Pollard appeal rejected by Federal Court

Federal Court rejects Jonathan Pollard's appeal of his parole conditions.

Guy Cohen ,

Jonathan Pollard
Jonathan Pollard

The Federal Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected Wednesday Jonathan Pollard's request to ease the conditions of his parole and to cancel his curfew obligation and other restrictions.

The court stated that the parole board had been within its rights when it required Pollard to wear an electronic bracelet, maintain a nightly curfew and allow the monitoring of his home and work computers. He is barred from travelling to Israel.

Pollard, who served 30 years in prison for spying on the US for Israel, longer than any comparable or criminal offenders, appeared last week before a panel of three judges in the appellate court and asked them to ease his parole conditions.

Pollard's lawyer, Elliot Lacer, asked the judges to reconsider the conditions, which also prevent Pollard from leaving his New York residence from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. and prevent him from using internet freely and being interviewed by the media.

The court rejected a similar appeal hours after Pollard's release in 2016.