“Sirhan, who is now 77, has remained in prison for 53 years.”
Sirhan Sirhan is the man who shot Robert F. Kennedy, brother of President John F. Kennedy, in 1968. RFK died the day after the shooting. Sirhan was tried and sentenced to death.
Years later, Sirhan’s sentence was commuted to life in prison. Now he is going before the parole board for the 16th time and Los Angeles prosecutor George Gascón is not going to oppose.
If Lee Harvey Oswald was still alive, would he be eligible for parole too?
Celine Castronuovo reports at The Hill:
Prosecutors for first time not opposing parole for RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan
Los Angeles prosecutors for the first time have decided not to oppose the release of Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.) in 1968.
The Washington Post reported that Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s office is remaining neutral in the case and will not be present at Sirhan’s parole hearing on Friday.
While prosecutors had opposed Sirhan’s release in 15 previous parole hearings, Gascón upon taking on his role in December 2020 said his office’s “default policy” would be to not attend parole hearings and to instead work to submit letters in support of inmates who have served mandatory minimums and no longer pose a threat to society.
The Post noted, though, that the district attorney’s office was looking to be completely impartial in Sirhan’s case and would not be submitting a letter in support of his parole.
Sirhan, who is now 77, has remained in prison for 53 years.
Nathan Place of the Independent has a comment from an adviser to Gascón:
“The role of a prosecutor and their access to information ends at sentencing,” Alex Bastian, an adviser to District Attorney George Gascon, told the Post. “If someone is the same person that committed an atrocious crime, that person will correctly not be found suitable for release. However, if someone is no longer a threat to public safety after having served more than 50 years in prison, then the parole board may recommend release based on an objective determination.”
This is just baffling. Are Democrats OK with this?
This isn’t someone who robbed a bank. He shot and killed a United States senator and was sentenced to death.
Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of Robert F. Kennedy assassination, seeks parole with no opposition from prosecutors https://t.co/QIYd65TM21
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