Kerry Kennedy says she is ‘deeply grateful’ to Newsom for refusing Sirhan Sirhan’s parole

Robert F. Kennedy’s daughter Kerry said Friday she is “deeply grateful” to California Governor Gavin Newsom for rejecting her father’s request for parole.

Sirhan Sirhan assassinated RFK in 1968, moments after he won the California Democratic Primary.

He admitted it in subsequent interviews, and in the 1990s, he started changing his story to say he couldn’t remember what he’d done.

The California Parole Board recommended this week that he would be eligible for parole, and one of RFK’s sons, Robert Kennedy Jr., backed the recommendation.

Governor Newsom dismissed him, saying he was not allowed to go out and that he has never repented.

In an interview with Good morning America on Friday, Kerry Kennedy, one of RFK’s 11 children, said she and most of her siblings were grateful for the decision.

“I am very grateful to the governor for that decision.

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Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, said Friday she was grateful that Governor Gavin Newsom rejected Sirhan Sirhan's parole attempt

Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, said Friday she was grateful that Governor Gavin Newsom rejected Sirhan Sirhan’s parole attempt

Sirhan Sirhan, now 77

Sirhan Sirhan, now 77

The death of New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy sent shockwaves across the country

The death of New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy sent shockwaves across the country

Sirhan was arrested and found guilty of the 1968 murder of New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The killer insists he cannot remember the event of the deadly night

sen.  Robert Kennedy and Ambassador Hotel employee Juan Romero photographed moments after RFK was shot by Sirhan Sirhan on June 5, 1968

sen.  Robert Kennedy and Ambassador Hotel employee Juan Romero photographed moments after RFK was shot by Sirhan Sirhan on June 5, 1968

sen. Robert Kennedy and Ambassador Hotel employee Juan Romero photographed moments after RFK was shot by Sirhan Sirhan on June 5, 1968

Sirhan approached RFK with a rolled-up campaign poster and hid his .22 revolver which shot him in the head just 30 centimeters away

Sirhan approached RFK with a rolled-up campaign poster and hid his .22 revolver which shot him in the head just 30 centimeters away

Sirhan approached RFK with a rolled-up campaign poster and hid his .22 revolver which shot him in the head just 30 centimeters away

“This is a man who has shown no remorse, who has shown no ability to take responsibility for his crime, and he is a current danger to the people of California and to our country.

Newsom wrote an op-ed for The Los Angeles Times yesterday explaining his decision.

“Kennedy’s murder not only changed the course of this country and robbed the world of a promising young leader, it also left his 11 children without a father and his wife without a husband.

Kennedy’s family bears his loss every day. “Millions of Americans lost a unifier at a time of national unrest and grief just nine weeks after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and four and a half years after the assassination of Kennedy’s brother, President John F. Kennedy,” he said. he.

Parole commissioners found Sirhan suitable for release “because of his impressive extensive track record in rehabilitation over the past half century,” she said. “Since the mid-1980s, Mr. Sirhan has been consistently found by prison psychologists and psychiatrists to pose no unreasonable risk to the public.”

In this image from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Sirhan Sirhan arrives for a hearing on Friday, August 27, 2021

In this image from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Sirhan Sirhan arrives for a hearing on Friday, August 27, 2021

In this image from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Sirhan Sirhan arrives for a hearing on Friday, August 27, 2021

He must NOT be paroled': RFK's widow Ethel Kennedy, 93, joins 6 of her nine surviving children who oppose Sirhan Sirhan's parole as opposed to sons

He must NOT be paroled': RFK's widow Ethel Kennedy, 93, joins 6 of her nine surviving children who oppose Sirhan Sirhan's parole as opposed to sons

He must NOT be paroled’: RFK’s widow Ethel Kennedy, 93, joins 6 of her nine surviving children who oppose Sirhan Sirhan’s parole as opposed to sons

Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert Kennedy who was assassinated during his 1968 presidential campaign, wrote a letter to the probation commission pleading not to release Sirhan Sirhan.

Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert Kennedy who was assassinated during his 1968 presidential campaign, wrote a letter to the probation commission pleading not to release Sirhan Sirhan.

Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert Kennedy who was assassinated during his 1968 presidential campaign, wrote a letter to the probation commission pleading not to release Sirhan Sirhan.

During his interrogation, white-haired Sirhan Kennedy called “the hope of the world.” But he stopped taking full responsibility for a shooting he said he couldn’t remember because he was drunk.

Sirhan was arrested for killing RFK in 1968

Sirhan was arrested for killing RFK in 1968

Sirhan was arrested and found guilty of the 1968 murder of New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The killer insists he cannot remember the event of the deadly night

“It pains me… the science for such a terrible act, if I really did,” Sirhan said.

The parole panel’s recommendation in August to release Sirhan divided the iconic Kennedy family.

Most notably, six of RFK’s nine surviving children signed a letter publicly pleading with the probation commission and Newsom not to grant Sirhan’s parole.

“As children of Robert F. Kennedy, we are devastated that the man who killed our father has been recommended for parole,” the letter began.

“We firmly oppose the parole and release of Sirhan Sirhan and are shocked by a ruling that we believe violates the standards of parole of a known first-degree murderer in the state of California.” The siblings directly called on Newsom to reject the parole, insisting that they “intend to challenge Sirhan’s release at every step.”

It was signed by Joseph P. Kennedy II, Courtney Kennedy Hill, Kerry Kennedy, Christopher G. Kennedy, Maxwell T. Kennedy and Rory Kennedy, who wrote that the decision “caused tremendous additional pain.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom, who had cited RFK as having a personal hero, denied Sirhan's chances of parole, calling the convicted killer a threat to public safety.

California Governor Gavin Newsom, who had cited RFK as having a personal hero, denied Sirhan's chances of parole, calling the convicted killer a threat to public safety.

California Governor Gavin Newsom, who had cited RFK as having a personal hero, denied Sirhan’s chances of parole, calling the convicted killer a threat to public safety.

The panel’s decision was based in part on several new California laws since his parole in 2016 — the 15th time he’d lost his bid for release.

Commissioners had to take into account that Sirhan had committed his crime at a young age, when he was 24; that he is now old; and that the Christian Palestinian who emigrated from Jordan had suffered childhood trauma from the conflict in the Middle East.

In addition, Los Angeles County prosecutors did not object to his parole, following District Attorney George Gascón’s policy that prosecutors should not be involved in deciding whether inmates are ready for release.

The decision had a personal element to Newsom, a fellow Democrat, who displays RFK photos in his official and home offices. One of them belongs to Kennedy with Newsom’s late father.

Newsom has previously reflected on the seriousness of Sirhan’s fate in his hands, saying it was an emotional issue that harks back to the turbulent 1960s and reopened memories many want to forget.

Sirhan was originally sentenced to death, but that sentence was commuted to life in prison when the California Supreme Court briefly banned the death penalty in 1972.

He now has a heart condition and survived prostate cancer, Valley fever and his throat slit by another inmate in 2019, his attorney, Angela Berry, said.

Munir Sirhan has said his older brother can live with him if he is released and not deported to Jordan. Sirhan Sirhan waived his right to fight deportation.

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