Gavin Newsom Denies Parole to RFK Assassin Sirhan Sirhan

Sirhan Sirhan (at left), convicted of killing Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, pleads his case during his tenth parole hearing at the Corcoran State Prison in California in 1997. (Reuters)

California governor Gavin Newsom denied parole to Robert F. Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan on Thursday, several months after a California parole board recommended Sirhan’s release.

The governor’s office said Newsom determined that Sirhan “currently poses an unreasonable threat to public safety.”

“Mr. Sirhan’s assassination of Senator Kennedy is among the most notorious crimes in American history,” Newsom said in a statement. “After decades in prison, he has failed to address the deficiencies that led him to assassinate Senator Kennedy. Mr. Sirhan lacks the insight that would prevent him from making the same types of dangerous decisions he made in the past.”

Newsom has repeatedly referred to Kennedy as a political influence. In his acceptance speech after defeating Republican Larry Elder in a recall election in September, Newsom said he was “resolved in the spirit of my political hero Robert Kennedy ‘to make more gentle the life of this world.’”

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