Martin Garbus, who heads up Eaton & Van Winkle’s Civil Rights Law Group, was in the nation’s capital last week to gain support for a clemency petition on behalf of Leonard Peltier. Mr. Peltier was convicted in a June 1975 shootout between FBI agents and Native Americans at Wounded Knee in South Dakota.
Mr. Garbus was in Washington to meet with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and members of the White House staff in the effort to support the petition being filed with President Obama.
Leonard Peltier has served nearly forty years in prison due to a wrongful conviction. The events at Wounded Knee are described in the book In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse, for which Martin Garbus wrote the afterword.