Saturday, October 9, 2021

PELTIER: A NEW WEBSITE

Dear Supporters:

 

Peltier remains at USP Coleman serving the remainder of his two consecutive life sentences for the brutal murder of FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams, along with the additional seven consecutive years for his armed escape from Lompoc Penitentiary. The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) has relocated, again, for about the sixth time, from Florida to a desktop in an apartment in Marshall, Wisconsin, along with an updated website.

 

The latest website is well done but still contains the same fabrications, misinformation and some provable lies that have been the bedrock of Peltier’s persona since his arrest in Canada on February 6, 1976. This website mirrors the same myth and folklore that has been promoted by the ever-morphing Peltier committees.

 

In other words, within the Peltier camp, and Peltier himself, nothing has changed;  peddle the same falsehoods repeated ad nauseam, only now in a more presentable format. These falsehoods and erroneous claims have been continually exposed through a lengthy appellate process. 

 

The appellate courts have not shied away from recognizing Peltier’s guilt as just a few examples clearly demonstrate:

 

“The direct and circumstantial evidence of Peltier’s guilt was strong…Peltier’s contention of manufactured evidence are far from convincing.”

(Direct Appeal; Eighth Circuit, 9/14/78)

 

“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.” (Eighth Circuit, 9/11/86; referencing Peltier’s AR-15)

 

“Peltier’s arguments fail because their underlying premises are fatally flawed.”

(Eighth Circuit, 7/7/93)

 

“The record as a whole leaves no doubt that the jury accepted the government’s theory that Peltier had personally killed the two agents, after they were seriously wounded, by shooting them at point blank range with an AR-15 rifle.”

(Rule 35 Motion, Eighth Circuit, 12/18/02)

 

And, “I believe he got a fair trial, not a perfect trial, but a fair trial” (Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Gerald Heaney; 1991, ’60 Minutes’ interview. Judge Heaney played a critical role in Peltier’s appellate history, and later as well. (Footnote 1)

 

* * *

 

Peltier, not likely a fisherman, nonetheless is always trolling for cash; lately through the Peltier Store or with the usual begging to help with his legal woes that all can be found in the same smelly chum bucket.

 

His, Peltier v. Joel Sacks, et. al. case, stemming from the great Tumwater, Washington paintings caper, hit a brick wall recently (Fn. 2)

 

On August 19th a federal judge dismissed, with prejudice, Peltier’s federal civil suit.

A month later, as is his right to do so, Peltier filed an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (NCCA). So, what happens next? Another year delay, or longer perhaps (assuming the Ninth Circuit even entertains accepting the case), with two possible outcomes: The NCCA upholds the dismissal which means, literally, case closed, or rejects the lower court’s dismissal which then means probably another year or more as Peltier and Washington State continue their battle.

 

However, there is a much deeper problem. 

 

In dismissing Peltier’s civil suit, with prejudice (unquestionably a significant legal distinction), the District Court apparently accepted the State’s legal arguments, based on a factual finding, that Peltier had ‘no standing’ to bring the civil suit forward in the first place. It was undisputed that the paintings displayed in the government facility in Tumwater, Washington did not belong to Leonard Peltier; a fact that was not initially brought to the court’s attention. Peltier had given the artwork to the ILPDC and it is a hypothetical supposition whether the ILPDC could even bring similar action against Washington State.

 

Yet, Peltier appealed to the Ninth Circuit and the case will likely end there.

 

Peltier tells us he will try again for parole. Let’s hope he finds a better attorney this time because the last one made a public statement that was arguably the dumbest statement in the entire history of the Peltier saga.

 

On July 28, 2009, before a small group gathered outside the concrete walls of Lewisburg Penitentiary, the attorney made this outlandish comment:

 

“…they (the FBI and government) don’t have any creativity, they don’t come up with anything new. They don’t have any greater ability to explain their justification for their position. It’s a very wooden position, kill an FBI agent and live the rest of your life in prison.”

