The Full Story of Sirhan’s Hearing

Today, I published a detailed report on Sirhan’s parole hearing at WhoWhatWhy.org. You can read an excerpt below and continue reading on their site. This wraps up my coverage of Sirhan’s parole hearing until the official transcript is published in the next four weeks or so, when I’ll back with more details:

Sirhan Parole

The ban on video and audio recordings at Sirhan Sirhan’s parole hearing on February 9 meant the world depended on the one reporter allowed inside the hearing to tell us what happened. He had to condense “more than three hours of intense testimony” into 854 words.

Elliot Spagat’s lively account of the proceeding for the Associated Press omitted one very important document that shooting victim and Kennedy family friend Paul Schrade presented to the parole board. This was a letter from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to US Attorney General Eric Holder, dated September 25, 2012, supporting Schrade’s request for a new investigation of his father’s murder:

Paul was a close friend and advisor to my father. He was standing beside my father when Daddy was killed and Paul was himself wounded by a bullet. With boundless energy and clear mind, Paul continues to pursue my father’s ideas, an endeavor to which he has devoted his life. He organized with the support of my mother and my family the building of the new Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools on the former Ambassador Hotel site. Paul and his team…strongly believe this new evidence is conclusive and requires a new investigation. I agree and support his request for a new investigation.

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Sirhan Sirhan with attorney William Pepper

Sirhan Sirhan with attorney William Pepper

One thought on “The Full Story of Sirhan’s Hearing

  1. Christine Sell says:

    I was raised to believe that justice was always possible in the US but in my lifetime so many things have happened to disprove that treasured myth. The treatment of Sirhan Sirhan is one more iteration of the real truth: justice in the US is always difficult to attain and possibly impossible.

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