Leonard Peltier Case

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On April 18, 1977, Leonard Peltier was found guilty of two accounts of first degree murder. He was sentenced to serve two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for the murders of two FBI agents. Despite the jury’s unanimous verdict, many individuals believe that Peltier is a victim of social injustice. The evidence used against Peltier is in many cases circumstantial and does not provide solid evidence to convict him. Whether or not he was responsible for the deaths of the two FBI agents, his case deserves to be viewed from other perspectives in addition to personal bias.
On June 26, 1975, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler were assigned to arrest Jimmy Eagle on account of kidnapping and armed assault. They followed a car believed to contain Eagle onto the Jumping Bull Ranch. The occupants of the car included Leonard Peltier, Robert Robideau, Darrell Butler, and Jimmy Eagle (all members of AIM [American Indian Movement]). The car pulled over and shots were exchanged between the occupants of the car and the two FBI agents. Witnesses describe that the gunshots solicited the assistance of other AIM members and neighbors of Jumping Bull Ranch. This information is based upon transmissions sent by the agents prior and during the shoot-out. At roughly 11:45, the agents reported …show more content…

Anderson had been picked up the day before the murder and yet was still used as a “witness” claiming to have seen Peltier shoot Coler and Williams. Upon examination, the truth came out that he was only being obedient because he was threatened by the FBI to give false witness. Draper was not in custody at the time of the murder, and claimed to have heard the shots and jumped into a ditch but saw Peltier shoot the agents. Upon cross examination, it was found that Draper was promised the charges against him would be dropped and that he would be given a new identity and

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