Richard...the slaughter of two young agents by Leonard Peltier (with AK 47) and his (AIM) band of 40 bushwackers will go down in history as the most cowardly deed ever perpetuated by an American Indian...You will not find any true facts concerning the case on the Internet...I was disappointed that you only linked to his side of the story....t HALT LEONARD PELTIER APPEAL RESOLUTION The strident maneuvers continue for a new trial for Leonard Peltier, convicted for the ambush murders of SA¹s Ron Williams and Jack Coler on June 26, 1975 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In the December 1992 Minneapolis City Council meeting a proposed resolution was presented for such a new trial. At the same time an article by William Kunstler, well-known attorney for numerous radical defendants and a spokesman for the ³new trial² group, had published locally an article captioned ³Why the FBI Wants No New Peltier Trial², in which he put out false statements and unfounded charges against the FBI investigation. The facts that Leonard Peltier was charged and convicted of two counts of first degree murder in connection with the agents¹ deaths, that the conviction was upheld by the Federal Appeals Court and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal, and that Peltier had been afforded all avenues of our judicial system were not publicized. Before the Minneapolis City Council took action, however, this omission was effectively corrected by a contingent of FBI Agents and Sheriff¹s Office deputies led by SAC Nicholas V. O¹Hara (now retired) of the Minneapolis FBI Office., who had been an active, articulate and effective crusader for justice in this case, which is of prime interest in this North Central region. By coherent arguments and presentation of facts SAC O¹Hara and his associates derailed the resolution by providing a convincing theme. Peltier should not get a new trial for a simple reason - he is guilty..... ...SAC O¹Hara decried the ³Hollywood type misrepresentation of this case.² He noted the portrayal on ³60 Minutes² and the 1993 book by Peter Matthiesen ³In the Spirit of Crazy Horse²; two films ³Thunderheart² and the Robert Redford movie ³Incident at Oglala²; and the unfounded and false statements of William Kunstler and former AG Ramsey Clark. These endeavors all urge a new trial for Leonard Peltier, something his defenders seek in the public media when their efforts in the judicial system have failed. The murders of SA¹s Williams and Coler are a sad and deplorable part of FBI history. In the sense of justice and loyalty, as the response of SAC O¹Hara and his associates shows, FBI agents past and present, will not allow the memories of these Service Martyrs to be besmirched.
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Leonard Peltier & the FBI