Newsom denies parole for Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday Robert F Kennedy assassin denied parole Sirhan Sirhan said the 77-year-old “poses an unreasonable threat to public safety.”

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Running news: Newsom rejected a recommendation made in August by a California Parole Board panel that agreed to a conditional release for Sirhan.

  • Two children of RFK supported the move to release Sirhan.

state of play: Newsom, which made the final decision on Sirhan’s release, refused parole because of Sirhan’s “refusal to accept responsibility for the crime” and “lack of insight to support a safe release”.

  • “Serhan’s assassination of Mr. Senator Kennedy is one of the most infamous crimes in American history.” Newsom wrote in his decision,
  • “After decades in prison, he has failed to address the shortcomings that led him to assassinate Senator Kennedy,” Newsom wrote. “Mr. Sirhan lacks the insight that prevents him from making the same dangerous decisions he has made in the past.”
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Flashback: RFK was assassinated in 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles while delivering a victory speech while running for president in the Democratic primary in California.

What will happen next: Sirhan’s new parole hearing will be scheduled after February 2023, per AP.

  • Sirhan’s lawyer, Angela Berry, will also ask the judge to overturn Newsom’s decision. AP reports.
  • “We sincerely hope that a judicial review of the governor’s decision will show that the governor has done it wrong,” Berry said.
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