likely be the same shallow whining we’ve heard for many years. Man up Peltier, you made your decisions that fateful day, acted on them, made your bed, now lay in it.

Peltier has to face the reality of his criminal acts and recognize that his days in the sun are over.*^

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

(See editorial essay and Footnote #2 regarding the Jericho Movement.)
*** Over the years there have been several sincere and dedicated attorneys who took up the Peltier mantle, albeit unsuccessfully. This doesn’t include the likes of Cynthia K. Dunne, Martin Garbus, Carl Nadler, Eric Seitz and the wannabe, pony-tailed, Bruce “I’ll take the Fifth” Ellison.

*^ The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has facilities for aging lifers. Were it not for an unrepentant sociopath, Jack and Ron would have grown old gracefully.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Dear Supporters:

The Peltier website, www.whoisleonardpeltier.info* hasn’t been updated since President Obama denied Peltier’s clemency petition on January 18th.

It appears to be frozen in time with the latest posts as meaningless as Peltier’s claims of innocence, not to mention the perversity of his view that his conviction represented his people.

--On the home page there’s a link to 8th Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Heaney’s letter. 
A letter long debated but clearly not an endorsement of Peltier’s innocence, actually quite the contrary. [i]

--Statement by former FBI Agent and Congressman Don Edwards:  This clearly demonstrates the desperation of the Peltier network. Edwards’ letter is dated December 21, 2000 and was the subject of a critical NPPA rebuttal. [ii]

--Letter by former U.S. Attorney James Reynolds: Reynolds called for clemency and erroneously claimed he had management and supervision over the Peltier conviction. (Mr. Reynolds should be publicly challenged about his assertions, but at this point, it doesn’t matter.) [iii]

--Letter by former FBI agent John Ryan. Disgraced and dismissed, Ryan’s opinion on Peltier is of no consequence.

Further on in the Peltier website there are links to:

--Russ Redner, Thanks for nothing, Obama: Which is rich because Redner, at times, was more of a hindrance than a help to Peltier and was responsible for one of the most ignorant and reprehensible public statements regarding the deaths of Special Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams.  Peltier publically also brought to light Redner’s “severe emotional and mental problems.” [iv]

--Celebs react to Obama denying clemency to Leonard Peltier: Really? Who cares or gives a rats-whatever what the Hollyweird crowd thinks. Overpaid egotists should stick to what they do best (sometimes anyway), pretending to be someone else.

This is followed by a longer list of the same old plaintive cries of a wrongful conviction completely unmoored from the facts of June 6, 1975 and Peltier’s conviction and many subsequent appeals. Appeals that only reinforced the validity of his rightful conviction and unquestioned guilt. Guilt only toughened by Peltier’s many public admissions. [v]

But not a word from Peltier.  

The last time Peltier believed commutation was imminent, but wasn’t, he fired off his famous “politicians are such sleazebags” comment during a public interview about President Clinton.[vi]  We’re likewise patiently waiting for a similar attack on former President Obama. [vii]

But now inmate #89637-132 must be in a state of bewildered disbelief, sucking his thumb and curled up in a fetal position in the corner of his USP Coleman cell, knowing full well that he’s not going anywhere during this law and order administration.

Peltier does still have the statutory opportunity for parole review hearings, this year and in 2019. Years’ past he has waived the hearings but the sense now is that he’ll at least take a crack at this one. What else does he have? These hearings are administrative in nature to address any mitigating circumstances concerning his sentence and incarceration. Since Peltier remains totally unrepentant, that part is a nonstarter. He does, however, try to make as much noise as possible about his health. Too bad for that, since he robbed Jack Coler and Ron Williams of their opportunity to have a full life and face the predicable aging process.

But we will be watching whether or not Peltier does have a review hearing, now or at any time in the future. [viii]

Nevertheless, there is one bright spot for Peltier. The U.S. Bureau of prisons has hospital facilities.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

*The NPPA never hesitated to publicize Peltier’s website. It has been on the NPPA homepage since April 2000.