 

A first semester law student could recognize the fallacy of such a baseless argument. The Government, (unlike Peltier over the years changing his version of the events of June 26, 1975), has no need to come up with anything new beyond Peltier’s Fargo trial, conviction and numerous appeals. The ‘government,’ that obviously escaped the attorney’s troubled logic, repeatedly, over the course of many appeals, explained in great detail their justification for Peltier’s conviction and continued incarceration. Throughout that entire process Peltier’s conviction and sentence has never been altered. Nevertheless, the attorney did get one thing right; if someone brutally murders a law enforcement officer then logic dictates that spending one’s life in prison, is justified. 

 

Noted at the bottom of the new homepage is the repeated reminder that:

 

Much of the information contained on this site is derived from ‘In the Spirit of Crazy Horse’ by renowned author Peter Matthiessen…He is a highly respected author and his works have received wide acclaim.”

 

To reiterate an infamous phrase; depending on what the meaning of the word isis, perhaps the ILPDC should point out that Mr. Matthiessen passed away seven years ago, April 5, 2014 to be exact. Matthiessen did attend Peltier’s 2009 Lewisburg parole hearing, but nevertheless his seminal work was not without serious criticism. Matthiessen “is utterly unconvincing, indeed embarrassingly sophomoric, when he pleads the legal innocence of individual Indian criminals…and not only fails to convince; he inadvertently makes a strong case for Mr. Peltier’s guilt.” (Legal scholar and Harvard Law professor, Alan Dershowitz, New York Times book review, 1983.)

 

The homepage of the updated website carries forward a more recent fallacy from 2017:

 

“James Reynolds Former US Attorney said (The Guardian 01/04/2017) of Leonard, “You’re not really participating in the crime yourself. Just because you’re there, you’re going to get nailed.” Citing Peltier’s motives, Reynolds added, “He didn’t go out there with the intention to kill anybody. He was trying to protect his people”

 

The Guardian article barely scratches the surface of the facts behind the outrageous public claims made by James H. Reynolds. That could explain why the ILPDC didn’t go further into the alleged authority over the Peltier case that Reynolds’ claimed. Claims, that upon even a casual examination simply evaporated. To state that Reynolds was disingenuous, confused or distracted would be much too mild of a criticism of his public assertions, because they were transparently untrue. Rather than rehashing the Reynolds fiasco here, and to demonstrate that Reynolds, the interloper dancing on the graves of two murdered and mutilated human beings, please take a moment and see the following (Fn. 3).

 

According to the new website, Peltier’s thirty-three week effort to raise cash for his legal fund has reached an astonishing 36% of its goal, which pretty well demonstrates the continued lack of interest within his support structure. Maybe folks like bantering his name about, waving some posters and banners, but when it comes down to it, hands seem to get stuck in pockets and although Peltier has had some very capable attorneys, good pro bono attorneys are hard to find, and keep.

 

At least in the begging arena Peltier has avoided the previously repeated canard that giving money to him was “tax-deductible.” That is gone, finally, or for now at least, by the wayside. Perhaps those prior attempts at tax-deductible donations were finally noted by the I.R.S. 

(Fn. 4)

 

The last thing Peltier may be is a charity case. What he is though is a convicted felon who remains, despite his personal travails and alligator tears of innocence, guilty and an unrepentant convicted murderer. (Fn. 5)

 

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”

Ed Woods

 

 

Footnotes:

1)The Heaney factor: http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2017/10/

2) Leonard Peltier, Chauncey Peltier v. Joel Sacks, et. al., #C17-5209-JCC.

Review of early history of the Washington State case:

http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2018/09/

See also ‘Reply in support of State Defendants motion for summary judgment,’ noting date, January 22, 2021, 3:17-cv-05209-JCC, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington at Tacoma.

