Assassin's Lawyer Says Sirhan Sirhan Was Brainwashed

http://abcnews.go.com/US/robert-kennedys-killer-sirhan-sirhan-brainwashed/story?id=13029050

Assassin's Lawyer Says Sirhan Sirhan Was Brainwashed
On Eve of Parole Hearing, RFK's Assassin Says He Doesn't Remember the Shooting

"There is no question he was hypno-programmed," lawyer William F. Pepper told ABCNews.com. "He was set up. He was used. He was manipulated."

By RUSSELL GOLDMAN
March 1, 2011

A lawyer for Sirhan Sirhan, the confessed assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, plans to present new evidence at a parole board hearing suggesting that he did not act alone, was potentially brain washed and cannot remember anything about the 43-year-old shooting.

"There is no question he was hypno-programmed," lawyer William F. Pepper told ABCNews.com. "He was set up. He was used. He was manipulated."

Sirhan will appear before a California parole board on Wednesday for the 14th time since his May 1969 sentencing. It is the first time he will be represented by Pepper.

Taking a page from the conspiracies that have dogged the assassination of Kennedy's brother President John F. Kennedy, Pepper plans to introduce new evidence that suggests there was a second gunman who fatally shot RFK in the kitchen of a Los Angeles hotel, following his victory in the 1968 California presidential primary.

Pepper said he believes Sirhan was "hypno-programmed," essentially brainwashed to kill Kennedy and his memories were then erased.

The lawyer's tale has all the makings of a great conspiracy theory, if not a science fiction thriller akin to the "Manchurian Candidate."

"Ten independent witnesses say Sirhan was always in front of Bobby, never behind him," said Pepper, "but the autopsy says Bobby was shot at close range from behind the right ear."

Pepper says he believes he knows who ordered Sirhan to shoot Kennedy, but won't yet say who it is. He said in addition to the parole hearing, he is preparing an appeal.

Pepper said Sirhan is "remorseful" for his role in the 1968 assassination of Kennedy, but the gunman "does not remember anything about the shooting."

The image of Sirhan sitting in a California prison cell in 2011 regretting a crime he does not remember does not jibe with a defiant Sirhan sitting a California courtroom in 1969.

The second gunman theory is not new, said Cyril Wecht, a renowned forensic pathologist and one of two independent physicians who examined Kennedy's body. Wecht was also one of nine forensic pathologists on a panel who reexamined the JFK assassination, but the only one who dissented from the single bullet theory.

Wecht said the coroner in the RFK case gave "unchallenged, unequivocal" testimony to the grand jury that Kennedy had been shot from behind at close range. Witnesses all put Sirhan in front of Kennedy.

Wecht said it was scientifically plausible to hypnotize someone and induce them to murder, but said he did not know if there was enough evidence to suggest that in Sirhan's case.

Parole hearings are typically not the platform to introduce new evidence, or retry a case. Boards typically want to hear convicts express remorse for their crimes, not deny remembering them.

But Pepper says "There is an exception when the factual narrative is wrong. Counsel has the right to correct those facts. I don't know why prior counsel never did that. I am going to clarify the record."

A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said she cannot comment on the specifics of Sirhan's case, but parole board hearings generally "are not to decide guilt or innocence."

"The board accepts as fact the guilty verdict," said Terry Thornton. "The purpose is to determine if or when an inmate can return to society."

Pepper successfully won a 1999 civil case against the city of Memphis, in which he argued Memphis police were involved in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., for which James Earl Ray, the only suspect was convicted in 1969.

Pepper said Sirhan had been examined by Daniel Brown, a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, who found he was "easily hypnotized" and was not faking his inability to remember the crime.

Brown was travelling and could not be reached by ABCNews.com for comment.

"[Sirhan] has whole blocks in his mind that are missing," Pepper said. "He doesn't remember anything,

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voting not working here

I voted everyone up on this thread except for Aidan because his "vote mechanism" does not work for me. Aidan, thanks for the video.

I am glad to see that mainstream mentions this case of Sirhan. I happened to catch a short 10 second primetime TV News spot about this Sirhan case the other night, but they omitted the details.

The case of Sirhan is very significant, because of its many inferences.

My personal opinion is that Sirhan Sirhan definitely had been mentally programmed to perform certain compulsive actions along with "mental forgetter mechanisms" to the whole scenario, including "forgetter mechanisms" to the mental programming.

We all know that mental manipulations can exist. We see an example of this with our culture and 9/11. Some mental manipulations might involve much heavier duress and more attenuated awareness <--(such as drugs) than other manipulations.

we can knock down the theory

posited by the government/LAPD that Sirhan Sirhan shot the deadly bullet by looking at the coroner's report which shows that bullet was fired from 1-3 inches range
that's enough to open a new investigation

we can knock down the theory

posited by the government/LAPD that Sirhan Sirhan shot the deadly bullet by looking at the coroner's report which shows that bullet was fired from 1-3 inches range
that's enough to open a new investigation

that's what my logical side says

my emotional side says Sirhan Sirhan is safer where he is, considering the brashness of the dominant covert clique which is expanding the US empire right now via 9/11

Aidan's voting mechanism still not working...

Several times on Friday evening and Saturday (3/4/11 and 3/5/11) I tried to vote up Aidan's contribution to this thread. His voting mechanism did not work, nor would it "highlight" when the pointer edges over the arrows.
It is now Sunday morning, and the voting mechanism for him alone does not work. The others commenters' voting mechanisms work.
I was easily able to vote up every comment on this thread, but not Aidan's.

i voted his comment up and it worked fine

and a few other comments here

im not very info tech minded so can't help more than that info

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His vote mechanism still does not work

Doug,
Thanks for the info.
It is Sunday night.
Aidan's vote mechanism does not work at all for me. Everyone else, all other comments, are no problem for me.

