Michael Kuzma,Esq. Fresh out of the FOIA Hearing for Peltier!!!!
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"Leonard Peltiers unjust incarceration remains a festering sore that impedes better race relations in America. Surely the time has come to promote healing and a spirit of trust and genuine goodwill toward the Indian peoples of America with an act that serves both compassion and justice."
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THURS: 3-20-08 7-8:30PM PST
Special Guest: Michael Kuzma Esq., Arguing attorney for Leonard Peltier; Sr. Legislative Assistant to City Council President, Buffalo, New York....
Re:The Freedom of Information Act-...
Native American Political Leonard Peltier still waits for his Freedom....
Michael Kuzma, Esq. fresh out of a "FOIA Hearing" on Leonard Peltier's behalf....will be our call in guest on NAMAPAHH First People's Radio THIS Thursday night 3- 20-08 from 7-8:00PM.
Mr.Kuzma will introduce those unfamiliar with Native American Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier's case. Back in 1977 Peltier, who was a member of the American Indian Movement at the time, was charged with murder & convicted with the deaths of two FBI special agents, Jack Coler & Ronald Williams who died due to gunshot wounds on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on June 26, 1975.
Mr. Kuzma will also update those who have long followed Peltier's case, many who even filled the streets with the chant "What do we want... 'Justice'...when do we want it... 'Now'...
'Free Leonard Peltier' ....."
Considering the time period in some people's minds, this could be considered just another Indian War, but modern day...many people died on Pine Ridge back then and sad to say many people are still dying on Pine Ridge. How many Native American people died at the hands and neglect by the US Government, for generations?
Isn't this supposed to be a Democracy that has been mandated by treaties to take care of tribal people? Isn't this the same US Govt. that has sent countless men & women off to the Middle East in the name of Democracy?
What is wrong with this picture? What happened to a fair trial? Why is Leonard still serving two life sentences? Why won't the FBI agency free these crucial records, claiming to withhold it in the name of "National Security" ? What will the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit decide after this hearing that happened last week? If Leonard's constitutional rights can be violated, what about yours/mine/future generations to come?
Michael Kuzma, Esq. has asked me to ask all of you to email question to me before Thursday night's interview. Any ideas & opinions will also be considered for airtime Thursday night.
My email is: email@example.com
This is an election year, as we are all too well aware of- It's time for Justice, Leonard deserves a fair trail, like every person who lives in America.
Please tune in Thursday night from 7-8:00PM PST & listen for your questions, etc. I also will have time to share announcements, wherever they are and/or birthday greetings, etc. from 8-8:30PM PST on Red Road Community Calendar. If you have a special message for Leonard, you can all in during the 8-8:30pm time period as well.
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March 11, 2008
Up to this very day, the FBI is still withholding thousands of pages from the RESMURS files that have never been made available to Leonard Peltier or his attorneys. Documents are supposed to be automatically declassified after 25 years under Executive Order 12958. The FBI is arguing that this material should not be subject to automatic declassification because it could damage or cause serious damage to national security and the so-called war on transnational terrorism. The FBI also claims that the release of the withheld documents would reveal the identities of confidential sources. Mr. Peltier's lawyers have argued that these are nothing more than pretense to prevent the release of further evidence of the continuing violation of Mr. Peltier's constitutional rights and further drives home the fact that Mr. Peltier never received a fair trial.
A hearing regarding the release of these documents will take place on Tuesday, March 11th, 2008, beginning at 9:00 a.m. before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Court will be held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in the Frey Moot Courtroom at 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008, BEGINNING AT 9:00 A.M.
case 07-1745MN Leonard Peltier v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Kermit E. Bye - Fargo, ND
Lavenski R. Smith - Little Rock, AR
Steven M. Colloton - Des Moines, IA
News Source: http://panafricannews.blogspot.com/2007/03/courts-deny-leonard-peltier-access-to.html
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Courts Deny Leonard Peltier Access to Thousands of FBI Documents
LEONARD PELTIER DEFENSE COMMITTEE
P.O. Box 583
Lawrence, KS 66044-0583
Tel: (915) 533-6655
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 -
COURTS DENY LEONARD PELTIER ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF LONG-HIDDEN FBI DOCUMENTS
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2007
Contact: Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Michael Kuzma, Esq.
In two separate decisions rendered this month, United States District Judge Donovan W. Frank and a three judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit refused to order the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to release thousands of pages of documents relating to Leonard Peltier.
Both Judge Frank and the Appeals Court upheld claims by the FBI that release of the sought-after information would, among other things, cause serious damage to the national security of the United States and the war on transnational terrorism.
In 2003, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit declared that, "Much of the government's behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are undisputed." Nevertheless, Judge Frank found that any evidence of prior FBI misconduct was "irrelevant."
Michael Kuzma, attorney for Leonard Peltier in both cases brought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) said that, "The Courts are unwilling to dispense justice when it comes to Leonard Peltier."
Kuzma went on to state, "How can anyone claim that Leonard Peltier received a fair trial in 1977 when the government withheld and continues to withhold thousands and thousands of pages of FBI documents?"
Barry A. Bachrach, who served as co-counsel with Kuzma, indicated that he was, "disappointed, but not surprised that the Courts elected to summarily uphold the decision by the FBI to keep the documents hidden on dubious national security grounds." Bachrach went on to ask, "How can FBI documents generated over three decades ago possibly pose a threat to the national security of the United States?"
Judge Frank's decision will be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Peltier attorneys have 30 days to file a Notice of Appeal.
Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), was convicted in Fargo, North Dakota, on April 18, 1977 for the shooting deaths of FBI Special Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on June 26, 1975.
Posted by Pan-African News Wire at 9:52
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