3) James H. Reynolds: Part 1

http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2017/01/peltier-reynolds-false-claims.html

Part 2 http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2017/12/james-reynolds-part-ii-letters-public.html

Part 3 http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2018/01/peltier-james-reynolds-part-iii-dancing.html

Reynolds follow up: http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2021/06/

4) I.R.S. and 501(c)3: http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2019/01/peltier-public-charity-part-2-inurement.html

Tax deductible issues:

http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2017/10/peltier-tax-deductible-legal-issues.html

5) Why Peltier is the worst: http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2019/03/

Friday, July 30, 2021

SA Ronald A. Williams, June 26, 1975, R.I.P.

Dear Supporters:


Today, July 30, Ron would have celebrated his seventy-fourth birthday.
 


He would have been long retired from the Bureau and perhaps retired again from a second career like so many of us have. 

 

Ron likely would be enjoying his golden years showering grandchildren with affection and spoiling them as grandparents are expected and prone to do. 

 

Since Ron was a pilot, and loved flying, perhaps he would still be enjoying those short flights for the proverbial twenty-five dollar hamburger, even if they are now closer to two-hundred. 

But none of those wishes and dreams of the future happened but for a chance encounter with the cowards on the Jumping Bull farm at Pine Ridge in the summer of 1975.

 

In the ensuing years many more Agents and law-enforcement men and women have paid the ultimate price and sacrifice in the line of duty. But from what we know of Ron’s pleasant personality, warm demeanor and strong and unwavering character, it’s more likely than not he would be benevolent to those at Jumping Bull. Perhaps that comes with the wisdom of being able to look down upon us all with wisdom and clarity. 

 

Our thoughts and prayers continue for the entire Williams family and all those who knew him as the fine young man he was, and will always be to us. As we remember him today he is still that same wonderful person.

 

Ron’s spirit lives on as those who remain will continue to remember and honor his sacrifice, as well as his partner, Jack.

 

Keep watching over us Ron, now more than ever we need a special guardian angel. 

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”

Ed Woods

Saturday, June 26, 2021

PELTIER: "Is a forgotten story" & James Reynolds

Dear Supporters:

 

In a recent post begging, as usual, for more cash and accompanied this time with a video, Peltier is falling way short of his goal to pay his attorneys for work on possible parole, transfer to another facility, clemency and his Washington State case.

 

By Peltier’s account the money-well is all but dried up, but at least he’s not claiming that donations are ‘tax deductible.’ Maybe Peltier finally learned a lesson from the IRS (Footnote 1). However, there is still a lingering allusion from Peltier’s message that the convicted felon appears to be running a business from federal prison and we have to wonder if taxes are being paid on these donations.

 

Peltier has to ask himself what happened to all his prior attorneys. Many in the beginning and during lengthy appeals were paid by the largesse of the American taxpayer. Many provided pro bono support, without success, and with little gratitude from Peltier. The latest ones apparently want their billable hours covered.

 

As for a transfer to a prison closer to the Turtle Mountain Reservation, does Peltier really need an attorney? He can make his request directly to the Bureau of Prisons.

 

Parole? Although entitled to parole review hearings every two years, most of which he declined to pursue, it was evident from his 2009 hearing at Lewisburg that the Parole Commission has little sympathy for a convicted double murderer and flopped him for fifteen years, which brings him at least to July 2024. (Fn. 2)

 

James Reynolds; A closer look

 

Peltier offered that “Even the former US Attorney James Reynolds has called for Leonard’s release.”

 

Reynolds certainly had the right to express his opinion about Peltier and clemency. However, his public statements remain severely inaccurate. Reynolds claimed that he had “directed” the appellate process, though, in reality, while allegedly doing so, in some abnormal and bizarre manner Reynolds crossed both State lines and federal judicial boundaries. 

 

No one is saying that Reynolds lied about his connection to the Peltier case but his actual involvement, according to the record of Peltier’s prosecution, clearly demonstrates that Reynolds either utterly exaggerated his perceived authority, unequivocally misremembered or just did not care about what actually occurred.