Monday - voting mechanism still not working

Monday morning
My voting mechanism for Aidan's comment still does not work, but it easily works for all other comments.
Aidan has 1 vote currently.
At one time he had 3.

It Doesn't Work For Me Too! And I Am Me!

Its a conspiracy!

In any event, if the voting system has a silver lining it is that it demonstrates that there are some hopelessly petty readers who will even vote down an otherwise good comment because they don't like the commenter. The comment containing the very good RFK documentary was as high as 4 votes and is now at 0.

I am laughing.

Aidan, I couldn't help but laugh at how you phrased things. "...and I am me."

I could vote up your comment here, but not the top one (Monday night).

maybe you have found

a glitch in the matrix

could be a wormhole !

Documentary: RFK Must Die

rfkmustdie.com

Watch/Download in HQ for free HERE

Surprisingly open-minded article

"Pepper successfully won a 1999 civil case against the city of Memphis, in which he argued Memphis police were involved in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., for which James Earl Ray, the only suspect was convicted in 1969. "

Didn't expect to read this in ABC News.

AP News Story - Mar 3 - on yahoo

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110303/ap_on_re_us/us_sirhan_parole_13
Sirhan Sirhan denied parole in 1968 RFK killing
By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch, Ap Special Correspondent – Thu Mar 3, 4:16 am ET


COALINGA, Calif. – Parole officials have refused to give Sirhan Sirhan a date with freedom, saying he hasn't shown sufficient remorse for Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's death or understand the enormity of the assassination that changed U.S. history more than 40 years ago.

During four intense hours Wednesday in a prison's small hearing room, Sirhan told board officials of his regret but also said he could not remember the events of June 5, 1968.

"I don't remember pulling a gun from my body. I don't remember aiming it at any human being. Everything was always hazy in my head," Sirhan said. "I don't remember anything very clearly....I'm not trying to evade anything."

Sirhan said he underwent hypnosis at his lawyer's behest but still did not remember shooting Kennedy or five other victims in the crowded kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles where Kennedy stood moments after claiming victory in the California presidential primary.

"Every day of my life, I have great remorse and deep regret," he told the panel at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga. He said a psychologist told him years ago to stop dwelling on it or he would never heal.

The two-member panel of the California parole board determined that Kennedy's convicted assassin hadn't shown enough remorse and didn't understand the severity of a crime that was mourned by a nation four decades ago.

Sirhan, now 66, with graying hair and a missing front tooth, appeared cheerful at the outset, bidding the commissioners "good afternoon." He spoke more than he has since his trial, a departure from his 12 previous parole hearings where he rarely spoke and sometimes refused to appear.

Sirhan emphasized he's a practicing Christian who attends services every Sunday. He said he was put in solitary confinement at the Central California prison after he became a target of hatred following the Sept. 11 attacks. Fellow inmates thought he was a Muslim, he said.

He pleaded with the panel to give him a release date, saying he was willing to accept deportation to his native Jordan. He said no one in his family is involved in politics and he suggested he wouldn't be either if he was released.

"I want to live, get lost in the woodwork and live out my life with my community," he said.

But the panel chairman, Mike Prizmich, and the deputy commissioner, Randy Kevorkian, told Sirhan he must seek further self-help courses, come to terms with the shooting and show evidence of his improvement by his next parole hearing, which would be in five years.

"The magnitude of this crime is one that a nation mourned over, and from that day on, politicians changed the way they interacted with people," Prizmich said.

He noted the impact on the Kennedy family, which had endured another tragedy five years before with the killing of President John F. Kennedy.

At that point, Sirhan interjected, "That's not my responsibility."

The commissioner cut him off.

"In this way, interrupting me indicates a lack of control of yourself," he said.

Sirhan's attorney, William F. Pepper, told the panel he took on Sirhan's case after his former lawyer died because he became convinced that Sirhan did not fire the fatal shot . He has said he believes a second gunman was involved and Sirhan may have been brainwashed.

Prizmich asked why during his trial Sirhan made self incriminating statements. Pepper said everyone had told him he was guilty, even his own lawyers.

Harvard psychologist, Daniel Brown who hypnotized Sirhan and conducted extensive interviews with him for the past three years, concluded in a report that he has amnesia about the Kennedy shooting and other segments of his life.

The parole panel acknowledged that Brown and a prison psychologist concluded that Sirhan has a low risk of violent behavior in the future.

Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Dahle disagreed.

"We believe Sirhan Sirhan released would still pose a substantial danger to the public," said Dahle. He said Sirhan has an anger problem and listed incidents dating back to the 1970s when he was first incarcerated.

Dahle suggested that although the crime was not supposed to be retried at the hearing, the killing of a presidential candidate during a primary was one of of the darkest chapters of Los Angeles County history.

"Standing on its own, it's sufficient to find him unsuitable for parole," Dahle said

Sirhan was originally sentenced to death over objections by Kennedy family members who said they wanted no more killing. The sentence was commuted to life in prison when the U.S. Supreme Court briefly outlawed the death penalty in 1972.

Outside the prison, Pepper said he was planning further legal actions on Sirhan's behalf.

"This is an ongoing story" he said. "We're not going to let him rot in here for a crime he didn't commit."

William Pepper ...an inspiration!