The sharpest political snipes among the Democratic 2008 presidential hopefuls can be traced beyond media mogul David Geffen to a jailed man named Leonard Peltier.This is absolutely sickening. Geffen thinks that Obama would be better able to deliver clemency for Peltier, who gunned down two FBI agents.
Peltier, convicted of murder in 1977 for allegedly gunning down a pair of FBI agents in a shootout at South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, was one of the primary reasons cited by Geffen for jumping ship from New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign in favor of fellow Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
Lawyers have been challenging Peltier's conviction for the past 30 years. He has become a cause celebre, with critics arguing that the government's successful prosecution was corrupt.
In 2001, Geffen, a key Democratic supporter with deep pockets and influence among Hollywood's elite, was one of many high-profile backers of a clemency campaign for Peltier, an American Indian activist, during the final days of Bill Clinton's presidency.
FBI supporters, however, fought back, launching an aggressive campaign of their own to keep a man who they believed killed two agents behind bars. Among their tactics were full-page newspaper ads and a march on the White House to influence Clinton's decision.
This is yet more insight into the party and the movers and shakers of the Democrats and what they have in mind on a wide array of social and law enforcement issues. How exactly would granting clemency to a cop killer show strength on law enforcement?
The left has been trying to spring Peltier for 30 years to no avail. There's good reasons for that, but that doesn't stop the left from trying again and again.
And if it wasn't Peltier, they would try to push the Mumia abu Jamal case - another cop killer.