 

The facts speak for themselves and support that Reynolds’s claim of “directing” the Peltier prosecution is a “gross misstatement of the record,” and that there was “no conversation of any kind,” and that Reynolds “contributed nothing what-so-ever to what went into the final brief on Direct Appeal or into any of the subsequent government briefs resisting Peltier’s numerous attempts to obtain Post Conviction Relief.” 

 

Peltier and the ILPDC are invited to review the actual events and facts concerning Reynolds public statements. Reynolds, the actual interloper, offered unsupportable public comments that bordered on the extreme. (Fn. 3)

 

* * *

 

In the accompanying video in Peltier’s latest missive, Harry Belafonte said it best, “Leonard Peltier is a forgotten story.” 

 

But the memory of Jack Coler and Ron Williams certainly is not.

 

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”

Ed Woods

 

Footnotes:

1) Tax-deductible issues: http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2017/10/peltier-tax-deductible-legal-issues.html

2) Parole hearing; Lewisburg http://www.noparolepeltier.com/debate.html#paroledenied

3) Reynolds:

Part 1, Three part series regarding the facts and the alleged authority Reynolds claimed in the Peltier case:  http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2017/01/peltier-reynolds-false-claims.html

Part II: http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2017/12/james-reynolds-part-ii-letters-public.html

Part III: http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2018/01/peltier-james-reynolds-part-iii-dancing.html

 

Friday, April 30, 2021

PELTIER: 21 YEARS AND COUNTING

Dear Supporters:

 

Much has happened since last April when the No Parole Peltier Association reached its twentieth anniversary, and here we are, another year later, hopefully now reaching the final stages of the Covid  pandemic. 

 

Another year has passed assuring that the memory and sacrifice in the line of duty of two young FBI Agents is never forgotten and Peltier remains challenged for his decades of myth, folklore and provable lies about what really happened that sultry summer day at Pine Ridge.

 

The last year was filled with the same tired, “I’m innocent” and “look how much I have done for my People,” and “Send me more money” rhetoric from years past, none of which has any measurable value because it lacks legitimacy. (Footnote 1)

 

Peltier is in another one of those hopeful periods as he was with Presidents’ Clinton and Obama with a vestige of hopefully seeing the light of day. Peltier also sought a futile attempt at commutation from President Trump. All the Presidents who were aware of Peltier’s clemency petitions recognized that Peltier was undeserving of any leniency or compassion.

 

A reality check is that parole, the Cares Act, or even a transfer northward out of Florida are a borderline delusion.

 

Should Peltier’s consecutive life sentences (and the additional seven consecutive years for the armed escape from Lompoc penitentiary—a tidy little fact that Peltier and his supporters faithfully ignore) become a reality and result in commutation, there are effectively two options:

 

Peltier returns to his Reservation and lives out his remaining years, (the years he robbed from Jack Coler and Ron Williams), in solitude with his family and friends; then so be it.

 

If, however, Peltier thinks he will gain any financial benefit, even one solitary dollar, by speaking out about his murderous actions, he is mistaken. Every lie Peltier continues to spew—and there have been many—about what he alleges happened on June 26, 1975 will be challenged, as they have been since April 30, 2000, and forever long afterwards.

 

All the best to everyone as America struggles through these difficult times.

 

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”

Ed Woods

 

p.s.

