The Washington Post reports:
A California parole board panel on Friday voted in favor of Sirhan B. Sirhan’s request for release from prison on parole, 53 years after he was arrested and convicted of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, finding that he was no longer a threat to society, according to Sirhan’s brother, one of Kennedy’s sons and one of Sirhan’s surviving victims.
The slaying of Kennedy (D-N.Y.), then a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, likely changed the course of American history. But Sirhan’s lawyer argued that was an irrelevant consideration for parole — that the criteria of rehabilitation, remorse and future dangerousness applied to all prisoners should also be applied to Sirhan, now 77.
Read the full article. The decision must still be upheld by the full parole board and then approved by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Parole board panel votes for release of Sirhan Sirhan, imprisoned for killing Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 https://t.co/JLlyq5w0nW
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 27, 2021
BREAKING: The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy has spoken in favor of paroling his father’s assassin. Prosecutors declined to attend the parole hearing and thus did not argue that Sirhan Sirhan should be kept behind bars. https://t.co/8Tbv8yTb8H
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 27, 2021
Two of RFK’s sons spoke in favor of Sirhan Sirhan’s release, but the ruling is not the final say on the 77-year-old’s future. https://t.co/FYLxWNURUi
— WGRZ (@WGRZ) August 27, 2021