A representative for jailed American Indian activist Leonard Peltier says he considers President Donald Trump “a wild card” who might be willing to look into setting him free.
Peltier, 73, was convicted for the murders of two FBI agents during a 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
KFGO News reports, an attorney has filed a formal request asking President Trump to grant a pardon or commute Peltier’s life sentence.
A letter written to the President by Peltier’s attorney David Frankel says for decades Peltier “has been subjected to a vicious campaign of fake news by the FBI.”
The letter also says Peltier is in poor health and wants to go home to the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
Last year, former President Barack Obama denied a clemency request for Peltier.
Sheridan Murphy is with the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. “All that would necessarily be needed is for the President to see that there was misconduct that’s been admitted” Murphy said.
Murphy says “the pardon request is “certainly worth the effort” because he considers Trump a “wild card.” “You have no idea where he’s going to go.”
The White House isn’t commenting.
SOURCE: KFGO News