Recently some humor and a joke for 2021 was posted on the Internet that Peltier was nominated, allegedly for the seventh time, for a Nobel Peace Prize. Nonetheless, even an official of the Nobel Committee stated that “thousands of people…have nominating rights, so being proposed for the prize is no distinction in itself.” And, “…it is easy to get nominated for the prize, but very hard to win, and there is a common misunderstanding. The fact that someone is nominated is in no way a form of endorsement from the committee.” In simpler terms for Peltier and his supporters: Just about anyone can nominate just about anyone else. Further, and more to the point, being an unrepentant cold-blooded murderer is not one of the Nobel Committee categories. (Fn. 2)

 

Footnotes:

1) Peltier background, a summary:  http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2020/04/peltier-20-years-later.html

2) Additional history and the idiocy of being ‘nominated’ for a Nobel Peace prize: http://www.noparolepeltier.com/debate.html#peace

Sunday, March 14, 2021

PELTIER: DEAR PRESIDENT BIDEN #2

Edward Woods

March 10, 2021

 

President Joe Biden

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

 

Re: Leonard Peltier

Federal Inmate #89637-132

Clemency Denial; Supplemental Facts

 

Dear President Biden:

 

I can appreciate that you are very busy managing our nation’s challenges, however, I wanted to follow up on my letter of January 20 (copy attached) to ensure that unlike the prior Obama/Biden administration that your office is fully informed of the facts surrounding the cold-blooded murder of FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams by Leonard Peltier.

 

It is important to note that should Peltier’s latest clemency petition also include a cover letter, that both documents are scrutinized to separate falsehood and misinformation from the facts and Peltier’s lengthy appellate history. It is also significant to provide an example of Peltier’s lack of respect for the legal process and the Presidency. When President Clinton denied Peltier’s clemency petition, Peltier publicly responded with, 

These politicians are such sleazebags that you just don’t know.” [i]

 

The purpose of this letter is to explain the brutality of Peltier’s crimes and his conflicting statements concerning the events of June 26, 1975 at Pine Ridge, SD, which, when applying for clemency he will shamelessly misrepresent to the Pardon Attorney and to your office. For example, he has stated:

 

“I seen Joe when he pulled it out of the trunk and I looked at him when he put it on and gave me a smile.” (A direct quote from Leonard Peltier to author Peter Matthiessen; In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, p. 552) 

 

There is absolutely no false impression concerning the significant context of Peltier’s description placing him directly at the murder scene. Joe Stuntz, one of those who participated in the carnage and engaged in the initial attack on the agents, stole an FBI jacket from the trunk of Agent Coler’s vehicle, put it on, and gave Peltier a smile.  Picture the scene at that moment; where they stood were two dead and mutilated human beings.

 

As painful as it is to repeat, please remember that Agent Coler was shot in the head by Peltier with his AR-15 rifle at point-blank range, while the second bullet tore away his jaw. Agent Williams had begged for his life, and with defensive wounds, his fingers were blown through the back of his head.

 

Agents Coler and Williams were shot at point blank range in the face, yet when their bodies were later discovered they were both lying face down in the dirt. Obviously, among those involved with Peltier, the dead bodies had been manhandled.

 

One hundred and fourteen (114) shell casings were matched to Peltier’s AR-15 (later recovered in Wichita, Kansas and referred to as the ‘Wichita AR-15’) to a shell casing recovered from the trunk of Agent Coler’s vehicle. This would account for some of the 125 bullet holes in the Agents’ vehicles fired at them by Peltier and others during the initial unprovokedattack.[ii]

 

Regarding Peltier’s AR-15, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, September 11, 1986 stated: 

 

“When all is said and done, however, a few 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.”

 

This Eighth Circuit decision also cited the government’s review of the trial record:

That the witnesses unanimously testified that there was only one AR-15 in the compound prior to the murders, that this weapon was used exclusively by Leonard Peltier and was carried out by him after the murders.

 

Extradition issue: As Peltier has repeatedly and falsely claimed—and should there be any reference in his latest clemency petition or cover letter asserting that his extradition from Canada was unlawful—this is simply not true. The Canadian government had long resolved this issue: 

 

As I indicated above, I have concluded that Mr. Peltier was lawfully extradited to the United States. In my opinion, given the test for committal for extradition referred to above, the circumstantial evidence presented at the extradition hearing, taken alone, constituted sufficient evidence to justify Mr. Peltier’s committal on the two murder charges.” (Canadian Minister of Justice letter to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, October 12, 1999[iii]

 

Peltier has made many public statements that imply a consciousness of guilt and lack of remorse for his victims and criminal actions:

 

And really, if necessary, I’d do it all over again because it was the right thing to do (2010)," and, “I don’t regret any of this for a minute (2014).”

