The Los Angeles prosecutor’s workplace, funded by Soros, will not oppose RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan’s parole request
This August 25, 2021 image provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Sirhan Sirhan. The Los Angeles Attorney’s Office is not opposed to the release of Sirhan Sirhan, who is now 77 years old and who will be suspended for his 16th parole on Friday, August 27, 2021, for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 of his age and will not pose a threat to society. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)
By Julie Watson and Brian Melley, AP
Sirhan Sirhan is on parole Friday before his 16th hearing for the fatal shooting of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, and for the first time no prosecutor will be present to argue that he should be kept behind bars.
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, a former police officer who took office last year after running on a reform platform, says he idolized the Kennedys and mourned the murder of RFK, but sticks to his policy that Prosecutors play no role in deciding whether prisoners should be released.
That decision should best be left to members of the California Parole Board, who will be able to judge whether Sirhan has been rehabilitated and can be safely released, Gascón told The Associated Press earlier this year. Re-indicting a case decades after a crime shouldn’t be a prosecutor’s job, even in notorious cases, he said.
“The role of a prosecutor and his access to information ends with the conviction,” said Alex Bastian, special adviser to Gascón, in a statement on Thursday.
From photo taken by Boris Yaro for the Los Angeles Times.  Photo republished by Gatehouse Media. Sirhan, 77, served 53 years for the first degree murder of the New York Senator and brother of President John F. Kennedy. RFK was a Democratic presidential candidate when he was shot and killed at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles shortly after his victory speech in the crucial California primary.
Gascón said he admired Kennedy while Sirhan is “the kind of person we all love to hate”.
“I can be very emotional about my personal feelings (about someone) who killed someone who I thought could be an incredible president for this country,” said Gascón. “But that has no place in this process. Just like it does not apply to the person who no one knows about. “
Sirhan’s new defense attorney Angela Berry said she could no longer agree.
She plans to argue that the board’s decision should be based on who Sirhan is today rather than past events on which the board previously based its parole. She said she plans to focus on his exemplary record in prison and show that he is not a threat.
From California Department of Corrections – California Department of Corrections Photographic Records., Public Domain
“We cannot change the past, but he was not sentenced to life imprisonment without parole,” Berry told the AP on Thursday. “To justify, to justify this based on the gravity of the crime and the fact that it has disenfranchised millions of Americans, ignores the rehabilitation that has occurred and that rehabilitation is a more relevant indicator of whether a person is still at risk to society or not.”
Sirhan’s hearing is chaired by a two-person body that usually announces its decision on the same day. After that, the parole board staff has 90 days to review the decision and then it is turned over to the governor for review.
The parole board would not say whether the Kennedy family or anyone else made statements against Sirhan’s release. Attempts to reach out to the Kennedy family for comment have been unsuccessful.
Sirhan was sentenced to death after his conviction, but that sentence was commuted to life when the California Supreme Court temporarily banned the death penalty in 1972. At his last parole hearing in 2016, after more than three hours of intense testimony, the commissioners concluded that Sirhan failed to show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime.
Berry said California laws, approved since 2018, support her case. One she would like to highlight before the board of directors advocates the release of certain elderly prisoners who committed crimes at a young age when the brain is prone to impulsiveness. Sirhan was 24 years old at the time of the murder.
Sirhan has recorded on his account in the past that he does not remember the murder. However, he did recall events before the crime in detail – that day he went to a shooting range, visited the hotel in search of a party, and returned after discovering he was too drunk to go after drinking to drive by Tom Collins cocktails.
Shortly before the attack, he was having coffee with a woman he was drawn to in a hotel pantry. The next thing he remembered was that he was suffocating and unable to breathe when he was taken into custody. At his hearing in 2016, he said he had remorse for each crime victim but could not take responsibility for the shooting.
Sirhan told the panel at the time that he hoped to be deported to Jordan after his release or to live with his brother in Pasadena, California.
After 15 refusals for his release, Berry said it was difficult to predict how much impact the absence of prosecutors will have on the outcome.
“I like to think that it will make a difference. But I think everyone is aware of the fact that this is political, ”she said.