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Leonard Peltier has been in prison since 1976 for the crime of defending his people. The government violated their own laws and the constitution in order to convict Leonard. Even the Tenth Circuit Court found that, “Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed.” After witnesses changed their stories and it was found that the FBI ballistics report had been faberacated, U.S. Government prosecutors have stated that they don’t know what role Leonard played in the firefight– he was just there that day and thus, by default, aided and abetted in the deaths of the agents. It can be reasoned that since the first two AIM members were found not guilty by reason of self-defense, then Leonard has been in prison all these years for aiding and abetting an act of self-defense.