Court rejects convicted spy Pollard’s appeal

Court rejects convicted spy Pollard’s appeal

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday denied an appeal [PDF opinion] from convicted spy Jonathan Pollard [advocacy website] to reduce the life sentence he received for selling classified documents to Israel while working as a civilian intelligence analyst for the US Navy. The court ruled that Pollard should have contested his 1987 sentence earlier, that he failed to convince the court that his legal counsel was inadequate, and that the court did not have the authority to review Pollard's document request. Pollard's case has been a source of friction in US-Israeli relations with Israel repeatedly urging his release. AP has more.