 

It has been challenged by Peltier supporters that these public statements were taken out of context: They have not. In each instance Peltier directly relates his pronouncements to the events of June 26, 1975 and makes neither exceptions nor exclusions for these admissions. While Peltier may envision these public statements in the broader framework of Native American issues, nevertheless, any claims regarding a lack of context fails. 

 

In an unrelated appeal in 2003 (concerning parole records), the 10thCircuit Court of Appeals offered this regarding their review of Peltier’s conviction and appeals:

 

Previous federal court decisions provided the (Parole) commission with ample facts to support its conviction that Peltier personally shot Agents Coler and Williams.” 


And the Commission’s choice of the word ‘execution’ in describing the murders is quite apt.” Further, “While Mr. Peltier, asserts ‘the (Parole) commission identified no plausible evidence that [he] shot the agents after they were incapacitated,’ this statement is simply not true.”

 

In a prior clemency petition on February 17, 2016, Peltier made what amounted to yet another public admission of consciousness of guilt.

 

 “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.” 

 

Peltier, once again, as a matter of public record, and in this instance to President Obama, placed himself directly at the scene of a heinous and vicious double murder. While he was perhaps not planning to kill anyone, and certainly did not gain anything other than life sentences, he clearly admitted to participatingin a criminal act for which he was indicted, convicted and sentenced for murder and aiding and abetting.As the appellate record clearly demonstrates, a jury and nearly two-dozen appeals firmly established his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and never altered his conviction or sentence. 

 

Mr. President, as I previously stated the facts, Agents’ Coler and Williams were not just murdered; they were summarily executed.

 

It is essential to have a complete understanding of the discredited and repeatedly erroneous fabricated myth, folklore and misinformation that Peltier has created in an attempt to shroud and deny the absolute atrocity of his cold-blooded actions.

 

I would again respectfully urge a thorough review of the Peltier matter and to deny his undeserved request for commutation. Thank you for your time and attention in this most important matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

 Edw. Woods

 

Edward Woods

justice@noparolepeltier.com

 

cc:

1-Hon. Rosalind Sargent-Burns, U.S. Pardon Attorney, 145 N St. NE, #5e, Washington, D.C. 20530

1-Hon. Merrick Garland, U.S. Attorney General, USDOJ, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20530-0001

1-Director Christopher Wray, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20535

1-Hon. Patricia K. Cushwa, U.S. Parole Commission, 90 K St. NE #300 Washington, D.C, 20002

1-Hon. Nicholas Chase, U.S. Attorney, District of North Dakota, 655 First Avenue North, Suite 250, Fargo, ND, 58102-4932

1-Hon. Dennis R. Holmes, Jr., U.S. Attorney, District of South Dakota, P.O. Box 2638, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2638

1-Senator Brian Schnatz Chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs, 838 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510

1-Congressman Brad Wenstrup, 7954 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45255

1-Hon. Louis J. Freeh, 3711 Kennett Pike, Ste. 130, Wilmington, DE 19807-2156

1-Brian O’hare, President, Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association, PO Box 320215, Alexandria, VA 22320

1-Eileen Roemer, President, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, 3717 Fettler Park Dr., Dumfries, VA 22025




[i] Boulder Weekly, March 9, 2000; Peltier interview with five reference to President Clinton.

[ii] http://www.noparolepeltier.com/609.html Following an October 1-3, 1984 evidentiary (ballistics) hearing.

[iii] http://www.noparolepeltier.com/canadaletter.html Canadian review regarding Peltier’s lawful extradition