Now that the Peltier saga has all but come to an end it was time to consolidate the many documents and reference materials and reorganize my study for a long-planned project. In the basement are several storage boxes of Peltier material and four file cabinet drawers in my study that accumulated over the past few years. These were reviewed, duplicates or unnecessary material was discarded, and what remained was placed in another plastic storage bin to join the rest—never to be destroyed, but available, if needed, for historical reference, along with the NPPA website. The next personal project will not be about Leonard Peltier, but another equally important FBI case. Nearly seventeen years of Peltier is about enough. Yet some things will remain. Found among the many documents, blogs, Editorial essay research material, etc., was a simple black and white flyer that brought back an incredibly strong and fond memory—a handout that was given to all who attended the dignified procession to the White House on December 15, 2000 as a show of solidarity against any consideration by then President Clinton not to grant Peltier commutation. Also, not in storage, but on the top shelf of my study in front of the folded flag for the past sixteen years, is a photo in front of the White House of four very proud FBI agents on that cool, crisp winter day. One, who came up with the idea and led the organizing effort; her future husband assisting her; an agent who was very close to Ron Williams and worked the RESMURS case to the end; and a pushy New Yorker who recognized that a torch needed to be lit to honor the sacrifice of two young agents killed in the line of duty and to counter the lies and fabrications from their murderer. It was an incredibly meaningful experience for all who attended and we still owe a debt of gratitude to all those who made that day so significant.

(Leonard Peltier had a recurring dream, especially approaching mid-January, that he could finally see light at the end of the tunnel. It was a freight train.)
“They (FBI and BIA) did not arrive in time to prevent the Oglala Akicitas and their allies from counting coup on them.” (Russ Redner, 2005)
In an October 14, 2005 statement Peltier excoriates the government and nearly everyone else as he also mentions the efforts of Russ Redner, his new LPDC director, who had (only) recently returned to the Peltier camp. But this is how Peltier rewards loyalty when apparently Russ Redner runs into personal difficulties:
"Due to severe emotional and mental problems Russ has submitted his resignation as Director of the LPDC. I have accepted his resignation and ask everyone to pray to Wankan Taka or his Allah to restore his mental health, so that he won't have to be hospitalized."
--Another thoroughly disgusting statement came from low-life, AIM co-defendant, now deceased, Bob Robideau, who penned an email stating “they died like worms.”

Monday, February 6, 2017


                                                                                          No Parole Peltier Association

8190 Beechmont Ave., #101
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255-6117
February 6, 2017

U.S. Parole Commission
90 K Street, N.E. 3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530

                                                                                                            Re: Leonard Peltier #89637-132
                                                                                                                   Parole opposition

Dear Chairman Wilson-Smoot:

We respectfully submit the following, particularly Peltier’s public admissions as late as 2016, as justification for denying parole consideration.

Briefly, Peltier was convicted for the brutal murder and aiding and abetting in the murder of FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on June 26, 1975. He received consecutive life sentences plus an additional seven consecutive years for an armed escape from USP Lompoc in 1979.  Also, due to a number of prison infractions Peltier has served a total of over five years in solitary confinement.

Peltier’s case has received numerous judicial reviews, twice reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. His conviction and sentence has never been altered.

Peltier has maintained his innocence, claiming to be a political prisoner, and has been supported by a number of celebrities. However, his version of the killing of the agents has changed numerous times over the years and his public statements (set forth below) belie his innocence.

On July 28, 2009 Peltier was afforded a full parole hearing, at which I was one of the witnesses.

Peltier’s parole was denied and extended for fifteen years to 2024. However, under the sentencing guidelines he is afforded biennial interim parole review hearings that may occur this year and in 2019.

Of critical importance is for the Commission to be fully aware of Peltier’s public admissions since his last parole hearing:

In 2010 Peltier stated, “And really, if necessary. I’d do it all over again because it was the right thing to do.”

In 2014 Peltier stated, “I don’t regret any of this for a minute.”

