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Sirhan Sirhan moved to Coalinga prison

Sirhansirhan Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles in 1968, has been transferred to a different prison, California corrections officials said today.

Sirhan, who has been in the state prison system since May 5, 1969, was moved from California State Prison in Corcoran to Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga at his request, the officials said.
In Corcoran, Sirhan was kept in the Protective Housing Unit, one of the most isolated areas of the state prison system, said Oscar Hildalgo, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. In Pleasant Valley State Prison, he will live in a single cell on a high-security yard where he will be in closer proximity to other inmates.

Sirhan is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole, which he has repeatedly been denied, for the June 5, 1968, killing at L.A.'s Ambassador Hotel. Kennedy had just declared victory in California’s Democratic primary for president when he was shot by Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant who was immediately wrestled to the ground by onlookers.

-- Michael Rothfeld in Sacramento

Photo: Sirhan Sirhan at a parole hearing in 1997. Credit: Eric Paul Zamora / Associated Press.

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There is a chance for parole after murdering our best chance for an honest President? Our justice system is really wacky. As much as I hate the death penalty, it is hard for me to see people who make choices like this warehoused!

" At his request"
What the hell does that mean ???
Does he pay for that move ??
Single cell-?? Is the housing a reservation system ??
Just what the hell is going on ??
And-just who is in charge ??

Robert F. Kennedy probably would have become President of the United States if he hadn't been assassinated. Sirhan changed history, he'll probably never be paroled.

So the taxpayers have been paying this assassin's room and board since 1969. He killed Robert Kennedy in full view of several witnesses...this is surely a justifiable case for execution. Why has he been permitted to live and breathe for so long?

>Why has he been permitted to live and breathe for so long<
Thank the wackos like Mike Farrell!

You know in your heart RFK would never have wanted Sirhan to face the death penalty. Certainly the rest of the Kennedys have been anti death penalty.

I am impressed with your well written article abt Sirhan's move to a different prison. I'd like to share with you what the paper contains that Sirhan is holding with both hands on the table during his parole hearing : it is a copy of the Baggett Memo which I sent to him. When he tried to read it he was whisked out of his chair and told the meeting is over. He was lead out of the parole hearing room.
The Baggett Memo is an independent report by Larry Baggett who was affilliated with LAPD in which he used the Balliscan camera to compare bullet 47 with bullet 54 & found that two different guns were used (lands & grooves differed). In short Baggett's findings corroborated criminalist Wm Harper's stinging report (bullet 47 is RFK neck bullet & bullet 54 is the Weisel bullet -a victim who was shot in abdomen in Ambassador Hotel pantry @ time RFK was shot). Rose Lynn Mangan

I was on youtube site looking up current info on Ethyl Kennedy. I wasn't sure if she was still alive, bless hear heart. I ran into a 3 part deal of Bobby's speech and and shooting death. Damn that was awful! Anyway it led me to wondering what happened to the ... well, what happened to Sirhan. All I can say is I'm pretty sure if you took our leaders (or whoever) took a survey on whether or not the People wanted or thought he should be granted parole I bet most would ask (as I did) why is he even still alive? How did he get life WITH parole? I guess maybe there was no death penalty or something. Maybe the DA was weak or I don't know but I know he should never be let out. He would have to be watched and not because of what he might do but what society would try to do to him. So our taxes would now have to go to protect this awful creature on the "outside." How much have we paid to keep him safe and alive in prison? I don't get it. I just figure if he is so miserable in prison then that's just where he ought to stay... FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE! Well of course if he would like to do the world a favor and request to be put to death. LOL He took the life of a man with so much promise and who wanted to give us his beautiful dream. He was a father of so many children that were left to grow up with only memories and not even that much for the very young and especially the baby Ethyl was carrying at the time Sirhan killed their young father! No. He need stay where he is. I'm upset having had to be reminded of all this stuff. Do the rest of society a favor and keep him out of sight. I don't say kill him, heck, that's too good really, but since he want's out so bad, leave him there to live with what he did to our country.

I want to add this thought with respect to Sirhan's continued quest for parole.
Before parole can even be considered the court must first examine the merits for the granting an evidentiary hearing. As Sirhan's official researcher I discovered irrefutable proof of the use of fraudulent bullets etc. And, I ask the public to read but one page - the Sirhan Trial Transcript page 3967.
Just how did that happen in America?
Rose Lynn Mangan


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