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Peltier's Lawyers Seeking Parole Hearing

September 19, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Attorneys for American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, convicted of killing two FBI agents, today will ask the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to approve a parole hearing he has sought since 1986.

Peltier's lawyer, Barry Bachrach, said a panel's refusal to grant the hearing was based on information the government has never proved.

Supporters around the world have long campaigned to free Peltier, 59, who is serving a life sentence at the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., in the shooting deaths of FBI agents Ronald Williams and Jack Coler on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.

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