On February 17, 2016, Peltier submitted a petition for executive clemency. His attorneys, Martin Garbus, Cynthia Dunne and Carl Nadler made this document public on the Internet. President Obama denied the petition on January 18th.

The petition is replete with factual errors and relies heavily on long disproven claims by Peltier as he has proffered a never-ending stream of myth and folklore surrounding the events of June 26, 1975 and beyond.

Of critical note for parole consideration is on page three of this document under the heading of “Remorse” where Peltier makes yet another admission of guilt:

“I did not wake up on June 26 planning to injure or shoot federal agents, and did not gain anything from participating in the incident.”

Prior to, and since the 2009 parole hearing, Leonard Peltier remains the unrepentant and remorseless cold-blooded executioner of two federal agents he and others had already attacked and severely wounded. Agent Coler, nearly fatally wounded, was believed to be unconscious from a devastating wound before he was shot twice in the face. Agent Williams, however, was alive and had a defensive wound to his hand before he too was shot in the face, killing him instantly.

Peltier will undoubtedly claim he should be paroled because of health issues. The Bureau of Prisons has medical facilities to address inmate aging and health concerns. However, Jack and Ron, because of Peltier’s criminal actions, never had the opportunity to live a full life and face the inevitable aging process. Peltier robbed them of that possibility.

Leonard Peltier should be shown as much consideration and compassion as he gave Agents’ Coler and Williams, which would be none.

We respectfully request that in view of Peltier’s public admissions and lack of remorse he should not be considered for parole at any time.


Edward Woods
Edward Woods

1-Larry Langberg, President, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, 3717 Fettler Park Dr., Dumfries, Virginia 22025
1-Tom O’Conner, President, FBI Agents Association, P.O. Box 320215, Alexandria, Virginia 22320
1-Tamyra Jarvis, Warden, U.S. Penitentiary Coleman 1, 846 NE 54th Terrace, Sumterville, Florida 33521

Wednesday, January 18, 2017



If I may take the liberty to not only speak for myself (former Green Beret and 30-year FBI Agent), but on behalf of all the men and women, past, present and future, who wear the uniform or carried the badge and willingly placed themselves in harms way to serve and protect the lives and property of everyone in this great nation.

We are collectively grateful, and humbled, that you chose not to grant commutation to Leonard Peltier. His brutal attack and murder of two young FBI Agents and his remorseless public statements support that justice should continue as he serves the remainder of his lawful conviction and sentence.

May your post-Presidency years, shared with your family, be rewarding and productive.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods[i]

[i] To all those who have supported the NPPA and helped champion the cause for justice over the past nearly seventeen years, thank you. Jack Coler and Ron Williams, no doubt, are looking down with gratitude. As the final chapter in the long saga of June 26, 1975 comes to an end, solace can be found in that justice has been served. Little more need be said and the periodic blogs and updates will undoubtedly end, but the No Parole Peltier Association website will remain as an Internet resource for those who are at least concerned about learning the facts and truth.
“In the Spirit…Ed

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Dear supporters:

From the Editorial Board:

Chicago Tribune, January 13, 2017: Editorial Board

Leonard Peltier is 72 and in his 40th year of a life sentence for the 1975 murders of two FBI agents on a reservation in South Dakota. He's a cause célèbre in a movement to persuade President Barack Obama to commute that sentence and let Peltier walk free. That movement has a lot of star power: South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Robert Redford, among others.

Peltier is among a batch of potential pardons and clemency requests that Obama could take up in the waning days of his presidency.

There's Chelsea Manning, the former Army private serving 35 years in prison for disclosing reams of classified material about the U.S. handling of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are also bids for posthumous pardons for Ethel Rosenberg, executed in 1953 for conspiring with her husband to hand over to the Soviet Union secrets about America's nuclear program, and black heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson, who was imprisoned in 1913 for transporting his fiancé, a white woman, over state lines for "immoral purposes."

Manning's disclosures of American wartime military decisions and tactics rankled the Obama administration, so commutation in her case is doubtful. Peltier, however, appears to have some momentum.

