The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

RFK’s oldest son denounces parole


BOSTON >> Former congressma­n Joseph P. Kennedy II, the oldest son of Robert F. Kennedy, denounced the possible parole of the man convicted of killing his father in California in 1968.

“Two commission­ers of the 18-member California Parole Board made a grievous error last Friday in recommendi­ng the release of the man who murdered my father,” Kennedy wrote in the emailed statement released Sunday. “I understand that there are differing views about ending the sentence of this killer, including within my own family. But emotions and opinions do not change facts or history.”

The board on Friday found that Sirhan Sirhan, 77, no longer poses a threat to society, noting that he had enrolled in more than 20 programs including anger management classes, Tai Chi and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. The ruling will be reviewed over the next four months by the board’s staff. It will be sent to the governor, who will have 30 days to decide whether to grant it, reverse it or modify it.

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