U.S. judge orders review of Jonathan Pollard’s parole restrictions

Jonathan Pollard and his wife Esther in the first photograph following his release from prison. Credit: Justice for Jonathan Pollard.

(JNS.org) A U.S. judge has ordered a federal commission to review and explain why it has imposed strict parole restrictions for Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who was released in November after serving 30 years in prison for spying.

Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan ordered the U.S. Parole Commission to further review Pollard’s case.

“There is a fundamental issue which the court believes informs its review,” Forrest said. “And that is the question as to whether there is anything that Mr. Pollard can disclose that will endanger the public.”

Under the terms of Pollard’s release, he must wear an ankle monitor, have a 7 p.m. curfew, and have his computer usage monitored. Pollard’s attorneys have argued that these restrictions interfere with his ability to find a job and to observe Shabbat.  

Posted on December 15, 2015 .