Joseph P. Kennedy III Joins Father In Condemning Parole For Sirhan Sirhan


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Joseph P. Kennedy III has joined his father in condemning the proposed parole of Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.

On Wednesday, the former Massachusetts congressman released a statement on Twitter citing his opposition of the recommendation by two California Parole Board members that Sirhan should be released from prison.

“I believe deeply in the possibility of parole in the American justice system. I also believe deeply that the man who murdered my grandfather does not deserve it,” Kennedy said.

This comes just days after Kennedy’s father, Joseph P. Kennedy II, put out his own statement saying the California Parole Board made “a grievous error” in recommending Sirhan’s parole.

Kennedy said he echoes the anger and heartache of his father, siblings and grandmother. He said for his family, "there has been no apology, no acceptance of responsibility, and no remorse.”

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The former congressman went on to say that inequalities have plagued America’s criminal justice system since its founding and that there has been no justification for letting Sirhan walk free.

Kennedy also said those who commit such acts of violence should not be granted this kind of accommodation.

This is the sixteenth time Sirhan has asked for parole.

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