In 1975, during a confrontation involving AIM members, two FBI agents were killed. Leonard Peltier was convicted of their murders but was denied a fair trial. There were severe violations, including the prosecution’s withholding of evidence that might have assisted Leonard Peltier’s defense.
In light of these concerns, the former US Attorney who supervised the prosecution team post-trial, James Reynolds, has since called for clemency.
Leonard Peltier is now almost 80 years old and has spent more than 44 years in prison. His health is deteriorating, and his lawyers have recently submitted a new petition for clemency.