Besides the celebrities pushing for his release, a former U.S. attorney at the office that prosecuted Peltier is urging Obama to consider "compassionate release" for the jailed American Indian activist. "Forty years is enough," the former prosecutor, James Reynolds, told the New York Daily News.

No it isn't. Peltier should stay in jail for the rest of his life.

Peltier was 30 when FBI agents Ronald Williams and Jack Coler arrived at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on June 26, 1975, to arrest robbery suspect Jimmy Eagle. They were met with a torrent of bullets, from what prosecutors say were at least seven assailants. As the two agents lay in the dirt heavily wounded, three of the attackers walked up to them. One, armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, shot both in the head at close range. Brutal, barbaric execution — nothing less.

Peltier was the only assailant wielding an AR-15 that day, according to eyewitness testimony.

In 1977, a federal jury convicted Peltier of the agents' murders. He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Peltier has consistently maintained his innocence. He and his backers argue that prosecutors never produced anyone who could identify him as the man who fired the fatal shots. But an appeals court found that it didn't matter whether he was the shooter; it was sufficient that he was proven to be an "aider or abettor" in the murders.

Peltier's lawyers have also claimed that the FBI fabricated and withheld evidence. Appellate courts have agreed that there were flaws in how the FBI — and prosecutors — handled the case. But those flaws, the courts ruled, weren't significant enough to warrant a new trial. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his appeals, and requests for parole have also been rejected.

Peltier's supporters have always framed the plea for his release against the backdrop of long-standing mistreatment of Native Americans by the U.S. government. Pine Ridge is home to Wounded Knee, the site of a massacre of 200 Sioux men, women and children by the Army's 7th Cavalry in 1890.

But Peltier's case is not about the plight of Native Americans. It's about justice for two men who were killed while carrying out their duties as law enforcement officers. Period.

Obama has been unusually generous when it comes to clemency, issuing more commutations than the combined total for the last 11 presidents. Those commutations, more than 1,170, focus on inmates serving long sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

Peltier's case is wholly different. He was convicted of cold-blooded murder, and for that, he should stay behind bars.

"In the Spirit of Coler and Williams"
Ed Woods

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Dear Supporters:

As Leonard Peltier whines for more support and money, he repeats, again, that he has allegedly served his two consecutive life sentences:

Over the past 41+ years, with over 20 years of good time (GT) credit, I have now over 60 prison years of time served. Under the Old Law system that applies to my case, this is by far longer than I was supposed to serve. Per the laws I'm under and that apply to my case, 7 years was a life sentence!! It did not mean that was all I was supposed to serve, but that I was eligible to be paroled and unless they had evidence to keep me in prison, I was to be granted parole. In my case, I was to be paroled to the next 7 years, so in all I was to have only served 14 years. Next, there was the 30-year Mandatory Release (MR) law. All federal sentences were to be aggregated, meaning I would have to only serve 30 years. Many people have been released under the 30 MR law. Again, they could only refuse you a release if they "proved," not just made claims, that you continued to violate the law. These same laws still apply to me today or are supposed to. (12/23/16)

Sounds ominous and seemingly legitimate, but let’s do the math and review the law.

Peltier was arrested in Canada on Friday, February 6, 1976, which began his incarceration.

On anther Friday, three years and five months later, on July 20, 1979, Peltier was involved in an armed escape from USP Lompoc, California where weapons were waiting outside the prison walls and guards were fired upon.

Peltier was arrested five days later; tried, convicted and sentenced to an additional consecutive seven-year sentence.

Does Peltier or any of his bewildered supporters or attorneys remember this?

So, that began a pretty black mark on Peltier’s prison record.

By Peltier’s (and his attorneys) own admission, he has served over five years in solitary confinement. Not a reward for being an ideal inmate.

Even giving Peltier the benefit of the doubt, his good time, minus the five years in solitary, shouldn’t begin until July 1979; and that’s a stretch.

Peltier tries to convince us that he has, “Over 20 years of good time.”

