International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Pardon Attorney
Washington, D.C. 20530


January 18, 2017



Mr. Martin Garbus
3 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016-5902


Re: Mr. Leonard Peltier

Case No. C179410


Dear Mr. Martin Garbus:


The application for commutation of sentence of your client, Mr. Leonard Peltier, was carefully considered in this Department and the White House, and the decision was reached that favorable action is not warranted. Your client’s application was therefore denied by the President on January 18, 2017.  Please advise your client accordingly.

Under the Constitution, there is no appeal from this decision.  As a matter of well-established policy, we do not disclose the reasons for the decision in a clemency matter.  In addition, deliberative communications pertaining to agency and presidential decision-making are confidential and not available under existing case law interpreting the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.  Your client will become eligible to reapply for commutation one year from the date on which the President denied the current application.



Office of the Pardon Attorney

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