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BOSTON (AP) — The spouse of the late Robert F. Kennedy’s says murderer Sirhan Sirhan shouldn’t be launched from jail, additional roiling a household divide over whether or not the person convicted of killing her husband in California in 1968 needs to be freed on parole.
In a quick assertion launched on Twitter by her daughter, lawyer and activist Kerry Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy mentioned bluntly Tuesday: “He should not be paroled.”
“Bobby believed we should work to ‘tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of the world,’” Kennedy, 93, wrote.
“He wanted to end the war in Vietnam and bring people together to build a better, stronger country. More than anything, he wanted to be a good father and loving husband,” she wrote, including: “Our family and our country suffered an unspeakable loss due to the inhumanity of one man. We believe in the gentleness that spared his life, but in taming his act of violence, he should not have the opportunity to terrorize again.”
Her assertion got here per week after former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, RFK’s oldest son, additionally denounced the doable parole of Sirhan, 77.
Two different RFK offspring, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Douglas Kennedy, have mentioned they assist the discharge.
The California Parole Board discovered final month that Sirhan not poses a risk to society, noting that he had enrolled in additional than 20 applications together with anger administration lessons, tai chi and Alcoholics Nameless conferences. Sirhan has served 53 years of a life sentence.
The ruling might be reviewed over the subsequent 4 months by the board’s workers. Then it is going to be despatched to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who can have 30 days to resolve whether or not to grant it, reverse it or modify it.
Robert F. Kennedy was a U.S. senator from New York and the brother of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963. RFK was looking for the Democratic presidential nomination when he was gunned down on the Ambassador Resort in Los Angeles moments after delivering a victory speech within the pivotal California main. 5 others had been wounded.