A question he hasn’t answered, is that total, or consecutive?

Remember when Peltier was “shot” in Prison? (Getting “shot” is prison jargon for violating prison rules and suffering the consequences.)

(Please review the blog for the details that landed Peltier in solitary for six months [July 27, 2011] and along with other infractions that likewise had him transferred from Leavenworth to Terre Haute, Lewisburg and ultimately USP Coleman.[i] )

To Peltier at least, these “good time” credits have no expiration or controlling date.  Do they just accumulate collectively between “shots” and solitary confinements?  It’s possible that the Bureau of Prisons uses something like a clean slate policy and good time begins at the end of the last disciplinary event.

Peltier claims that under the guidelines when he was sentenced, “7 years was a life sentence!!” No so fast…

In the federal system, for example, as far back as 1913, parole reviews took place after serving 15 years, though remaining incarcerated for the rest of one’s life was still possible. [ii]

Peltier has been afforded a number of parole hearings after being incarcerated for his first fifteen years.[iii]

The simple A,B.C’s of the unrepentant Peltier follows the law that the U.S. Parole Commission may grant parole if (a) the inmate has substantially observed the rules of the institution; (b) release would not depreciate the seriousness of the offense or promote disrespect for the law; and (c) release would not jeopardize the public welfare.[iv] Although, perhaps not a physical threat, Peltier fails to meet (a) and (b).

A life sentence, without the possibility of parole, has been decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Schick v. Reed case. Schick, whose death sentence was commuted to life without parole for a crime Schick committed in 1969 would have been eligible for parole in 1954. In other words, eligible for parole in fifteen years.

That Court (and later court decisions) also concluded that a whole-life sentence was constitutional.[v]

Perhaps Peltier and his supporters must be reminded that Peltier has been down this road before; challenging the longer term imposed by the Parole Commission.

In the 10th Circuit Court decision on this very subject, Peltier ignores the essence of the denied appeal but never fails to quote a couple of sentences.[vi] (Peltier’s entire parole hearing history is detailed in this court decision.)

That decision also included:

“Contrary to Mr. Peltier’s assertion that evidence undergirding his conviction has begun to “evaporate,” the evidence supporting the jury’s verdict appears in numerous decisions of the Eighth Circuit decisions. Neither the conviction nor any of the subsequent court decisions have been overturned.”

“The Eighth Circuit recognized the intimidation of AIM activists but noted each witness’s attestation that his trial testimony was truthful.”

            “The Commission’s description of the murders in various Notices of Action as ‘executions’ and ‘cold-blooded’ was warranted.”

            “The Commission’s characterization of these events appears accurate to this court.”

            “Previous federal court decisions provided the Commission with ample facts to support its conviction that Mr. Peltier personally shot Agent Coler and Williams”

            “Our only inquiry is whether the Commission was rational in concluding Mr. Peltier participated in the execution of two federal agents. On the record before us, we cannot say this determination was arbitrary and capricious.”

(Reviewing the entire decision provides a far different picture than Peltier would like us to believe.)

Peltier goes on to claim, “All federal sentences were to be aggregated, meaning I would have to only serve 30 years.”

Can Peltier provide any proof of this claim? Don’t think so. Nor is there any reference to an aggregated sentence in Peltier’s legal history.

As for “mandatory release” and Peltier claiming he would only have to serve 30 years. Close, but not there yet, because there’s a pesky definition that Peltier would sooner forget:

Merriam-Webster: Consecutive: following one after the other in a series: following each other without interruption.

And to be clear, Peltier received Consecutive life sentences. That means, 30 plus 30 for 60, plus the consecutive 7 years for Lompoc for a total of 67, minus the 41 already served, leaving 26 years until 2043. However, Peltier’s next full parole hearing is 2024.

One other not too insignificant fact is the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ public records. Inmate records would include a specific release date, if there were one.

A search of BOP records for inmate #89637-132 reveals;

Leonard Peltier, Coleman 1 USP, and under Release Date, “Life.” [vii]

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods