Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was convicted in 1985 of one count of passing classified information to an ally, Israel, and sentenced to life imprisonment. World Net Daily sys that the sentence came "...in spite of a plea agreement that was to spare him a life sentence." I remember this but I don't remember why the court imposed the life sentence when there was, apparently, a plea agreement.
WND also gives us this strange tidbit of info. Pollard is the only American ever to receive a life sentence for spynig for a US ally. The median sentence for this type of offense, according to WND, is 2 to 4 years. So, why the life sentence?
Pollard's name reentered the news when it was reported by Israeli news sources that the Israeli government had just requested a special leave for Pollard so that he could visit his dying mother-in-law in Montral. Only problem here is that his mother-in-law died July 18.
TAGS: Jonathan Pollard, Israel, spy