The Nation is the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States and it continues to be at the forefront of liberal thought. This week, The Nation welcomed Eaton & Van Winkle partner Martin Garbus onto its weekly podcast to discuss the clemency case for Leonard Peltier.
Mr. Garbus appeared on the program Start Making Sense, a 33-minute broadcast that includes luminaries such as former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich, who discusses economic policy and also includes a review of the crazy year that was 2016.
But the focus for Mr. Garbus was Leonard Peltier, for whom the clock is ticking. Mr. Peltier’s 1975 conviction in a murder case was believed by many to have been tainted from the start. The push for clemency got a big boost last week when the lead prosecutor in the case joined the call for clemency.
The public relations pressure is being put on the Obama White House in its final 48 hours in office. Prospects for obtaining a pardon in the Trump Administration are seen as dim. As President Obama continues to issue pardons—he started with 231 in December and just this week pardoned major league baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey of a 1995 conviction on tax evasion—Mr. Garbus wants to be sure that Leonard Peltier is not forgotten.
You can listen to the podcast here. For those who wish to join Mr. Garbus and add their voices to the push for clemency, you can visit Friends Of Leonard Peltier, which allows for a convenient way to e-mail the White House.