WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A Washington federal court hearing for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard was adjourned Tuesday, without a decision on his bid to have his life sentenced reduced.
Pollard, who has been in prison for more than 16 years, pleaded guilty to spying for Israel during the mid 1980s, while he was a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy.
But in exchange for his cooperation and guilty plea, prosecutors agreed not to seek a life sentence -- only a "substantial" sentence, which was left undefined.
However, a federal judge subsequently rejected the plea agreement after receiving a highly-classified damage assessment from then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger alleging enormous damage to U.S. national security.
The Jerusalem Post said Pollard's lawyers are seeking two key things: permission to view classified documents filed by the U.S. government shortly before Pollard's sentencing, and a new hearing during which they could demonstrate Pollard received ineffective counsel during his sentencing.No date has been set for the court to rule.
Pollard's life sentence is the most severe prison term ever given for spying for an ally.