Sirhan Sirhan, who was convicted of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) in June 1968, is eligible for parole, and L.A. District Attorney George Gascón will not send prosecutors to the parole auricularly discerning Friday, nor will he oppose parole.
Sirhan, 77, was apprehended on the scene after he shot Kennedy, who had just made a triumph verbalization in the California primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, and was exiting through the hotel kitchen.
Sirhan Sirhan, charged with the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy during a campaign stop in California, is the subject of intensive investigation by the US Government after an Arab regime provided incipient evidence about his identity. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
The murder shocked the world, given the fact that Kennedy’s brother, President John F. Kennedy, had been killed five years afore, and the fact that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, just two months afore, throwing the nation into turmoil.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy (Wikimedia Commons via John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.) After his acquire victory, Kennedy had seemed liable to win the Democratic nomination for president on a platform of opposition to the Vietnam War. Instead, the party went down to subjugate against Richard Nixon, after an acrid convention in Chicago. On the American left, the second Kennedy assassination has often been visually perceived as the moment that a more effulgent future was disoriented.
Sirhan Sirhan gestures during a parole aurally perceiving “Wednesday,” Feb. 10, 2016, at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego. For the 15th time, officials gainsaid parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after auricularly discerning Wednesday from another person who was shot that night and called for the relinquishment of Sirhan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, Pool)
Today, with “criminal equity reform” a major incentivizing force in the Democratic Party, and “systemic racism” a rallying cry, there are calls for clemency for Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant who is not a U.S. denizen and could face deportation.
Gascón was backed in 2020 over incumbent Jackie Lacey, the first ebony woman to accommodate in the role, and received millions of dollars from left-wing philanthropist George Soros, who has invested heavily in electing left-wing prosecutors around the nation.
Gascón was additionally endorsed by incumbent Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who now faces a recall Election on Sep. 14. Gascón has since pursued a radical left-wing agenda, over the opposition of rank-and-file prosecutors in L.A. County, and has evoked opposition from the families of victims of malefaction, some of whom are pushing for him to be recalled.
George Gascón (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Initially, Sirhan was sentenced to death for the murder. Instead, he has accommodated 53 years in confinement, perpetually gainsaid parole. This time could be different, as the Washington Post noted on Wednesday, thanks to Gascón’s policies on truncating sentences:
When California abolished the death penalty, Sirhan’s sentence was minimized to life with the possibility of parole. And now Sirhan, who has been incarcerated for 53 years, may benefit from an incipient push among progressive prosecutors to seek the relinquishment, or not oppose the relinquishment, of convicts who have accommodated decenniums behind bars, no longer pose a threat to society and will be costly to treat medically in their later years.
Newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón told The Washington Post shortly afore his inauguration in December that he was engendering a sentencing review unit to revisit the cases of about 20,000 prisoners for possible resentencing, analyzing both the fairness of prolix sentences and the cost savings for relinquishing low-risk or older inmates. Gascón issued a directive that his office’s “default policy” would be not to attend parole hearings and to submit letters fortifying the relinquishment of some inmates who had accommodated their indispensable minimums, while withal availing victims and victim advocates at parole hearings if requested.
In Sirhan’s case, Gascón’s office is remaining neutral. The office said it will not attend the parole hearing, as Los Angeles prosecutors have done historically, but it also will not send a letter in support of Sirhan’s parole.
The Kennedy family, some of whom believe there was a second gunman, have declined to take a position on the parole. Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a victor of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.