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Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan seeks parole

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART MUST CREDIT CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABLILTATIONASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Los Angeles – 29 June 19681. Various, Sirhan Sirhan led from cell area in Los Angeles jail ++MUTE++ANNOTATION: Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, is asking a judge on to reverse California Gov. Gavin Newsom's denial of his parole.CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION – MUST CREDITLocation not given – 25 October 20212. STILL photo of Sirhan SirhanBOHDAN LAWSan Diego – Date unknown3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sirhan Sirhan, convicted killer of Robert F. Kennedy:++AUDIO COVERED BY PREVIOUS STILL++My name is Sirhan Sirhan. I'm 78 years old and have been incarcerated for 54 years in the California Department of Corrections. (Operator: This call and or a telephone number will be monitored and recorded.) On August 27, 2021. I was found suitable for parole by the California Board of Parole hearing after reviewing my half century rehabilitative record, which includes extensive self-help programing and college education, mentoring others in nonviolence, being a dutiful worker, being without a behavioral write up for almost 50 years, and examining the state's expert psychological evaluations of me, the commissioner and deputy commissioner concluded that I was not a risk to society and I was eligible to come home."CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION – MUST CREDITSan Diego – 27 August 20214. STILL photo of Sirhan SirhanBOHDAN LAWSan Diego – Date unknown5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sirhan Sirhan, convicted killer of Robert F. Kennedy:++AUDIO COVERED BY PREVIOUS STILL++"All I want to do is return home to my brother and live out the rest of our days in peace. For many years, I have been in contact with the victims and the victims' families, making direct and indirect amends for my action."STORYLINE:Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, is asking a judge on Wednesday to free him from prison by reversing California Gov. Gavin Newsom's denial of his parole earlier this year.Sirhan shot Kennedy moments after the U.S. senator from New York claimed victory in California's pivotal Democratic presidential primary. He wounded five others during the shooting at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.Newsom said in January that Sirhan remains a threat to the public and hasn't taken responsibility for a crime that changed American history.But his attorney, Angela Berry, says there is no evidence her now 78-year-old client remains dangerous.She is filing what's known as a writ of habeas corpus asking a judge to rule that Newsom violated state law, which holds that inmates should be paroled unless they pose a current unreasonable public safety risk. Recent California laws also required the parole panel to consider that Sirhan committed the offense at a young age, when he was 24, and that he is now an elderly prisoner.Berry said she is challenging the governor's reversal as an "abuse of discretion," a denial of Sirhan's constitutional right to due process and as a violation of California law. It also alleges that Newsom misstated the facts in his decision.Berry said the governor "acted with personal bias, incorporated the wrong law, ignored mitigation evidence, and did not afford Sirhan the same rights as others eligible for parole."Newsom overruled two parole commissioners who had found that Sirhan no longer was a risk. Among other factors, Newsom said the Christian Palestinian who immigrated from Jordan has failed to disclaim violence committed in his name, adding to the risk that he could incite political violence.The ruling split the iconic Kennedy family, with two of RFK's sons — Douglas Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — supporting his release. But RFK's wife, Ethel Kennedy, and six of Kennedy's nine surviving children opposed his parole.Newsom has cited RFK as his political hero and keeps RFK photos in both his official and home offices, including one of Kennedy with his late father. Berry accused him of politicizing the parole process.Berry accused Newsom of putting his "political goals and agenda above that of the Constitution."Newsom's office did not respond to a request for comment. Newsom, a Democrat, has in recent months sought more national recognition in calling out Republicans particularly the governors of Florida and Texas. Newsom is running for reelection in November but he also has sparked speculation that he has presidential ambitions, something that he has repeatedly denied.It's unclear how quickly a judge might rule on Berry's petition, and either side could appeal an adverse decision. but Sirhan is set for a new parole hearing on March 1.Sirhan originally was sentenced to death, but that sentence was commuted to life when the California Supreme Court briefly outlawed capital punishment in 1972.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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