|Wednesday, August 13, 2003|
|Interview: Esther Pollard: New Court Date Will Not Free Pollard|
Interview: Esther Pollard: New Court Date Will Not Free Pollard
Aaron Lerner Date: 13 August 2003
IMRA Interviewed Esther Pollard, wife of Jonathan Pollard, in English on 13
IMRA: Jonathan Pollard has a new court date, September 2, 2003. You must be
ESTHER POLLARD: [silence].
IMRA: But tell me, Esther, it has to mean something that Jonathan will
ESTHER POLLARD: No, Aaron, Jonathan will not get to speak at all. He will
IMRA: Isn't this the evidentiary hearing that Jonathan has waited so long
ESTHER POLLARD: No. It is not an evidentiary hearing.
IMRA: So it's an appeal?
ESTHER POLLARD: No it is not an appeal either.
IMRA: Well then, what is it? A retrial?
ESTHER POLLARD: Unfortunately the September 2 court date is not the
IMRA: What is the difference?
ESTHER POLLARD: At an evidentiary hearing, or an appeal or a retrial, the
ESTHER POLLARD: In the simplest possible terms it is just more discussion.
IMRA: You mean the two cases they filed in 2000?
ESTHER POLLARD: Yes. The first case is a Motion for Resentencing. It asks
The second case asks the court to order the Government to allow Jonathan's
IMRA: Those two cases were filed about 3 years ago. How were they decided?
ESTHER POLLARD: That's just it, Aaron, they never were decided.
IMRA: You mean to tell me that they are still sitting on the judge's desk
ESTHER POLLARD: Yes. Exactly. We had hoped that we might get a decision but
IMRA: How would that help?
ESTHER POLLARD: A decision - even a negative decision on those two cases -
IMRA: Let me understand; in other words, no matter what goes on at this
ESTHER POLLARD: That sounds about right.
IMRA: So is this just a stalling device? The court can appear to be
ESTHER POLLARD: Let me put it this way, Aaron: both sets of attorneys have
ESTHER POLLARD: And instead of getting a decision, what we got was a court
IMRA: Is standard procedure?
ESTHER POLLARD: No. Usually oral arguments belong to an appeals phase, but
IMRA: So why doesn't Jonathan appeal?
ESTHER POLLARD: Catch-22 He can't appeal until a decision on the cases is
IMRA: Even a negative decision?
ESTHER POLLARD: Yes! Of course! Then we could go to Appeal!
IMRA: So again, this new hearing just gives the appearance of progress,
ESTHER POLLARD: True. Remember - and I know that this is hard for most
IMRA: So why are they bringing Jonathan all the way to Washington - at
ESTHER POLLARD: That is a good question, Aaron. I wish we knew.
IMRA: Is there any chance that this hearing could set Jonathan free?
ESTHER POLLARD: No. It is not a trial. Not even a hearing. Just more talk.
IMRA: Esther what is the best you and Jonathan can hope for out of all of
ESTHER POLLARD: A miracle!
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
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