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Judge signals she won't try to ease parole conditions for Jonathan Pollard

| Friday, July 22, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

NEW YORK — A U.S. judge warned a convicted Israeli spy on Friday that she had only “limited” authority to help him overcome parole conditions preventing him from taking a financial industry job.

During a nearly two-hour hearing, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest repeatedly lowered expectations for Jonathan Pollard, who served more than 30 years in prison after admitting giving secrets to Israel. She said she expects to rule within a month.

Forrest signaled she was unlikely to grant Pollard's request that she direct the U.S. Parole Commission to eliminate some parole restrictions, including monitoring of work computers and his whereabouts, along with a curfew.

She began the hearing by announcing that her ability to review a decision by a parole board “is quite limited.” She noted that if Pollard were sentenced today, he would be ineligible for parole. And she suggested that he could teach or find a job other than the position as an investment firm analyst that he was offered after his November release.

In June 1986, Pollard pleaded guilty to conspiring to deliver national defense information to a foreign government.

Prosecutors accused him of giving secrets to Israeli agents from June 1984 through November 1985.

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